Special court orders formation of medical board to review Musharraf’s health

Published: January 16, 2014
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Former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf. PHOTO: AFP

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

ISLAMABAD: The special court on Thursday ordered that a medical board should be constituted to review former president Pervez Musharraf’s health condition, Express News reported.

The court had reserved this order after a letter from Musharraf’s US-based doctor was presented before the court. The letter stated that the former president should be immediately sent abroad for medical treatment.

The three-member bench stated that the medical board of Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology (AFIC) senior doctors should inform the court about how serious is Musharraf’s condition, does he need to undergo a surgery and how long will he remain in the hospital.

The medical board will have to send its response to the court on January 24.

Treatment abroad

The US-based doctor – after reviewing Musharraf’s medical reports – recommended that the former military ruler should be immediately sent abroad for treatment.

Dr Arjumand Hashmi had treated Musharraf in the past. He expressed concern over Musharraf’s heart condition and said the former ruler should be sent to his hospital in Texas, US for treatment.

Hashmi made this recommendation in a letter to Musharraf’s lawyers. His assessment was based on the medical reports of the former president.

Anwar Mansoor – who is representing Musharraf in the treason case – presented this letter before the special court.

The letter was written on January 9.

Musharraf was ordered to appear before the special court for the treason case today. The former president faces treason charges under Article 6 for suspending, subverting and abrogating the Constitution, imposing an emergency in the country in November 2007 and detaining judges of the superior courts.

The 70-year-old 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 the special court.

The special court reserved its decision and will announce it at 3pm today. The hearing of the case was adjourned to January 17.

The Islamabad High Court also dismissed a petition seeking exemption for Musharraf from appearing in person.

Ahmed Raza Kasuri

Musharraf’s lawyer Ahmed Raza Kasuri, while talking to the media in Islamabad, stated that the special court bench formed to hear the treason case is unconstitutional.

“It was formed by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and not the federal government,” Kasuri added, further stating that Nawaz is taking revenge from the former military ruler.

When questioned by a reporter about Musharraf’s current medical status, Kasuri got emotional and stated that the journalist “must be a paid Indian reporter.”

Judges detention case

Musharraf did not appear before an anti-terrorism court hearing the judges detention case.

Earlier today, the former president was ordered to appear before the court at 12pm even if he had to come in an ambulance.

Judge Attiqur Rehman said that Musharraf should appear before the court under any circumstances.

The hearing was adjourned to January 27.

On July 14, a special team of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), probing into the charges of detaining senior judges on November 3, 2007 against the former military ruler, had decided to record the statements of superior court judges in an effort to make a strong case against the former president.

Musharraf was indicted by an anti-terrorism court judge in the case on June 15, 2013.

The case is based on a First Information Report (FIR) registered against Musharraf on August 11, 2009 by the Secretariat police for detaining over 60 judges including the now former chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry.

On June 11 last year, the Islamabad High Court had granted the former president pre-arrest bail against surety bonds worth Rs 500,000.

Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui had rejected Musharraf’s bail application on April 18, 2013 and the former president was arrested. Later Musharraf was shifted to his farmhouse, which was declared a sub-jail at that time.

Correction: In an earlier version of this article, Musharraf’s lawyer Anwar Mansoor was incorrectly mentioned as Anwar Maqsood. 

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Reader Comments (74)

  • AliAli
    Jan 16, 2014 - 11:38AM

    an order that is not possible should not be givenRecommend

  • Saim Baig
    Jan 16, 2014 - 11:42AM

    Tell us something new. It was always on the cards.

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  • vasan
    Jan 16, 2014 - 11:58AM

    Fake medical condition and doctors fake recommendation. If u are over 50, consult any cardiologist, they will ask u to get admitted anyway with some medical jargon,

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  • M
    Jan 16, 2014 - 12:12PM

    Musharraf should be a free man.

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  • Nikki
    Jan 16, 2014 - 12:17PM

    Pandora box is over and the case to be dismissed.

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  • shahida.kazi
    Jan 16, 2014 - 12:20PM

    Of course this had to happen.Why did it take so long?

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  • Sajjad
    Jan 16, 2014 - 12:23PM

    AFIC should recommend the further medical treatment not just one doctor. Who would believe that AFIC, the most prestigeous medical institution of Pakistan, cannot treat Mr Musharraf?

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  • rizkhan
    Jan 16, 2014 - 12:24PM

    The drama with the end we all knew day one.Recommend

  • Aschraful Makhlooq
    Jan 16, 2014 - 12:44PM

    If Zardari can go to Dubai and England for routine heart’s check ups then why can’t Musharraf go abroad for really severe diseases’ treatment?????Recommend

  • Curious
    Jan 16, 2014 - 12:48PM

    Put the doctor behind bar,he seems to be hands in glove.

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  • Kamran Khan
    Jan 16, 2014 - 12:48PM

    The remaining part of “doctor’s” statement: “Musharraf should be immediately sent abroad because generals are above the law in Pakistan”

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  • Barkaat khan
    Jan 16, 2014 - 12:54PM

    They gettheir minor treatments from abroad but want others to get it from here with third class medicines.No value of life for others as they are wild animals by nature.

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  • Jan 16, 2014 - 1:02PM

    zardari was not facing any treason charges and above all he was president of pakistan. @Aschraful Makhlooq:

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  • Samina kazmi
    Jan 16, 2014 - 1:06PM

    It’s a case of taking REVENGE from the former Ruler!

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  • Shafaq
    Jan 16, 2014 - 1:06PM

    Send him IMMEDIATELY………………..Must say this is joke of the day.

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  • tahironly
    Jan 16, 2014 - 1:07PM

    GO Musharraf GO… lol

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  • Samina kazmi
    Jan 16, 2014 - 1:10PM

    Allah will do the right justice! Long live PM

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  • Barkaat khan
    Jan 16, 2014 - 1:11PM

    They get their minor treatments from abroad at the cost of public money but recommend others to get it here with third class medicines.They are wild animals by nature.No human value in front of them.

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  • Concerned
    Jan 16, 2014 - 1:22PM

    Court should constitute an independent medical board and get him evaluated there instead of believing on fake reports.

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  • Zaida P
    Jan 16, 2014 - 1:33PM

    The army is above the law. Enough of the drama.

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  • Humayun
    Jan 16, 2014 - 1:46PM

    US Doc to abandon or bail out

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  • Taseer Siddiqui
    Jan 16, 2014 - 1:50PM

    I have a feeling that Justice Maulvi Mushtaq Hussain has got another life. Maulvi Mushtaq was also strict in application of laws without pardon. There was only one problem he was unaware of. There are some bees which can make anyone embarrassed. People run away leaving the dead body when they go after people.

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  • Taseer Siddiqui
    Jan 16, 2014 - 1:53PM

    100% Agreed@Samina kazmi:

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  • Taseer Siddiqui
    Jan 16, 2014 - 1:56PM

    i think what is happening with him is not justice and not following the constitution by true spirit is also a TREASON

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  • Sajid
    Jan 16, 2014 - 2:00PM

    Musharraf is responsible for demoralizing the entire army. He should be punished.

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  • Nida Alvi
    Jan 16, 2014 - 2:06PM

    … yet another Drama to avoid Court appearance.
    Musharraf’s apologists must realize the fact that the former Dictator has become a disgrace not only for Pakistan Army but for the entire Pakistani Nation. He has made Pakistanis a laughing stock in the world!
    The only favor that his Doctors can do is to pronounce him dead to end this quagmire once for all!

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  • Taseer Siddiqui
    Jan 16, 2014 - 2:06PM

    Only Musharaf cannot be held responsible alone because how can one person run the country for 9 years. @Sajid:

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  • Dhaka
    Jan 16, 2014 - 2:11PM

    Why can’t musharaf to be treated in most advanced facilities in hospitals like in dhaka.Even pakistani patients are looking for treatment in our country as such facilities are lacking in there home country ?

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  • Dhaka
    Jan 16, 2014 - 2:17PM

    Medical treatment is very expensive in US, so he can get the same treatment with 1/10th of the cost if he prefer in bangladesh.Wastage to tax payers money !

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  • Dhaka
    Jan 16, 2014 - 2:22PM

    Moreover we are producing more engineers and doctors than in pakistan.So it is a win win situation for both countries as we get income and you get treatment.

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  • raheem
    Jan 16, 2014 - 2:23PM

    The drama with the end……….lol.

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  • Jan 16, 2014 - 2:43PM

    It is time for Musharaf to arrange a private meeting with Nawaz Sharif. In the meeting he should fall on his feet and apologize for all his crimes and beg for mercy. Hopefully, Nawaz will give him reprieve and allow him to exit the country.Recommend

  • Kamran Khan
    Jan 16, 2014 - 3:13PM

    I just wonder why thousands of Pakistanis facing lawsuits and languishing in jails are never told by any doctors, media people, politicians etc. etc. to go abroad for treatment or tend to their parents. Does this mean ordinary Pakistanis facing law neither have any health problem nor any parents? People any answer?

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  • usman786
    Jan 16, 2014 - 3:14PM

    @Abrahim: Mush will call USA, UK, Saudis, Turkey and UAE before even going to NS.

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  • Jan 16, 2014 - 3:32PM

    @M:
    why?

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  • naila
    Jan 16, 2014 - 3:33PM

    If Mussharaf needs to be sent abroad then shut down AFIC and send its doctors abroad for training.

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  • Taseer Siddiqui
    Jan 16, 2014 - 3:51PM

    PROCLAIMATION OF EMERGENCY.It is a constitutional provision. The court has given ruling against it and that is all. It is like PPP government imposed Governor rule in Punjab & court scrapped it. So where is the treason case against PPP government?
    State of Pakistan is not meant forsettling personal vendettas.
    This case will make Musharraf a bigger politician than others.
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  • Jan 16, 2014 - 3:54PM

    It seems God is with Musharraf.Recommend

  • Jan 16, 2014 - 4:09PM

    @Dhaka:
    yes this bushraf should be sent to Dhaka, so that he can see how much ex pakistani like or love this man(Bushraf)Recommend

  • Ajab Khan Baloch
    Jan 16, 2014 - 4:28PM

    Musharaf is an embarrassment to the institution he served in,to the country. Recommend

  • Syme
    Jan 16, 2014 - 4:41PM

    Its shameful that in 10 years Hajji Musharraf couldn’t give the nation a ‘state of the art’ hospital which he himself can trust. Let us close all the cardiac hospital in Pakistan as they are not worth anything. I am sad that even the doctors, who give sermons about integrity and professionalism are giving fabricated account. We observed it in Benazir Bhutto’s case and we are witnessing it again.Recommend

  • Mehdi Mudassir
    Jan 16, 2014 - 5:33PM

    All the aforesaid comments are really interesting. Most go against Musharraf and some in his favor. What we as Pakistanis are forgetting though is the fact that he did a lot of good for the country too. Unfortunately the little bad that he did, brought a lot of harm in the form of NRO. He came back, tried his best, but couldn’t live up to the challenge of appearing in a civilian court. All the best for Musharraf and Pakistan.Recommend

  • Taseer Siddiqui
    Jan 16, 2014 - 5:46PM

    @Ajab Khan Baloch: This is the begining of a case. No lawyer would like to take unless he is a govt employee. On Oct 12 1999 Nawaz issued an illegal order to PIA to not allow the serving COAS to who was returning from an official visit to Srilanka, to land in Pakistan. This is the crime which was committed first and led to reaction from the Army whose Chief was being insulted for no reason.Army does not go on strike like the lawyers.Remember thatRecommend

  • Fateh Mohammed
    Jan 16, 2014 - 6:31PM

    The judges of the special court constituted to try former President of Pakistan ie Gen ( retired ) Musharraf will do a great favor to Pakistan by withdrawing from the case . By this act they will do great favor to themselves and to the institution of judiciary as a whole and not to forget Pakistan and its people as well . Let people of Pakistan decide in their hearts what rights and wrongs have been committed and by whom and drag not the country into muck and mud further . General ‘ s is no more a legal case , it’s a political one though legal purist likes of Babbar Sattar and govt may disagree . Let judiciary not be a party any more in this political dispute and let the case hibernate in the record cellar of the court and allow Musharrf to leave the country so that govt may tackle many of the horrendous problems waiting for solution . Recommend

  • Barkaat khan
    Jan 16, 2014 - 6:33PM

    As for as the competency of AFIC is concerned there is no doubt but that is not end.If we were so competent then why our Military hospital allowed Malala yousaf zai to be taken to UK for treatment and could not save the life of Arfa karim who was treated here in CMH.That is why Nawaz sharif and Shabaz sharif families and beaurocrates,politicians,Judges also get their minor treatment from abroad at the cost of public money but recommend us to be treated here with third class medicines purchased by Govt of Punjab.Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Jan 16, 2014 - 6:41PM

    “Musharraf should be a free man.”
    @M:
    What do think, he is now?Recommend

  • Arshad Khan
    Jan 16, 2014 - 7:12PM

    Feigned sicknesses, false medical certificates, obliging medial doctors and specialists, conniving lawyers, judiciary without reforms are all part of the rotting body of the State of Pakistan. Courts are fully engaged with the misdemeanor cases of the leaders of Pakistan. It has become a tradition in Pakistan for the leaders to do what they like and escape free. Musharaf is not an exception. Nusrat Bhutto, Zardari, and many other from all parties were all provided with false certificates. Truth and religion are aberrations. Truth is absent from the country and lies flourish. For the just, honest and decent people Pakistan is now an inferno.Recommend

  • Humor.as.Armor
    Jan 16, 2014 - 7:13PM

    @Dhaka: what about the fire safety systems in your hospitals ? Any better than Rana Plaza?Recommend

  • Shahid
    Jan 16, 2014 - 7:15PM

    @Sajid:
    I think his best punishment is to make him the Chief of army staff and president of Pakistan again.Recommend

  • Ahmed Ali Khan
    Jan 16, 2014 - 7:31PM

    @vasan:

    Unconstitutional kangaroo court. I am glad President Musharraf did not presented before this court whose prime job is to charged Musharraf and sent to jail and not to give justice.Recommend

  • Jan 16, 2014 - 7:59PM

    Present government and judges are all adamant to score their reveng*

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  • Faisal
    Jan 16, 2014 - 8:16PM

    This special court and its judges are NS puppets. They are least concerned with the interests of Pakistan. PM is a hero. Nobody can find an example like him in the history of Pakistan who strived for country’s progress and facing the situation bravely. He could have lived happily and comfortably throughout his entire life, but he had the bug for the love of this country. Those who are pointing to him should look at themselves in the mirror and recall their past. Everybody is a production of military and have the history of breaking constitution. But nobody has the thinking of Pakistan First. God bless you PM.

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  • Ahmed Ali Khan
    Jan 16, 2014 - 8:43PM

    @Ajab Khan Baloch:

    You are an embarrasment as a Pakistani to condemn good leaders of Pakistan. Look Bush has ruined the economy by going to unnecessary war in Iraq and Afghanistan. I dont hear any condemnation of him from any quarters in USA.

    Now in Pakistan Zardari and Nawaz has ruined the country’ by borrowing from IMF and looting the countrys wealth. Nobody condemn it whereas President Musharraf has done so much for the country when he was in power (without corruption) and even when not in power he argue about Pakistan’s case in international quarters. He is getting treated like that shame on the Pakistanis.

    Some of the Indian troll’s negative comment on Musharraf is understandable (as the Indians were kick butt by Musharraf and its their chance to settle score). Why Pakistanis are following on the Indian footsteps.

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  • Ahmed Ali Khan
    Jan 16, 2014 - 8:48PM

    @Sajid:

    President Musharraf was not the one who is demoralizing the army, it is the politicians who are doing it for their own advantage.Recommend

  • GS@Y
    Jan 16, 2014 - 8:51PM

    This is turning out to be such a farce. Musharraf has been demystified and made ridiculous; the man has lost all credibility and appeal. Given his bloated ego, that’s probably a bigger punishment ultimately than an actual prison sentence.

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  • Ahmed Ali Khan
    Jan 16, 2014 - 8:54PM

    @Concerned:

    The independent board will reflects the wishes of the judges and will give fake reports.
    The special court and its judges are just meant to give punish to Musharraf period by hook or by crook. We do not see justice is being done so no matter what Musharraf should not present himself in the kangaroo court. It will be an insult for Musharraf to be in fake court.Recommend

  • Ahmed Ali Khan
    Jan 16, 2014 - 8:57PM

    @Zaida P:

    Army has its own law as per the constitution called the military law. Any military man facing allegation should go thru the military law. Why a military man is dragging in a civil court when he is entilted to military court.Recommend

  • Ahmed Ali Khan
    Jan 16, 2014 - 9:02PM

    @Dhaka:

    Dont make Pakistanis laugh of your outdated joke dhaka.Recommend

  • Ahmed Ali Khan
    Jan 16, 2014 - 9:05PM

    @Abrahim:

    oh dont remind us of Nawaz Sharif standing in the jail crying and begging to Musharraf. If Musharraf did not pardon him NS will be rotting in jail even now. Recommend

  • Ahmed Ali Khan
    Jan 16, 2014 - 9:08PM

    @usman786:

    President Musharraf does not have to go anywhere. If the army take him over out of the country, can anybody in the country has guts to stop them. NO.Recommend

  • Ajab Khan Baloch
    Jan 16, 2014 - 9:09PM

    If an ordinary citizen pulled these antics, the court would have dragged him in court. All I can say it seems that there is one set of laws for the rich and powerful and another set for ordinary citizen.
    Needless to say Musharaf is a coward..The court should try him for high treason according to lawRecommend

  • hamza khan
    Jan 16, 2014 - 9:15PM

    @Arshad Khan:

    do you have a shred of evidence to support your contrived speech?

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  • ali ahmed
    Jan 16, 2014 - 10:29PM

    treason cases should also be filed against judges,politician and election commission for violating article 62,63,and LB article 140A..then it will show that all are equal in the eye of lawRecommend

  • Syed
    Jan 16, 2014 - 10:31PM

    @Sajid: The funniest and most tragic part is that the humiliation of ex Pakistan Army Chief in the name of “Ghaddari” is being enjoyed equally by the Indian Hindus and Pakistani politicians and judges. Should we, the general public take it that Pakistan Army Chief did Ghaddari with Indian Hindus, Pakistani politicians and judges equally? That means that all those politicians and judges, who are known for looting and plundering, Pakistan and taking away or investing that looted wealth in India, Saudi Arab, UK, France and Taiwan are all loyalist and true patriots. Then why we, the general public should not become patriots similar to our politicians and judges. Recommend

  • Sexton Blake
    Jan 16, 2014 - 11:37PM

    The world is awash with criminals who have developed health problems. If they belong to an inner clique they are excused and let off lightly. If they do not belong to an inner clique they are tried in a court-of-law even if it entails them attending on a hospital bed. and then they are sent to prison for a long time. Why do I have a feeling that the guy who got up to all types of irresponsible behavior, which included overthrowing a legitimate elected government, and virtually disbanding the Justice system, will be allowed to leave Pakistan. , Recommend

  • Philip
    Jan 16, 2014 - 11:59PM

    What makes anyone think we in the US want him here? If the US grants permission for that duplicitous weasel, who personally authorized the protection of bin Laden, to enter this country, I will know then just how far off-track our country has gone.

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  • immortal_soloist
    Jan 17, 2014 - 2:08AM

    First the health,then everything else.

    Unfortunately most of the nation is cruel and they don’t know
    what it is like to be working at the helm of affairs and serving the Army at
    such a position,as that of a COAS.

    It’s a shame how we are treating a true leader and hero today.

    Long live sir Pervez Musharraf.

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  • Muhammad Mustafa Jamal
    Jan 17, 2014 - 5:02AM

    It is now beyaond doubt that Nawaz Sharif and his cronies are bent upot settling personal vendetta.Those challenging medical report are living in fools pardise.
    Musharrafs era was exeplary in the history point of view .Economic indicators havesteep down declined in post Musharraf period.
    Vengian is a wild justice be humane.
    “When an unjust judge judges horrible things happen but when the justice judges the unjust judge more horrible thigs happen.”

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  • Rex Minor
    Jan 17, 2014 - 7:23AM

    @Taseer Siddiqui:

    Nawaz Sharif is not on trial! You could file a case against him for giving an illegal order.

    Rex Minor

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  • Rex Minor
    Jan 17, 2014 - 7:38AM

    @Ajab Khan Baloch:

    You must name first of all the man from the army who has the guts to dare take the man facing treason charge, out of the country?

    Rex Minor

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  • Jan 17, 2014 - 9:39AM

    that time will tell who is bigger politician. I am not student of law but i know one thing that goverment officer can not hold/run govet machinery untill and unless not elected from mass. if imposing emergency is legal in constition somewhere, in any mean, that elected govt may do not the dictator. there is no room for any dictator in constitution, i believe. 2nd thing that is dam clear that once Mush gone, will never come back as he proclaimed clearly in last few interviews that he never thought that treason case may be prosecuted-which means he admits that he has done blunder to come back.,@Taseer Siddiqui:

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  • Ahmed Ali Khan
    Jan 17, 2014 - 10:27AM

    Thank you ET you have not used the word dictator for Gen r Musharraf in the above story.Recommend

  • truthbetold
    Jan 17, 2014 - 10:29AM

    More drama. It is all an eyewash. The decision has already been made to let Musharraf escape and leave the country. The Establishment is enacting all this drama to fool the public. The new make-believe medical board will now certify that Mush’s health problems are so bad that he can be treated only in the US or Europe.

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  • Facts
    Jan 17, 2014 - 9:59PM

    @Tanveer:
    Zardari is facing corruption charges. He has taken the capital out of Pakistan. On contrary Musharaf brought capital into Pak and inproved the life style and purchasing power, Remembet the headlines of british Media that why Gordon Brown Should count his fingurs after shaking hand with Zardari,
    and if you go 15 years back in history then recall that Mr Zardari submitted mental illness certificate to avoid court appearance. After that he flew out of country.. and returned back on death of his wife.
    He may be your dear leader.. not ours.Recommend

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