RAWALPINDI - Small fire broke out on Wednesday morning at VVIP Ward of Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology (AFIC) where former President General (Retd) Pervez Musharraf is being treated.

The reason of the fire was told to be short-circuit. The military-run hospital staff immediately extinguished the fire. No injury was reported.

Former Chief of Army Staff (COAS) and President Pervez Musharraf has been under treatment in the ward after he felt pain in chest while moving towards a special court to face treason trial against him. According to sources, a little fire erupted at the VVIP Ward of 4th Floor of AFIC, where General (Retd) Musharraf was also being given medical treatment.

“The Army personnel and other staff immediately controlled the fire,” the sources said. On the other hand, the news of fire in the hospital sent shocking waves in the city as Rescue 1122 rushed to AFIC to extinguish fire but security personnel did not allow the rescuers to enter the hospital building.

SSP (Operations) Mian Maqbool, however, when contacted for his comments, said that fire erupted owing to short-circuit. He added that a small switch was broken which later sparked the electricity and little fire exploded from the switchboard. “It was not a serious fire incident rather a normal incident on which the hospital administration overwhelmed within five minutes,” Maqbool said. Meanwhile, the law enforcement agencies including Rangers enhanced security inside and around AFIC to avert any untoward incident. Strict checking of vehicle by the security forces deputed outside AFIC triggered massive traffic block on Peshawar Road. The patients and their attendants also faced a lot of troubles while entering the hospital to get medical treatment.