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Pervez Musharraf in ICU after high blood pressure

Pakistan's former President Pervez Musharraf speaks during a new

Pakistan’s former military ruler Pervez Musharraf was today 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 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,” Ishaq said.

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.

He came to power in a bloodless coup in 1999, deposing then-prime minister Nawaz Sharif. Facing impeachment following elections in 2008, Musharraf resigned as president and went into self-imposed exile in Dubai.

The ex-army chief is facing a slew of court cases after returning from five years of self-exile in Dubai to contest the general elections in 2013 which he lost.

He is also facing trial in high treason case for abrogating the constitution in 2007 and illegal detention of judges same year. 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.

Musharraf has also been charged in connection with the 2007 assassination of prime minister Benazir Bhutto and the killing of a radical cleric in Islamabad in a military crackdown.

A Pakistani court has banned his foreign travels and he was also forced to limit his political activities.

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