Former military ruler General (retd) Pervez Musharraf. — Photo by AFP
Former military ruler General (retd) Pervez Musharraf. — Photo by AFP

ISLAMABAD: A special court set up in the federal capital to try former military ruler General (retd) Pervez Musharraf for treason charges issued an order for his appearance at its next hearing which has been adjourned to January 16 after reviewing the medical report submitted by his counsel, DawnNews reported.

The court said that Musharraf’s medical report did not mention that he had a heart attack and that he was not in a position to appear before it.

It also said Musharraf had been granted exemption from appearance in the court thrice earlier and added that the former president's counsel had not submitted an application for his no-show today.

Earlier today, the three-member special court, headed by Justice Faisal Arab, had reserved its decision until 2 pm on the former president’s medical report.

During the hearing, the prosecution and defence lawyers had presented their arguments before the court.

Advocate Akram Sheikh had said the former president was not bed-ridden and had met his lawyers yesterday while he was being shifted from the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) to the ward.

The prosecutor had requested that Musharraf’s medical report should be disregarded and that he should be summoned to the court.

He added that there was no mention of Musharraf's absence in the report.

Musharraf’s counsel Ilyas Siddiqui had presented the ex-army strongman’s medical report in court along with a list of people who had undertaken medical treatment abroad on public expenditure.

Moreover, he had also submitted an application stating that the former president was suffering from a heart ailment due to which he could not appear before the court and requested for exemption to be granted to his client from appearing for today's hearing.

The court had granted the application and adjourned the hearing to Jan 16.

Following the hearing, Musharraf’s counsel Ahmed Raza Kasuri had spoken to media representatives outside the court and expressed reservations over making the former president’s medical report public. He claimed that an individual's right of privacy in the Constitution was violated.

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M. Ahmed
Jan 09, 2014 10:52pm

Sharif need to stop this drama and deal with pressing issues people face from security to sky high goods and produce prices.

Bharat
Jan 10, 2014 03:16am

The use of Taquia is never a good idea - you will always get exposed. His heart is that of an 18y year old

Bharat
Jan 10, 2014 05:33am

what he means is that when he is using 'taquia' noone should know

gulzar
Jan 11, 2014 09:35am

Musharaf can never get justice from corrupt system. Case is illegal.

Khalid
Jan 11, 2014 03:23pm

"Kangaroo Court justice"