70-year-old Musharraf  is facing the charge of high treason for imposing Emergency and subverting the Constitution in 2007.

About 1,200 policemen, personnel of anti-terrorist squad and commandos were on duty and over 400 personnel deployed at the court premises, Dawn online reported citing a police official.

A three-member panel, headed by Justice Faisal Arab, is hearing the case against the former army chief. The court reserved its ruling on whether to conduct Musharraf's trial in a military court. The security was also tightened along the former president's route from the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology in Rawalpindi to the court here.

Musharraf has been in hospital since January 2 after he complained of a heart problem. On February 7, the court ordered Musharraf to appear before it on February 18 after he failed to attend the proceedings earlier.

(Agencies)

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