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Court orders new medical board for Musharraf

ISLAMABAD: The special court hearing charges against former president Pervez Musharraf under Article 6 of the constitution ordered today for constitution of new board of doctors to decide about his health and submit its report to the court on January 24, ARY News reported on Thursday. 

Three judges bench headed by Justice Faisal Arab announced its decision about absence of the former military ruler today. 

The court observed that the bench had two options with regard to the decision over absence of the former president, either to issue his arrest warrants, or form a new medical board to ascertain his health condition. The bench opted for the second option and ordered the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology (AFIC), to constitute a new board of senior doctors to decide about the state of health of Pervez Musharraf. 

The court also ordered for submission of the report by the new board on January 24th. 

Earlier, Chief Prosecutor of the case Akram Shaikh in his arguments said that the former president deliberately violating the court order. He said the medical report of Musharraf didn't say that he could not appear before the court due to his medical condition. He said non-compliance of the court orders is contempt of the court. He pleaded to the court to take action against the former president over violation of its orders. 

"A person who fails to appear on court orders loses his right to defend," the prosecutor said. "Egypt's former president Hosni Mubarak was produced before the court on stretcher". 

Defence Counsel Anwar Mansoor in his arguments said Akram Shaikh is "prosecutor", he should not play the role of "persecutor". 

The defence counsel said that the doctors have advised Pervez Musharraf to visit the same hospital where he went earlier for his medical checkup and suggested him to go France for treatment of his ailment. 

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