Sadichchha Pokharel,

Editor (Asia: South)

 

RAWALPINDI– Pakistan’s former leader Pervez Musharraf has suffered a heart problem and has been rushed to the hospital while on his way to court for his trial for treason. He has been reportedly taken to the Armed Forces Cardiology Hospital in Rawalpindi.

This will be the third time the former president will have failed to show up at a trial, following two previous security threats. It is unclear what kind of heart problem he suffers from. The public reportedly sees the heart condition as another excuse of Musharraf to not appear in court.

His lawyers have complained that they have been threatened and harassed by the government. Anwar Mansoor Khan, one of the lawyers told the court that he was unable to sleep the previous night because somebody had been banging on his door and ringing his bell. He also reported that he had been attacked in his car while on his way to Lahore following a previous hearing.

 

LIVE UPDATES from our corespondent Zeeshan Javaid:

* Doctors for Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology recommended Coronary Angiography for him.

* Defence Minister of Pakistan Khawaja Asif said that no decision has been taken by the government to send Musharraf abroad for medical treatment
* Justice Faisal Arab awarded in his decision not to arrest Musharraf because of his health issue.
* The decision to sent him abroad for medical treatment would be taken after final review of medical reports by medical experts.
* Musharraf’s wife Sehba Musharraf is in attendance, while his daughter will fly from Karachi to Islamabad tonight.
* Musharraf’s wife Sehba Musharraf flew for Dubai at 8 PM (local time) Flight No. PK-210 from Pakistan International Airline (PIA)

 

This is a breaking news story. Please check back for further updates.

 

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Sadichchha is the South Asia section editor at The Global Panorama. She is an undergraduate student at Cardiff University School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies. Sadi is interested in global health and human rights issues in developing countries, particularly Africa and South Asia. She is into campaigning/social marketing and would like to make a career in the communications for development (C4D) sector. She enjoys reading, writing and travelling.

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