Former Pakistan President and Chief of Army Staff Pervez Musharraf died today at the American Hospital in Dubai, UAE, following a protracted battle with acute illness. He had spent years in self-imposed exile. He was 79. There has been no official word on whether his remains would be returned to Pakistan, despite the fact that his family has been attempting to do so since last year.
Last year, Mr. Musharraf’s family tweeted from his official account that “recovery is not feasible.”The statement came amid allegations that the former Pakistan President was kept on a ventilator.
His family, however, refuted this, claiming that his organs were failing due to a condition known as amyloidosis. This condition damages connective tissues and organs, preventing them from working normally. Amyloidosis is a rare disease characterised by the accumulation of an aberrant protein known as amyloid in organs and tissues throughout the body.
Musharraf has been staying in Dubai for the previous eight years while facing accusations in Pakistan for the killing of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in 2007.
Mr. Musharraf had previously stated that he intended to spend the “rest of his life” in Pakistan and wanted to return as soon as feasible.
After a bloodless military revolution in 1999, the former president became Pakistan’s 10th president. From 1998 to 2001, he was the 10th Chairman of Pakistan’s Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC), and from 1998 to 2007, he was the 7th top general.
Mr. Musharraf was four years old when his parents joined the huge exodus of Muslims to the newly formed Pakistan in 1943. His father was a foreign minister, his mother was a teacher, and the family practised a moderate, tolerant kind of Islam.
He entered the army at the age of 18 and rose through the ranks to become the commander of an elite commando unit. He came to power by deposing the then-prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, who had sought to fire him for authorising an invasion of Kashmir, bringing Pakistan and India to the verge of war.