Islamabad: A special court trying Pervez Musharraf for treason today summoned the beleaguered former dictator to appear on February 18 and warned a non-bailable arrest warrant would be issued if he failed to do so.
The court issued the directive after Musharraf again skipped a hearing of the case.
The judges had earlier directed him to appear in person today and issued a bailable arrest warrant for the 70-year-old former army chief.
The court accepted Musharraf's petition seeking exemption from appearing today. Musharraf's counsel Anwar Mansoor assured the court his client would appear on February 18.
“Pervez Musharraf will appear before the court after being discharged from hospital,” he said.
Justice Faisal Arab, the head of the special court, warned that a non-bailable warrant would be issued if Musharraf failed to appear at the next hearing.
Musharraf has not attended any of the hearings of the special court formed by the government last year to try him on charges of high treason for imposing emergency in November 2007.