Musharraf ‘Growing Weaker Rapidly’ from Unspecified Illness: Report

SRINAGAR — Former Pakistani strongman retired Gen Pervez Musharraf is “growing weaker rapidly” due to an unspecified illness for which he receives treatment in London, his close aide disclosed today.

“Gen Pervez Musharraf is “growing weaker rapidly” due to an unspecified illness and so cannot return to Pakistan to face the treason case against him just yet”, All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) leader Dr Muhammad Amjad said, according to Dawn.

“We cannot tell the nation about the ailment right now but we will tell the court about it and also present the ailment’s documentation to the chief justice. Musharraf is growing weaker rapidly so we cannot put his life at risk.”

On March 31, 2014, the former President was indicted for suspending the Constitution on Nov 3, 2007. He, however, left the country in March 2016, for Dubai to “seek medical treatment” and hasn’t returned since.

Musharraf has since been declared a proclaimed offender, with a special court now considering ways to extradite him.

Dr Amjad, a former chairman of the political party Musharraf had formed, linked the former president’s absence with a new ailment, which he said requires him to go to London for treatment every quarter.

“Pervez Musharraf had a fracture in his spine, for which he got treated in the USA,” Dr Amjad told the media in a presser following a meeting of the APML central executive committee (CEC). “But nowadays he is being treated for a separate ailment. For this, he has to go to London after every three months, Dawn quoted him as saying.

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