Musharraf suffers ‘heart attack’,skips court

After the unexpected development,the court postponed the hearing till Monday.

Written by PTI | Islamabad | Published:January 3, 2014 1:06 am

Former Pakistani dictator Pervez Musharraf Thursday suffered a “severe heart attack” on his way to a special court to face high treason charges and was admitted to an army hospital,in another dramatic turn in the high-profile case.

Musharraf,70,was summoned by the court to attend the hearing Thursday after he failed to appear on previous two occasions,citing security threats to his life as bombs were found on his route.

After the unexpected development,the court postponed the hearing till Monday.

“The court has exempted Musharraf from today’s appearance due to his health conditions. They have postponed the hearing till Monday,” Barrister Mohammad Ali Saif told reporters outside the court.

Aasia Ishaque,spokesperson of Musharraf’s All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) party said,“He (Musharraf) suffered a severe heart attack while he was on his way to the court.”

Musharraf was not feeling well Wednesday night and doctors had visited his Chak Shahzad farm house,given him medicines and advised bed rest,Ishaque said. “While he was on his way to court today,he had chest pains and he was sweating. Tests done at the hospital showed he had suffered a heart attack,” she told PTI.

Musharraf’s wife was beside him and his 95-year-old mother called from Dubai but was not able to talk to him.

Outside the court,Musharraf’s lawyer Ahmed Raza Kasuri said,“He wanted to come to the court but his health deteriorated suddenly and hence was rushed to Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology. My God keep him well.”

Asked if Musharraf was afraid of court,Kasuri said,“He is a commando and a commando fights. Musharraf’s temperament is that he is not afraid.”

High drama was witnessed at the special court where Musharraf’s lawyer Anwar Mansoor staged a walk-out,citing lack of sleep over alleged disturbances outside the door of his residence.

“I was under total threat… someone was ringing my bell from 1 am to 5 am in the morning ,” Mansoor told the court,adding he had never faced such an incident in his 40-year career.

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