ISLAMABAD: Former military ruler Pervez Musharraf wants to travel abroad for heart surgery requiring special equipment not available at home, legal sources said Friday quoting from a new medical report.
The 70-year-old former army chief has been in a military hospital since falling ill while travelling to the special court trying him for high treason, on January 2. An earlier diagnosis from the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology, where Musharraf is being treated, said he was suffering coronary artery disease and his lawyers have suggested he should be treated abroad. The full report was not released but a legal source who has read it shared some of its contents with reporters.
The source said that in the report, Musharraf said he needed “special equipment for his heart surgery which is only available abroad”. The earlier report recommended angiography to fully establish the severity of Musharraf’s condition and whether bypass surgery was needed. “Angiography is a diagnostic process but it may result into main coronary surgery,” the source said about the content of the new report. “General Musharraf wants that the surgery should be done by a hospital which has all the equipments.” There have been rumours Musharraf’s ill-health would be used as a face-saving way to get him out of the country.
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