Former Pak president Musharraf briefly hospitalised in Karachi

  • Imtiaz Ahmad, Hindustan Times, Islamabad
  • Updated: Feb 11, 2016 21:25 IST
Pervez Musharraf at PNS Shifa, a naval hospital in Pakistan. (Photo: Twitter)

Former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf was briefly hospitalised in Karachi on Thursday after he fainted at home.

Musharraf, 72, was taken to PNS Shifa, a naval hospital, with high blood pressure. He had complained of “discomfort” in the chest, said Aasia Ishaque, a spokesperson for his All Pakistan Muslim League party.

He was discharged from hospital and was resting at home, Ishaque tweeted. Doctors had advised him to seek “heart treatment abroad”, she added.

A doctor who treated Musharraf was quoted by Waqt News as saying: “He is going to be fine.” Footage aired by Jaag TV showed Musharraf, clad in a shirt and trousers, lying on a hospital bed with an oxygen mask attached to his face.

Musharraf was taken to hospital amid tight security and the area around PNS Shifa was cordoned off. A special team of doctors was formed to treat the former military ruler, who stepped down in 2008.

The former army chief has lived in Karachi since he was discharged from a military hospital in Rawalpindi in 2014 following a bout of illness.

Musharraf has had health problems in the past. In 2014, he was taken to hospital for a heart condition the day he was due to appear in court. His lawyers have often cited his heart condition and other ailments to ask judges to exempt him from personal appearances in court.

Since he returned to Pakistan in 2013, Musharraf has faced a raft of civil and criminal cases, including one related to the 2007 assassination of former premier Benazir Bhutto. He was also barred by courts from contesting elections.

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