LAHROE - When former president-COAS Gen Pervez Musharraf was singled out for treason trial on the basis of Nov 3, 2007 emergency, his lawyers’ main focus was that all those who had been consulted before the proclamation should also be implicated.

They substantiated their argument with such clauses of Article 6 of the Constitution as were not being cited by the prosecution.

However, after the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology released its report on the medical problems of the former president, the defence lawyers are now arguing why their client should be allowed to go abroad for treatment.

Senior lawyer Ahmad Raza Kasuri said in a TV programme on Wednesday that on Thursday (today) he would be submitting before the special court record of bureaucrats who were treated abroad for much minor ailments compared to Musharraf’s.

Some media reports say that arrangements are being made in a London hospital for the treatment of the former president.

The visit of the Saudi foreign minister during which he held meetings with the president and the prime minister of Pakistan strengthened the impression that Gen Musharraf could ultimately leave the country, reports about his reluctance notwithstanding.