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'Conscious' Musharraf taken to military hospital

A spokesperson for the former Pakistan president General Pervez Musharraf has confirmed he has been taken to hospital while en route to a court hearing over his treason trial:

We can confirm that former President Musharraf is admitted in a military hospital in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.

He is conscious, oriented in time and space and is being examined by Pakistani military doctors.


Musharraf 'taken to hospital with a heart problem'

The AFP news agency is reporting the former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf has been taken to hospital with a "heart problem."

The 70-year-old was due to stand trial for treason, but the hearing on Wednesday was delayed again after his lawyers claimed that explosive devices were found along his expected route to court.


Musharraf Office slams 'politically-motivated' charges

The indictment made against former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf is an "undignified attempt to smear his integrity" on a world stage, his Office issued in a statement today.

Dr. Raza Bokhari, International spokesperson and North American Point of Contact to General Musharraf said:

The politically motivated indictment filed against Former President not only false...but is also an undignified attempt to smear the honor and integrity of the Former President on the world stage.

No court of law that wishes to adhere to minimum internationally accepted norms of prosecution and due process would hand out an indictment solely based on allegations included in an email written by a paid lobbyist of Former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto based in the United States.

Musharraf spokesman claims charges are 'ridiculous'

The spokesman for former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf has defended him today after he was formally indicted on charges today over the murder of former premier Benazir Bhutto in 2007.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Major General Rashid Qureshi said: "[There is] no proof whatsoever in the charges… they are ridiculous".

Major General Rashid Qureshi defends former Pakistani president Musharraf. Credit: Reuters

Musharraf charges are 'baseless', says lawyer

Former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf should be tried, public prosecutor Mohammad Azhar said, after he was formally indicted of the murder of former premier Benazir Bhutto who was assassinated in 2007.

Pakistan's former president Pervez Musharraf. Credit: Reuters/Luke MacGregor

The three charges of murder, conspiracy to murder and facilitation of murder were read out to Musharraf at a brief hearing in the city of Rawalpindi.

"These charges are baseless. We are not afraid of the proceedings. We will follow legal procedures in the court," his lawyer Syeda Afshan Adil refuted.


Musharraf made no public remarks during court hearing

A court has formally indicted former Pakistani president and army chief Pervez Musharraf. Credit: ALESSIA PIERDOMENICO/PA Archive

Pervez Musharraf made no public remarks during his appearance and denied all the charges against him, a member of his legal team said.

Hundreds of police were deployed along the main road leading to the court as Musharraf's car arrived.

Musharraf indicted over Bhutto murder case

A court has formally indicted former Pakistani president and army chief Pervez Musharraf over the assassination of former premier Benazir Bhutto, the public prosecutor said.

Prosecutor Chaudry Muhammed Azhar said the charges include murder, conspiracy to commit murder and facilitation for murder.

Prosecutors claim Musharraf, who was president at the time, failed to properly protect her when she was killed during a rally in the city of Rawalpindi in 2007.

Afsha Adil, a member of Musharraf's legal team, said Musharraf pleaded not guilty.

Main prosecutor in Bhutto murder case shot dead

The lead prosecutor in the case involving Pakistan's former military ruler Pervez Musharraf has been shot dead, according to police, the Associated Press has reported.

Police officer Mohammed Ishaq says Chaudhry Zulfikar was gunned down this morning in the capital Islamabad as he was driving to court.

Mr Ishaq said Zulfikar was investigating the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in a gun and suicide attack in 2007.

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