Quoting sources close to the 70-year-old Musharraf, a report on the website of Dawn daily said he will appear before the court at the next hearing on Friday.

The sources said a joint police team comprising personnel from Islamabad and Rawalpindi has been informed of Musharraf's decision.

Musharraf has skipped all hearings of the special court formed by the government in December last year to try him on charges of high treason for imposing emergency in 2007.

He was admitted to a military hospital in Rawalpindi after developing heart problems while being driven to a hearing on January 2.

On January 31, the special court issued a bailable arrest warrant for Musharraf and ordered his production on February 7. Islamabad Police served the warrant at the military hospital on Monday night.

Musharraf is unlikely to be held in custody because the court has said he can get bail against a surety of Rs 25 lakh.

Police were able to serve the warrant only after waiting for two-and-half hours at the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology last night, media reports said.

Musharraf’s lawyers provided police with details about the surety bonds of Rs 25 lakh.

"The former president personally wrote a note saying he does not believe that the special court has the right to try him. He handed the note to the police," The Express Tribune reported.

Another report in the daily said over Rs 100 million has been spent on Musharraf's security in the past nine months.  

More than 400 police and paramilitary personnel are guarding the former army chief.

The report quoted police sources as saying that the extraordinary security given to a single person had taken a heavy toll on the performance of Islamabad Police, which is facing an acute manpower shortage.

According to the sources, around Rs 10 million is spent every month to secure Musharraf, who was earlier under house arrest and facing various charges.

For every hearing in cases against Musharraf, irrespective of whether he appears in court, security agencies have to make arrangements costing Rs 1 lakh, the report said.


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