Islamabad – The 75-years-old Pakistan’s ex-President General Pervez Musharraf cannot return to Pakistan to face the treason charges due to unknown illness making him ‘weaker rapidly’.
According to Muhammad Amjad, a former chairman of the All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) said, the former president has to visit London for treatment in every three months due to the new unspecified ailment.
Musharraf has been hiding in Dubai since 2016 for a high-profile treason case in Pakistan for suspending the Constitution in 2007.
“Pervez Musharraf had a fracture in his spine, for which he got treated in the USA. But nowadays he is being treated for a separate ailment. For this, he has to go to London after every three months,” Amjad told DawnNews after a party meeting on Sunday.
“Musharraf is growing weaker rapidly so we cannot put his life at risk,” he added.
Musharraf wants to return to Pakistan but on an assurance that he would be given a free trial and also allowed to leave the country when needed, Amjad told reporters.
Amjad reiterated that Musharraf wants to appear before the court and is in consultation with his legal team to decide when and how to return, the report said.
Last month, Supreme Court of Pakistan assured Musharraf that high-level security will be granted to him if he returns to the country to face the trial in the treason case.
Musharraf is charged for treason in March-2014 for suspending the Constitution and imposing emergency which led to the confinement of a number of superior court judges in their houses and sacking of over 100 judges.
Musharraf is a wanted fugitive in the Benazir Bhutto murder case and Red Mosque cleric killing case.
A conviction for high-profile treason carries the death penalty or life imprisonment.