Musharraf's medical reports sent to Britain: Lawyer

By AFP
Published: January 4, 2014
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Former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf. PHOTO: AFP

Former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf. PHOTO: AFP

RAWALPINDI: Doctors treating former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf have sent his medical reports to experts in Britain, who will determine his further treatment after he suffered a heart problem on the way to his treason case, his lawyer said Saturday.

The 70-year-old former ruler was taken ill and rushed to the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology in Rawalpindi on January 2 as he was being transported under heavy guard to hear treason charges against him at a special court in Islamabad.

The treason charges relate to his imposition of emergency rule in November 2007 and abrogating the Constitution under Article 6. Musharraf’s team, however, claims that these allegations are politically motivated.

The sudden health scare was met with skepticism from some observers and feverish media speculation that his departure from Pakistan on medical grounds could be imminent.

“The reports of the medical tests of General (retired) Musharraf have been sent to the experts for further examination in the UK,” Kasuri told AFP.

“The decision about his further treatment to be carried out in Pakistan or abroad will be taken in the light of the British experts’ opinion,” he said.

“Of course they (the Pakistan doctors) will give him excellent treatment. He is a former President of Pakistan and Army Chief. He is a high profile personality,” Kasuri said.

Musharraf is under a travel ban and ministers have repeatedly said they will not lift it.

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  • Dq
    Jan 4, 2014 - 3:28PM

    AFIC is known as the ‘Pride of Pakistan Army’ and if they can’t treat their ex-army cheif its speaks volumes about the competence of doctors in Army Med Corps or they are a party to this escape strategy of the ex-commando general..

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  • Saleem
    Jan 4, 2014 - 3:46PM

    This is a proven escape roue that political crooks have used in the past and now this commando is going to try as well. Why Pakistan has no medical facilities to treat these crooks so they can be brought to justice rather than escaping to land where all crooks end up; UK. Recommend

  • Jan 4, 2014 - 4:10PM

    We wish him good health.

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  • Pk_Paris
    Jan 4, 2014 - 4:14PM

    His escape will only prove that he is brave, fearless commando BUT only in words…. Shame

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  • PTI
    Jan 4, 2014 - 4:28PM

    Sure sure, everyone in Pakistan who suffer from heart problem is sent abroad for treatment. I’m so tired of all this drama in Pakistan.

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  • Muslim Leaguer
    Jan 4, 2014 - 4:37PM

    Very soon the Doctors will “advise” him for treatment in UK.
    This time around he will not be allowed to roam freely around the world or give political statements the way he has been making during his self-imposed exile in 2008-2013.

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  • Dr.M.M.Khan
    Jan 4, 2014 - 4:44PM

    Here we have a 70 year old patient. He has spent almost all his life in the ” line of fire “. He is now facing both physical and psychological danger to his life. He develops chest pain and is rushed to a hospital for investigations Rather embarassingly the best expertise in Pakistan cannot make up their mind and send his medical report to foreign countries for second opinion. What a farce. In Norway it would take less than an hour to put all the bricks in place. In Pakistani terms it amounts to politics of health.

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  • Billa escaped; Justice Denied
    Jan 4, 2014 - 5:03PM

    The tactical game of agencies and his supported army have started to some how pave ground for his escape abroad very soon after this. The dirty game of agencies and army support and in-accountability has brought Pakistan and its nation, region to destruction and marked it the land of wild animals. The escape of this billa will soon the top story. Democracy, the rule of law and justice is still the ever weak in Pakistan against the security establishments, army and its supportive criminals.

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  • roadkashehzada
    Jan 4, 2014 - 5:08PM

    so UK is the destination. not KSA or UAE

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  • polpot
    Jan 4, 2014 - 5:14PM

    So does the MI6 operate a Cardiology Centre?
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    Ok Ok just asking.

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  • polpot
    Jan 4, 2014 - 5:16PM

    This Brave Commando is known to run with his tail between his legs in face of adverstity
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    Proof: Kargil.
    qed.

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  • polpot
    Jan 4, 2014 - 5:18PM

    The decision about his further treatment to be carried out in Pakistan or abroad will be taken in the light of the British experts’ opinion,” he said.
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    The courts have to appoint their own Experts and lift the veil of secrecy of the medical condition of this person who is accused of very serrious crime.

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  • unbelievable
    Jan 4, 2014 - 5:24PM

    Are you seriously trying to tell me that someone with a heart condition can’t get treatment in Pakistan? Even if that’s true surely a Billionaire can afford to have hear specialist flown in using his own money.
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    Here’s a novel idea – stop the drama and put this guy on trial for murder – you know the charge he was originally incarcerated for many months ago. Seems to me that you have forgotten the real purpose behind his original arrest and spend all your time debating terms of his bail, exit restrictions, health and other superfluous items which have little to do with determining his actual guilt or innocence.

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  • Zif
    Jan 4, 2014 - 5:29PM

    So he will go to UK ! Right. Its logical afterall he has a house there. So, will he be treated on state expenses? Remember he is Ex.Army Chief. Oh that would be ironical!

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  • Parvez
    Jan 4, 2014 - 5:37PM

    What a disgraceful charde this is turning into.

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  • Ajab Khan Baloch
    Jan 4, 2014 - 5:41PM

    Why do Politicians, senior Bureaucrats and Generals get special treatment of getting foreign medical treatment? Are they special. Islam teaches us equality and it seems there is non in Pakistan. I am sick and tired of this sham

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  • Striver
    Jan 4, 2014 - 5:43PM

    They say once bitten twice shy. But it was not said for the Pakistanis. The fools keep electing the same snakes. Their leaders are a reflection of themselves, I guess.

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  • Last Word
    Jan 4, 2014 - 5:53PM

    What’s going on General ?

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  • asim
    Jan 4, 2014 - 6:04PM

    @Dq:
    10 years in power and failed to develop any quality hospitals that could treat him eventually;Recommend

  • Jan 4, 2014 - 6:06PM

    I wish he will get death sentence for what he did to our poor country, please authorities judiciary don’t let him go abroad it is a clear ploy of escape.Recommend

  • a_writer
    Jan 4, 2014 - 6:21PM

    @Striver:

    What do you mean ‘electing the same snakes’? As if they have a choice! The Musharaf’s, the Zardari’s and the Sharif’s and the rest of the snakes is all they got. It is either a civilian snake or a military snake – that’s it.

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  • Malik
    Jan 4, 2014 - 6:22PM

    Dear Sir, your Subordinates may have turned blind eye toward you but we people of this country loves you. We will stand with you. We don’t need this army who is begging mercy from handful of terrorists and is laid down in front of India. We understand dynamics of politics and know who and why is doing things wrong. This is your country and you can live or go as a free person. Nobody can dare think of touching you when people are with you. Live a long and blesses life. And thanks for giving so much – you are one of US not them :)

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  • Chitrali
    Jan 4, 2014 - 6:26PM

    God bless you and save you from all evils. We wish your rule once again. We are a bad nation that’s why being ruled corrupt leaders. Please forgive us as a nation for our misdeeds to you.

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  • Jan 4, 2014 - 6:27PM

    must watch our blog for latest and secret news updates http://affairpk.blogspot.com/Recommend

  • Tariq
    Jan 4, 2014 - 6:41PM

    The exit of Musharraf in the shadow of treatment abroad will prove the high suspicion that it is all part of strategy to give Musharraf safe exit thus evading all the alleged charges against him including Article 6.

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  • Rex Minor
    Jan 4, 2014 - 7:00PM

    @Dr.M.M.Khan:
    Perhaps he should go to Norway for examination and treatment? He will be back in Pakistan the same day! Have you any idea about cardiac complications and about the Second Opinion? Besides the guy cannot withstand sub zero temprature!

    Rex Minor

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  • Jan 4, 2014 - 7:04PM

    @polpot:
    the commando has taught you indians a lesson at kargil tthat you will never forget all your life…..long live the president sir pervaiz Musharraf

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  • Sonia Wahab
    Jan 4, 2014 - 7:09PM

    Bye Bye Musharaff. You go and we will sit here where there is no electricity and gas.

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  • Jibran
    Jan 4, 2014 - 7:53PM

    The entire buzdil leadership of Naan League owes an apology to the nation for wasting its time and national resources on the courtroom drama. Truth is that they have made Pakistan a colony of Saudis only for personal monetary gains.

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  • tab
    Jan 4, 2014 - 8:03PM

    From General Pinochet to General Musharraf, the first refuge is hospital, followed by last days in Britain!

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  • Waseem
    Jan 4, 2014 - 8:31PM

    best wishes for your good health. God bless you!

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  • shah
    Jan 4, 2014 - 9:27PM

    Everyone knows that medical facilities in Pakistan really suck. Anyone who can afford does go abroad for treatment. Just see Shahbaz Sharif who can go anywhere in Pakistan for his treatment always flies to UK every few months.

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  • Dr.M.M.Khan
    Jan 4, 2014 - 9:46PM

    @Rex Minor: I thank you for the comment. Indeed Musharraf is most welcome to Norway. He knows the country well. He has visited it at his zenith. The subzero temp. is of no consequence
    I do not wish to be sarcastic about my colleagues in pakistan .We are cut from the same cloth but it pains me to see them sending patients abroad for second opinion..After all what is in Musharraf medical report which cannot be interpreted locally. The concept of second opinion does exist in Norway too but we restrict it to ourselves. In Musharraf case i agree he should be sent out of the country for his own good. How would you feel being treated in a hospital being protected by hundreds of security forces while the politicians and judiciary are crying for your blood(metaphorically mente). It is a political necessity not a medical one!

    Remember Pakistani doctors saved Malala’s life but she was sent to uk ?political necessity.

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  • Dr.M.M.Khan
    Jan 4, 2014 - 9:52PM

    @Rex Minor: Dear Rex, Thanks for your reply. Indeed Musharraf is most welcome to Norway.He knows the country well . I do not wish to be sarcastic about my colleagues in Pakistan. We are cut from the same cloth. The concept of second opinion does exist in Norway but it is restricted amongst it,s own doctors . Pakistani doctors are as good as anybody but it pains me to see them sending patients abroad.. After all what is in Musharraf ,s medical report that cannot be interpreted?.But i agree in this instance he should leave the country.How would you feel being treated while thousends of security people guarding the hospital and the politicians and the judiciary crying for your blood ( it is mente metaphorically) . It is a political necessity not a medical one. I take my hats to my colleagues. After all they saved Malala,s life and yet she was sent to UK ?Political necessity.Recommend

  • Striver
    Jan 4, 2014 - 9:57PM

    @a_writer:
    If we are honest with ourselves then we should accept the truth that the politicians only have themselves to blame for the army to step into the corridors of political power.
    If the politicians were honest and had integrity the would have had no excuse to step in and there would be no need to change the constitution to stop army or cut the powers of a president to sack an incompetent government.
    Let’s not have selective memories.
    Let’s get out there on the streets to bring change
    Let’s get out there to get rid these parasites calling themselves politicians
    Arms-chair critiques can’t bring about a change.

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  • Dr. A.K.Tewari
    Jan 4, 2014 - 10:14PM

    The world community will take him out just as Raymond device if required …….

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  • naeem khan Manhattan,Ks
    Jan 4, 2014 - 10:23PM

    This whole episode of his getting cardiac arrest seems to be a hoax played on the nation, first they planted explosives all over and then he gets heart attack while going to the court and now the report has been sent to London, who sent it and who’s cardiac report is it in the first place. The most prudent way to solve this drama is that the court should ask the most competent cardiologists in the country and there are plenty of them in Pakistan to run some tests on him and then report it to the court otherwise every thing his lawyers are saying are nothing but a big drama to get him out of the country. They are hoodwinking the courts and the nation, the courts are wise enough not to fall for dirty tricks again like they did in case of Ambassador Haqani, he never came back as he promised to the court. The fact is that the elite think that they are above the law and could get away with murder and some of them have. This man has lots of blood of our brave soldiers on his hands when he sent them to Cargill which was unnecessary but was his misadventure. He should also be tried for that folly. Recommend

  • naeem khan Manhattan,Ks
    Jan 4, 2014 - 10:32PM

    @Sonia Wahab:
    LOL, good one.Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    Jan 4, 2014 - 10:33PM

    @Dr.M.M.Khan
    I must say you have high praises for your collegues! It would seem that Mr Parwez Musharaf is in dire need of a Psychiatric procedure though his heart aches have now landed him with cardioligists. He definitely needs a detailed and thorough diagnostic medical check up which can only be carried out in well equiped University clinics.

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  • qzj00
    Jan 4, 2014 - 10:44PM

    “Of course they (the Pakistan doctors) will give him excellent treatment. He is a former President of Pakistan and Army Chief. He is a high profile personality,” Kasuri said..

    And, here I was under the impression that the doctors had to take an oath of providing excellent treatment to everyone and one did not have to be a “high profile personality” to earn it!!Recommend

  • Hamid
    Jan 4, 2014 - 11:05PM

    This coward and cruel commando should not be allowed to leave the country. He should be severely punished for all his evil deeds.Recommend

  • Pakistan
    Jan 4, 2014 - 11:08PM

    I hate this retired general. I even dont pray for his health. He is a criminal.Recommend

  • Tahoor
    Jan 4, 2014 - 11:13PM

    We should not forget that elected PM (Nawaz Sharif) was tied with ropes in the plane. He was kept in Attock Fort in loneliness. He was mis-behaved. He was not allowed to attend the funeral of his father. It is the greatness of Nawaz Sharif that he has forgiven all these sins.
    But Musharraf should face the crimes that he has done against Pakistan.Recommend

  • Yahya
    Jan 4, 2014 - 11:19PM

    I am shocked to read few comments because some people are supporting the most cruel dictator.Recommend

  • Jamil
    Jan 4, 2014 - 11:28PM

    I demand a death sentence for this man from courts. He should not be allowed to flee from the country.Recommend

  • Waseem
    Jan 5, 2014 - 12:14AM

    Musharraf ZindaBad. Best leader Pakistan had got. Those who oppose him are either anti-Pakistan or have foreign agendas.

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  • Rex Minor
    Jan 5, 2014 - 4:19AM

    @naeem khan Manhattan,Ks:
    He should be on his way to the UK by now unless he is being treated presently in the military hospital?

    Rex Minor

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  • polpot
    Jan 5, 2014 - 9:17AM

    The events at AFIC the medical reports and the advise of the British Experts have no Legal Validity
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    On Monday the Court must appoint a medical team who must examine the accused in a neutral venue.

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  • polpot
    Jan 5, 2014 - 10:30AM

    Musharraf’s medical reports sent to India: Lawyer
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    Oh Typo Typo……

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  • Ahmed Ali Khan
    Jan 5, 2014 - 10:54AM

    @Waseem:

    I agree with you. Most of the bad comments regarding Musharraf are from Indian trolls. They have not forget the defeat in Kargill by Musharraf.

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  • king
    Jan 5, 2014 - 11:43AM

    long live king musharraf,,,,,,we suppport u sir

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  • salim
    Jan 5, 2014 - 5:40PM

    @Jahangir:
    The discrimination and bias is of evil proportions. How about others who violated the constitution fro example Hameed Gul or ‘baagal bacha of Zia ul Haq?

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  • Rex Minor
    Jan 6, 2014 - 12:23AM

    @polpot:
    For all practical purpose the guy is no longer at the discretion of the Court, since he has landed in the cardiac unit of the military hospital! He is on a drip and and will remain so as long as the the diagnostic and the treatment procedure is not completed.He has outsmarted the lot, this is how he became the military chief and later the ruler as several before him.

    Rex Minor

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  • Farhan
    Jan 6, 2014 - 12:24AM

    Leave this country Sir and its people on the mercy of NS, Zardari and Fazlur Rehman. They are best fit for this nation. Enjoy your respect globally. You have no space in this corrupt society.

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  • polpot
    Jan 6, 2014 - 6:47AM

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    Imagine how this will be shown in the rest of the world !
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