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Court orders Musharraf to appear on Jan 16

ISLAMABAD: Special Court hearing treason charges against former president Pervez Musharraf has ordered him to appear before the court, ARY News reported on Thursday. 

The court didn't exempt Musharraf over his medical report and ordered him to appear before the court on January 16. 

The court headed by Justice Faisal Arab in its order said that the lawyers didn't sought exemption from appearance for the former president from the court.  

The bench earlier reserved its decision on the medical report of Pervez Musharraf after the lawyers of two sides completed their arguments over the report. 

The medical report of Musharraf was submitted in the court on Tuesday. 

Veteran lawyer Sharifuddin Pirzada, representing Musharraf, in his arguments over the medical report said that forcing an ailing person to give statement in court is equal to torture. 

Chief Prosecutor Akram Shaikh said that the medical report doesn't say that Musharraf could not appear in the court. 

Pervez Musharraf facing treason charges against him for proclamation of emergency in Year 2007. 

The motorcade of former military ruler of Pakistan was diverted to the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology on January 2, while on his way to the  court for treason trial, after the former president complained chest pain.

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Court orders Musharraf to appear on Jan 16

by Shakoor Nizamani