ISLAMABAD: The medical board of former President Pervez Musharraf on Friday presented his medial report to the special court, while the former military ruler’s counsel Anwar Mansoor said that the assessment of his client’s heath should be kept private.
A three-member special court headed by Justice Faisal Arab and comprising Justice Tahira Safdar and Justice Yawar Ali resumed hearing the treason case against Musharraf, who is under treatment in a military hospital in Rawalpindi.
During Friday’s hearing, Musharraf’s counsel complained that a private television channel had published one of his client’s medical reports on its website and requested the court to issue an order for its removal.
Following which, chief prosecutor Akram Shaikh said the country’s constitution had the provision of a free press, adding that Musharraf claimed himself to be a public figure and the law had different provisions for public figures and private persons. Justice Faisal Arab then said the judges needed to review the report first.
Later, the special court adjourned the matter to Janary 29 and ruled that arguments would be presented over the report in its next hearing, following which a decision would also be announced.
The report stated that Musharraf needs to undergo angiography on immediate basis, but the patient has not provided his consent to undergo the life saving surgery in Pakistan. Instead, he wants to go abroad for the procedure at a facility of his choice. The report further stated that it is crucial to decide about his angiography urgently.
On January 16, the special court ordered the constitution of a medical board consisting of senior doctors of the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology (AFIC) to assess the former president’s condition and submit a report in this regard by January 24.