Former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf on Thursday survived an assassination attempt. According to reports, his convoy escaped a blast in Islamabad.
This comes days after Pakistani Army chief Gen Raheel Sharif is said to have advised the government to allow Musharraf, indicted for treason, to go abroad for treatment and to look after his ailing mother.
The possible exit of 70-year-old Musharraf was discussed during a meeting between Gen Raheel and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. ISI chief Lt Gen Zaheerul Islam also attended the ‘informal consultations’ to decide the fate of the former President, Express Tribune reported.
A powerful bomb went off on a road near his farmhouse on the outskirts of the city shortly after his convoy had passed. The explosion took place on VVIP Road between Faizabad and Rawal Dam Chowk one hour after 70-year-old Musharraf’s convoy passed through the same route at about 3 am to shift him to his farmhouse from from Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology (AFIC) in Rawalpindi.
The intensity of the blast caused about a foot deep hole in the ground at the site of the incident.
The police claimed that the attack was aimed to target the former president, media reports here said.
The police said the bomb disposal squad was called in at the blast site — three kilometers from Musharraf’s sprawling Chak Shehzad farmhouse.
The bomb was reportedly planted in a drainage pipe adjacent to the footpath.
Since Musharraf is under threat from terror groups, heavy security has been given to him and all his routes are thoroughly checked before he gets out. Reports said one person, who was in a car passing through the area, was injured in the blast.
(WITH PTI INPUTS)