Musharraf’s return hurdled by unspecified illness: Dr Amjad


All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) senior leader Dr Muhammad Amjad on Sunday stated that former president Gen (r) Pervez Musharraf cannot immediately return to Pakistan to face the treason case against him since he “growing weaker rapidly” due to an unspecified illness, a private media outlet reported.

Dr Amjad, the party’s former chairman, maintained that the former president is required to go to London for treatment every quarter owing to the new ailment.

“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,” he said.

Dr Amjad, who resigned as the APML chair last month, said that Musharraf would return to Pakistan but on the guarantees that he would be given a free trial and also allowed to leave the country for treatment.

He said that the party tried to bring Musharraf back to the country before the July 25 general elections but “hurdles were created in his way”.

He reiterated that Musharraf desires to appear before the court for which he is in consultation with his legal team to decide when and how to return.

On March 31, 2014, the former dictator 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.