Team of specialist doctors to evaluate Musharraf’s health

Team of specialist doctors to evaluate Musharraf’s health

A Pakistani tribunal trying former military ruler Pervez Musharraf for high treason Thursday ordered doctors to examine his health after his lawyer sought permission to send him abroad for treatment, dpa reported.

Musharraf was rushed to a military-run hospital in the garrison city of Rawalpindi near Islamabad on January 2, when he complained of chest pain while being taken to the tribunal.

He was summoned on Thursday but his attorney, Anwar Mansoor, submitted a letter signed by a doctor from the Paris Regional Medical Center in Paris, Texas, that the former ruler should be transferred to the hospital in the United States for treatment.

Chief of the tribunal Justice Faisal Arab, after hearing the arguments of lawyers over the failure of Musharraf to appear in court, ordered that doctors from the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology, where he is being treated, should examine him and present a detailed report on January 24.

Justice Arab also exempted Musharraf from Thursday's appearance in court.

Musharraf's lawyer also told the trial judges that Dr Arjumand Hashmi from the hospital in Texas, who treated the former commando in the past, had expressed concern over his heart condition after seeing his medical reports.

The tribunal on the previous hearing on January 9 ruled that the reports did not indicate that Musharraf should not attend court.

Musharraf is facing treason charges for suspending the constitution in 2007 when he imposed emergency laws to control the judiciary.

Speculation is widespread that he will be allowed to go abroad on the pretext of ill health because the powerful military does not want to allow the humiliation of its former chief.

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