Pervez Musharraf passes away in Dubai at the age of 79

Himalaya Times
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Pakistan’s former president Pervez Musharraf passed away on Sunday after a prolonged illness.

Musharraf, 79, had been undergoing treatment for an ailment at the hospital in Dubai, Pakistan media reports said.

In a statement over Twitter in June last year, Musharraf’s family had said, “Going through a difficult stage where recovery is not possible and organs are malfunctioning. Pray for ease in his daily living.”

The former military ruler had been suffering from the rare disease amyloidosis, caused by a build-up of an abnormal protein called amyloid in organs and tissues, according to reports.

Musharraf became the tenth president of Pakistan after a military takeover of the government in 1999. He was chief executive of Pakistan from October 1999 to November 2002 and president from June 2001 to August 2008.

He has been declared a fugitive in the former prime minister Benazir Bhutto murder case and Red Mosque cleric killing case.

The former president was facing the treason case for suspending the Constitution in 2007.

The former military ruler had left for Dubai in March 2016 for medical treatment and had not returned since.

However, local media reported last year that he had expressed a desire to return to Pakistan and spend the “rest of his life” in his home country.

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