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Musharraf may need by-pass; treatment abroad option being weighed

Published Jan 03, 2014 03:31pm


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Pakistani rangers and army soldiers stand guard as a patient is wheeled in front of the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology in Rawalpindi on Jan 3, 2014, where former military ruler Pervez Musharraf is being treated. — Photo by AFP
Pakistani rangers and army soldiers stand guard as a patient is wheeled in front of the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology in Rawalpindi on Jan 3, 2014, where former military ruler Pervez Musharraf is being treated. — Photo by AFP

ISLAMABAD: Three vessels in Pervez Musharraf's heart are blocked and he would either require an angioplasty or a heart by-pass, DawnNews quoted sources in the medical board as saying. The possibility of his treatment in Dubai or London was also being considered.

The former military strongman was moved to the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology (AFIC) on Thursday while en route towards the premises of the special court hearing the treason case against him.

Sources said Musharraf was currently being administered blood thinning medication.

They said the former president was undergoing extreme mental stress which led to the chest pains and his current medical condition.

So far, no official statement has been issued by the army-run hospital about Musharraf’s condition.

Late on Thursday, a senior official at the AFIC had told Dawn that the former president had been brought to the emergency ward. His heartbeat was not normal and after some tests he was shifted to the Cardiac Care Unit-2 to keep him under observation. Otherwise, the official said, his condition was stable.

The official had said doctors did not suggest angiography until late in the night. “The patient has been shifted to the CCU to keep him under observation and for precautionary measures. Otherwise, Mr Musharraf is fit,” the official had said, adding that all necessary tests had been conducted and no sign of minor heart attack was found.


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asif Jan 03, 2014 04:29pm

The people of pakistan dont believe any of this, why does the media report his 'heart problems' as true? is the media scared of calling the army out on these lies and tricks?

Masood Jan 03, 2014 04:51pm

@asif: You only believe in what the Lal Masjid maulvis tell you!.Musharraf was our only hope.

Ahmad Munir Jan 03, 2014 04:59pm

Accountability is heart attack to 'strong men', e.g. Hosni Mubarak

muhd Jan 03, 2014 05:33pm

Quit playing games Musharraf n Army. Army will lose all his so called respect if the scary dictator was let go out

Ragu Jan 03, 2014 05:51pm

The future of Pakistan depends on how they handle this issue of Musharaff considering himself above the law; If the people of Pakistan truly were willing to Pardon him or accept him, they would have voted for him when he stood for election; that is how democracy works in all nations. This military dictator dismissed an elected government, started a military action right behind the back when the PM of a neighboring country was visiting Lahore, brushed aside the Supreme court of Pakistan, etc. When he is brought to the court to answer for his crimes, he lies and cheats on every occasion instead of facing the truth and the consequences. Does he have any bravery left in him???

Kashif Jan 03, 2014 05:52pm

Why do we allow our politicians to go abroad for health issues. If they can't improve the services they should be punished by treating in Local Hospitals so next time they will come in power they will do something about HEALTH SYSTEM. Hypocrite is not intensive enough to use for Politicians and anything more will be censored.

Malik Jan 03, 2014 05:55pm

AFIC should be burnt down if it cannot treat a desperate man on the run...

AR Jan 03, 2014 06:17pm

They always claim army doctors are "men at their best". Why not get this surgery by Army doctors?

hamidik Jan 03, 2014 06:20pm


fida sayani Jan 03, 2014 06:20pm

Musharaf calls himself a commando and claims that he fight from the front. It is pity that heart problem kept him from the call at the Pakistani court. I am no admirer of Zardari but I salute him that guy has the guts to remain in Jail for eight years, but refuse to give in to Musharaf. If the reports are correct that some of his arteries are block, he as a commando and as a patriotic Pakistani should get himself treated in Pakistan, to save foreign exchange as well show his patriotism.

Dr. Sohaib Abdi Jan 03, 2014 06:38pm

Generals Have Immunity In Pakistan By Birth...These mock cases cant hurt them.... Best of Luck for a new life General....

Capt Khan Jan 03, 2014 06:39pm

The General fought in two wars and several undisclosed operations,in the service of the country. We need to remember this.

M Dawood Jan 03, 2014 07:07pm

this is the biggest drama in the nation's history.........bravo musharaf as well as the government........for such a orchestrated farce..........this is disgusting and I feel sorry for everyone.

ANZI Jan 03, 2014 07:22pm

Really ! Appalled that docs can not perform relatively easy heart procedures such as Angio/ bypass etc..within Pakistan. Btw, this one seems like a very very timed chest pain on the former general's part.

Ikram Dar Jan 03, 2014 07:35pm

Pakistani doctors can't do a heart bypass? Aren't they the ones who do them abroad? Isn't the Army hospital supposed to a state of the art hospital? Who are these politicians try to fool. George Bush said, fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me.

syed sami ullah Jan 03, 2014 07:39pm

i think strong man should give amnesty like Mr Nawaz Sharif to go abroad for more struggle for better governance just like Mr Nawaz.

Mustafa Jan 03, 2014 07:49pm

@ Ragu May God protect Musharraf from corrupt leaders, the true enemies of Pakistan. May God create more Musharrafs to serve Pakistan and Pakistanis, Insha Allah.

zahid raja Jan 03, 2014 07:57pm

Watch out when Commando starts to fake , watch out even more when he fakes HA.

Noor Jan 03, 2014 08:33pm

Who wants to be on the wrong side of history? Army, as an institute , Needs to consider this question seriously.

Anees Jan 03, 2014 09:07pm

YES. He does need a "by-pass". He will by-pass all laws very soon.

Just Someone Jan 03, 2014 10:57pm

@Ragu: He couldn't stand in the elections because his candidacy was disqualified by the court.

AZMAT KHAN Jan 03, 2014 11:00pm

Now times are changed.Musharraf ( God give him full health) should face courts bravely.But no lame excuses and delaying tactics.He should surrender himself fully to the courts and if a guillotine falls let it fall with a smiling face.Military should not interfere after repairing its image consirably with the masses.

Just Someone Jan 03, 2014 11:03pm

@Masood: I believe that Musharraf did a lot for the country when he was in power. He was forced to step down. I wish that he had remained. But at that time, it was the correct decision to step down because in the atmosphere that had been created, his presence was doing more harm than good.

I am still his fan but I also feel that now he is a distraction. He can not be voted to power, and even if he comes, he will not be deliver what he did previously. That era is over and we need to move on and try to make best out of what we have. We need to push and force our current leaders to work for the nation and less for their own interests.

Guest64 Jan 03, 2014 11:18pm

There seems to be some sort of contradictory information in this blog . "3 blood veins are blocked , No sign of minor heart attack was found , he is fit " . It can not be true . I am talking from an experience of me as a person ,3 years ago I woke up at night sweating and chest pain. My blood tests and ecg showed a state called AMCI , Acute Mayocardial Infarction state , in plain language it is called Mild heart attack . 5 Days later my angiography showed I had 2 blood vessels blocked between 55% to 99% . Angioplasty was done with 2 stents inserted into the clocked vessels and ever since I am on a cocktail of 7 medicines ( got to take them for life now )

So if a person has 3 blood vessels blocked and they say he did not get any minor heart attack and he is fit ,,,,,,, then obviously there are two possible answers .... 1- either he faked a heart attack to avoid being present in the court for indictment ( political stunt ) 2- The medical report is a pack of lies (medical stunt )

Manqul Jan 03, 2014 11:21pm

Musharraf must be medically treated in Pakistan just like other ordinary people. Also Musharraf must pay all the cost for his medical treatment. He must be tried for treason.

pathanoo Jan 04, 2014 12:25am

Musharraf will leave for emergency medical treatment abroad before January is over. And, every one will be happy and save face. Army will NOT stand for him to be treated like a criminal and be put in the prison. Army weakens and looses face and clout as Musharraf is ratcheted down. Army brass knows if it is Musharraf today; it will be them tomorrow. It is only a matter of time. So, they must stop this charade before it gets out of hand.This was the end game from the very beginning.

Ayesha Khan Jan 04, 2014 12:39am

Mr Musharaff is just a normal human being, he can experience the heart problem also. But at least he is not a hypocrite like others whose hearts don't feel anything and their conscience is dead .

Abdullah Yusuf Jan 04, 2014 01:00am

perhaps Parvez Musharaf has again been hijacked. Wonderful. Classic.

shah Jan 04, 2014 02:17am

A drama to get Musharraf out of the country. Script written by GHQ, SC and PML-N. Pakistan is a complete banana republic.

A shah Jan 04, 2014 03:40am

@Ragu: Well said and 100% true. Us Pakistanis are ashamed of this man only if our corrupt govt had the guts to hang this man!

fida sayani Jan 04, 2014 04:34am

I am surprised that commando has no faith in in the expertise of Pakistani Doctors or he is using his heart problem to flee the country?

khalid Jan 04, 2014 05:35am

@Masood: Rightly said, during his tenure Pakistan was fairing much better then what they have done to it now!

aziz Jan 04, 2014 07:20am

@Ragu: I agree with you.The only problem is he was not allowed to contest in the polls. Pakistans politics is pathetically complicated for common man to understand.

Kalia Ram Jan 04, 2014 09:03am

Indian PM should talk with Pakistan PM about extending medical aid to former General if required to save General's life.

Abdullah Yusuf Jan 04, 2014 05:50pm

perhaps Parvez Musharaf has again been hijacked. Wonderful. Classic.

Fareed Jan 05, 2014 12:16am

"The former military strongman" it sums it up, former strongman , out of military out of strength.

Fareed Jan 05, 2014 12:23am

AFIC has probably handled hundreds of by-pass cases with success. But ex general's heart is special, can't be operated on by AFIC surgeons. Then why not, send him to UK or Dubai, he is an "elite" ..

pathanoo Jan 05, 2014 01:38am

@asif: YES!

pathanoo Jan 05, 2014 01:39am


Shabbir Jan 05, 2014 10:18am

Let him go like our system have done in the past for so many other wealthy and influential people. This will save the so-called democracy. Just a suggestion negotiate free oil or free trade with our 'friends' in return :)

Farhan Jan 05, 2014 11:28am

Mr Anwar said:

Mustafa Jan 05, 2014 01:55pm


" If the people of Pakistan truly were willing to Pardon him or accept him, they would have voted for him when he stood for election"

You are wrong!!. Musharraf didn't contest the elections, he was barred by the election commission.

sabeeh omer Jan 05, 2014 05:11pm

Hundreds of by-pass surgeries are done in Pakistan every day both in the public and private hospitals. What is so peculiar to Musharraf's coronary blockage that it cannot be done in Pakistan? Isn't it an insult to the medical practitioners of Pakistan and the AFIC in particular?

Nabeel Jan 05, 2014 05:29pm

There is nothing wrong with Musharraf. He is just doing drama to avoid courts.

jehangir Jan 05, 2014 10:37pm

God bless you Pervez Musharaf.

Ram Jan 06, 2014 12:02am

Musharaf should be tried in court and punished if found guilty in best interest of pakistan. This will be symbolic for Pakistan millitary and civil leadership, it will be a lesson for future Military leaders that elected politicians do have power and control over military.

However this may not happen it appears Mushraf will escape to UK or US making health as excuse.

Nadeem Chaudhry Jan 06, 2014 12:10am

If AFIC is good enough for the ordinary citizen, it should be good enough for "The Man of Steel"

Mustafa Jan 06, 2014 02:03am

May Allah save Parvez Musharraf and all brave Army men and women in uniform who have served Pakistan, from corrupt politicians and their helpers and supporters.

May Allah let Nawaz Sharif will have his day when he will realize he cannot escape the judgment of Allah.

The wife of Parvez Musharraf has every right to seek medical treatment for her husband anywhere in the world. May Allah help her.