RAWALPINDI - The former President General (r) Pervez Musharraf was brought to the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology (AFIC) by the law enforcement agencies on Thursday after he complained chest pain on way to Special Court for the proceeding of treason case filed against him by the government.
Hospital sources quoted doctors as saying that the condition of former military dictator was stable. A 7-member board of senior army cardiologists headed by Surgeon General Imran Majid examined Musharraf and later admitted him in a VVIP Cardiology Ward on the third floor of AFIC. This ward is reserved for high profile persons like president, prime minister and Chief of the Army Staff, sources said.
With his arrival in AFIC, a wave of panic spread out to the whole city with cordoning off the military hospital's large part by Pakistan Rangers and Elite Force. This triggered a massive grid lock in the Cantonment and garrison areas. Some 70 Pakistan Army troops, equipped with latest weapons, were deployed inside the hospital building and even on the rooftops to cope with any security threat. No irrelevant person or even the attendants of admitted patients were allowed to enter the hospital.
According to sources, the convoy of former military dictator guarded by heavy contingent of police and Rangers left his Chakk Shehzad Farm House to appear in the special court, where he is facing a trial for subverting and suspending the constitution of Pakistan and imposing emergency on November 3, 2007.
Sources added that the LEAs received a message on wireless, near Islamabad Club, to turn the convoy towards AFIC Rawalpindi instead of the special court as the former military ruler was feeling pain in the chest. The court and the other authorities concerned were unaware about this eleventh-hour development. Musharraf’s convey reached at the AFIC at 11:45am.
Meanwhile, more than three dozen workers of Musharraf’s All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) reached outside the AFIC with bouquets and portraits of their leader and they chanted slogans in his favour and against the government.
Musharraf's lawyer, Barrister Saif, told reporters that former president suffered heart attack. Talking to media person in Islamabad, he said that angiography of former president, has been conducted and doctors were conducting more tests.