Pervez Musharraf hospitalized, fails to attend treason trial in Pakistan

Pervez Musharraf hospitalized, fails to attend treason trial in Pakistan

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The former president of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf failed to attend his treason case trial in the country on January 2, 2014. Musharraf had to be hospitalized after he suffered from a heart problem while he was on his way to court in order to attend a hearing in the highly publicized case.

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He was summoned to the special tribunal in Islamabad, after he did not show up for two previous sessions because of security threats against him. The team of Musharraf said that the allegations – which are related to his imposition of emergency rule back in November 2007 – are politically motivated and the former president’s attorneys have challenged the three-judge tribunal’s authority.

Musharraf has become the first former army chief to go on trial in the country, which sets up a potentially destabilizing clash between the Pakistani government – which is responsible for the charges – and the all-powerful military. While talking to the court in Islamabad, a senior police official Jan Mohammad said that Musharraf had fallen ill during transportation to the hearing with heavy security.

Mohammad said, “He has been shifted to Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology after he got heart problem”. Security at the hospital in Rawalpindi is tight, with soldiers and paramilitary rangers present at the scene. A spokesperson for the former president said that Musharraf was conscious and oriented in time and space and was being examined by military doctors.

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