ISLAMABAD – Former president Pervez Musharraf has left his farmhouse in Chak Shahzad for Karachi, a private TV channel reported on Saturday.
Ahmed Raza Kasuri, counsel for Musharraf, said the former president had informed him of his visit to Karachi and was expected to stay with his daughter. Musharraf would be treated at PNS Shifa Hospital during his stay in Karachi, the counsel said.
Quoting government sources, the channel reported that Musharraf was travelling to Karachi to visit his family and would return to Islamabad. Members of All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) said that Musharraf would remain in Karachi for two days.
Karachi Police Chief Shahid Hayyat said he was unaware of Musharraf arriving in the city. About 3,000 policemen along with armoured and bombproof vehicles were placed on standby. The former president is expected to land at the PAF Faisal Base and not the Jinnah International Airport.
Musharraf had been shifted to his farmhouse in Chak Shahzad from the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology (AFIC) after being indicted in the treason case on March 31. On twitter, Aseefa Bhutto Zardari, daughter of former president Asif Ali Zardari, wrote that it will be appropriate to send the former ruler to jail instead of anywhere else.