Musharraf in ICU after high BP

Pakistan’s former military ruler Pervez Musharraf was on Thursday rushed to the ICU of a naval hospital here after he developed high blood pressure and fainted.

The 72-year-old ex-commando-turned-politician was admitted to the Pakistan Navy Ship Shifa or PNS Shifa, a multi-speciality naval medical treatment facility.

Sources said Gen. Musharraf was sitting with family at his home in Karachi — where he lives with his daughter to seek medical treatment for a spinal condition — when he fainted. He was rushed to the hospital amid tight security and his situation is being monitored. His personal physicians have also been called to the hospital.

However, Aasia Ishaq of his All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) party said there was “nothing serious” about Musharraf’s condition.

“There is nothing serious with him as it was only high blood pressure. He is getting treatment in hospital.” Last month, Musharraf was acquitted by an anti-terrorism court in the 2006 murder case of Baloch nationalist leader Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti, the first major relief to the ex-military ruler entangled in several high-profile cases.

In January, 2014, Musharraf suffered a “severe heart attack” on his way to a special court to face the high treason charges following which he was admitted to an army hospital.

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