Musharraf’s convoy escapes blast in Islamabad

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ISLAMABAD: A powerful explosion on Thursday hit Faizabad bridge just after the convoy of the former president Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf passed by it. Musharraf was being shifted late night from the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology (AFIC) to his farmhouse when the blast occurred just after the convoy crossed the bridge. According to sources, almost four to six kilograms of explosive material was planted in a pipeline of a nearby footpath. The intensity of the blast caused a foot deep hole in the ground at the site of the incident. The police claimed that the attack was aimed to target the former president. However, no casualties were reported in the incident.

Afterwards, Musharraf was transferred safely to his farmhouse in Chak Shahzad area.

The former military dictator was admitted to the AFIC on Jan 3 when he was on his way to a special court set up for his high treason trial for abrogating the constitution and detaining judges in 2007.

However, the general’s convoy took a detour to the hospital in Rawalpindi when he suddenly started suffering from chest pain.

Earlier, the officials in the capital police, interior ministry and the Capital Development Authority (CDA) said Musharraf’s personnel security in-charge visited the farmhouse and security around his farmhouse in Islamabad is also being enhanced over his expected arrival there.