ISLAMABAD: Former military ruler Pervez Musharraf has been shifted to ICU after a spike in his blood pressure.
Musharraf’s counsel Rana Aijaz revealed this on Sunday. Meanwhile, Ahmad Raza Kasuri, another of his counsels, said on Sunday that the chances of his client appearing in the special court on Monday (today) are 50/50. Talking to a TV channel, Ahmad Raza Kasuri said that a situation of confrontation might arise if not handled wisely. He said any sort of confrontation could be harmful to democracy. Kasuri fears “confrontation” if Prime Minsiter Nawaz Sharif does not handle the situation “carefully and wisely”. Meanwhile, the security plan on the occasion of Musharraf’s expected appearance in the court in high treason case has been finalised. His route has been given the status of VVIP route.
A five-member police team would be heading towards the AFIC to arrest Musharraf on the orders of the special court, over his non-bailable arrest warrants. The police team would be at the doors of the AFIC room of the former military strongman at 1000hrs today (Monday), led by the SP City, in case Musharraf tries to avoid the orders of the special court to be present in the court.
According to police sources, 2,650 police and Rangers personnel will be deployed in the twin cities. Over 650 personnel will be posted in Rawalpindi, while 2,000 policemen will be deployed at different points of the route. Four different routes have been designated to take Musharraf to the court, while the final route will be decided in the morning. Meanwhile, the Red Zone will be sealed on the arrival of the former dictator in the court, and all connecting roads will be blocked during his movement.
According to sources, due to the security threats to Musharraf’s life the security guards deployed for his personal security have been replaced and screened by the department concerned. The law enforcement agencies (LEAs) will also be assisting the police and Rangers by checking the surroundings of the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology (AFIC), where Musharraf is admitted, and other importance routes with sniffer dogs and scanners.
The security plan for Musharraf’s expected appearance in the court was finalised in a meeting in Islamabad. Owing to the life threats to the former military ruler, containers have also been put in place around the court premises to make it bombproof. A senior police officer, while talking to this reporter on the condition of anonymity, said that the law enforcement agencies have made comprehensive security arrangements for Musharraf’s appearance before the court, which is costing the national kitty hundreds of thousands of rupees per day.
The official said the plan included box security, combing and scanning of the entire route before Musharraf’s departure from the AFIC for the special court, and this approximately costs some three hundred thousands rupees. The official also indicated that if required, help can also be sought from the army’s 111 Brigade. Meanwhile, a senior police official who supervises the routes said that the security personals guarding the different routes have expressed anxiety about their own security after the Special Branch issued a report warning that suicide bombers can attack Musharraf by blocking the route he is scheduled to take.
“Due to the fear of a possible attack a large number of police personnel have categorically refused to perform duty on different routes between Islamabad and Rawalpindi,” the police official said, adding “A large number of police officials are concerned for their safety as a result of the everyday reports warning of terror attacks on Musharraf’s convoy.”
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