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Treason Case: Court reserves verdict

ISLAMABAD: A special court headed by Justice Faisal Arab on Thursday reserved its verdict over absence of former president Pervez Musharraf in the court, ARY News reports. 

The court will announce its decision over the matter on 4:00 pm today, while hearing of the case has been adjourned till coming Monday. 

Former president Pervez Musharraf was taken to Armed Forces Institute of Cordiology (AFIC) after he felt cardiac problem while on his way to special court for treason hearing, Musharraf's counsel Ahmed Raza Kasuri informed mediamen after the case hearing. 

The court had ordered production of former military ruler Pervez Musharraf at any cost and warned action against him as per the law in case he failed to appear before the court in hearing of the treason case against him. 

As the hearing began defence counsel Anwar Mansoor complained to the court about threats to him and security concerns for the former president. 

Justice Faisal Arab said that the court will issue orders to provide security to defence lawyers. He urged for production of Musharraf today, after which relief will be provided by the court. 

Earlier, heated arguments were exchanged between the defence lawyers and government prosecutors.

Another counsel of Musharraf Ibrahim Satti informed the court that chief prosecutor Akram Shaikh in a secret meeting with him warned that Shareefuddin Pirzada always defends dictators, we will not leave him.

Akram Shaikh, however, clarifying his position said that he didn't threaten Ibrahim Satti but requested to avoid personal attacks in the case.

The counsels of Pervez Musharraf boycotted the hearing for some time but returned to the courtroom later. 

Stringent security measures were taken for the hearing with deployment of 1500 security men.

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