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Pervez Musharraf arrives in Karachi on `short visit`

PTI | Last Updated: Sunday, April 20, 2014 - 01:11

Islamabad/Karachi: Pakistan`s embattled former military dictator Gen Pervez Musharraf on Saturday arrived in Karachi for a "short visit" during which he will be staying with his daughter besides undergoing certain medical checks at a Naval hospital.

The special aircraft carrying 70-year-old Musharraf reached Karachi amidst heavy security arrangements.

Commandos from the Pakistan Army`s Special Services Unit, bomb disposal squads, the paramilitary rangers, police and the former President`s personal guards panned out in and outside the Quaid-e-Azam International airport as Musharraf`s chartered plane touched down.

Roads leading to the airport were also blocked while all incoming and outgoing vehicles were checked by army commandos even as petrol pumps in the area were also shut down.

A source close to Musharraf told PTI that he is in Karachi for a "short visit" after which he will return to Islamabad.

During his stay in Karachi, Musharraf is expected to meet family, friends and his party All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) office-bearers.

It was earlier reported that Musharraf is likely to be shifted to Karachi`s PNS Shifa hospital for treatment.

Officials close to him had denied such a move. However, they said he will visit the hospital for a check-up.

Musharraf will be staying with his daughter.

He had left his heavily guarded farmhouse on the outskirts of Islamabad amid heavy security arrangement. Recently, a bomb-proof wall was erected around its perimeter.

His farmhouse has been declared as a "satellite facility" of the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology (AFIC) where he was admitted for three months.

A fire engine, ambulance and mobile jamming vehicles were part of the convoy that took Musharraf to the airport.

The former president was admitted to the AFIC on January 2 when he complained of heart problems on his way to a special court set up for his high treason trial for abrogating the constitution and detaining judges in 2007.

Musharraf last year returned to Pakistan from exile before the May general elections but since then he has been based in either Rawalpindi or Islamabad.

His name is currently on Interior Ministry`s Exit Control List and he cannot leave Pakistan but is allowed to travel within the country.

First Published: Sunday, April 20, 2014 - 01:11
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