Musharraf, 70, skipped another hearing in the special court despite being warned to appear on Thursday. Musharraf’s lawyer Anwar Mansoor said his client could not appear because of ill-health.
"We have attached a letter with the documents from the doctors of a heart clinic in Texas and they have recommended that he should be shifted to that clinic for further treatment," Mansoor told the court formed to try Musharraf on charges of high treason for imposing emergency in 2007.

Mansoor presented a letter from Arjumand Hashmi, US-based doctor of the former President, which recommended that Musharraf be immediately sent abroad for treatment.
Hashmi, who has treated Musharraf in the past, reportedly expressed concern over his heart condition and said he should be sent to Paris Regional Medical Centre in Texas for treatment. The doctor made the recommendation on the basis of medical reports.
The court reserved its decision on the issue of Musharraf's personal appearance and put off the case till Friday.
The former army chief is yet to appear in person before the three-judge court, having missed all the hearings because of security concerns and a health scare.
Musharraf was admitted to the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology (AFIC) in Rawalpindi after he developed heart problems while being driven to the court on January 2. Doctors treating him at the facility have diagnosed him with coronary artery disease.
However, Mohammad Ali Saif, a key member of Musharraf's legal team, claimed lawyers had not made any request to send him abroad.

Musharraf refuses to leave Pakistan on medical grounds: Aide

Meanwhile, Musharraf has refused to leave the country on ‘medical grounds’ until he is given ‘clean chit’ in high treason and other cases, according to a close aide.

Contrary to the impression that "Musharraf's illness drama" has been staged to prepare a ground to send him abroad under a deal, his friends suggest that all efforts to "persuade" him to leave the country have failed to bear fruit as Nawaz Sharif-led government wants to get ‘rid’ of 70-year-old Musharraf as early as possible.

"Musharraf is more keen to get his name cleared in high treason and other cases rather than leaving the country on medical grounds," said former deputy prime minister Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi who is considered close to the former president.

Elahi and his party - PML-Q - remained a partner with Musharraf during 2002-07. It has recently put its weight behind Musharraf and launched an offensive against the PML-N government for 'only' trying him under treason charges for imposing emergency in the country.

"Gen Musharraf sees treason and other cases politically motivated and based on personal vendetta. He wants to face them and get his name honourably cleared," he said.

There have been unconfirmed reports that Musharraf may leave Pakistan this month on 'medical grounds' after a deal with the PML-N brokered by international players – Saudi Arabia and the United States.

But Elahi says Musharraf has no such plan. "Musharraf is simply not interested in leaving the country on medical grounds," he made it clear.

Musharraf's aide has cautioned the PML-N about the consequences of trying the former army chief.

"There will be uncontrollable fallout if the Musharraf's trial continues. The PML-Q leadership has also moved a bill in the Senate seeking to replace the word 'high treason' in Article 6 of the Constitution with 'offence against state'.

"We have contacted the opposition in the Senate for the support of our bill. We wonder as how the word 'traitor' can be used for the head of the Pakistan Army. This word should be replaced forthwith as it has demoralising effect on our army officers and jawans who are deployed at the Siachen and Indian border," Elahi said.


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