Former President of Pakistan General (Retd) Pervez Musharraf passed away at the age of 79 after a prolonged illness. Pervez Musharraf had been battling illness for a long time and was undergoing treatment at the American Hospital in Dubai.
A spokesman for Pakistan’s diplomatic mission in the United Arab Emirates confirmed local media reports and said that Pakistan’s former president Pervez Musharraf died in Dubai. Shazia Siraj, the spokeswoman for the Pakistani consulate in Dubai and the embassy in Abu Dhabi, told the foreign news agency Reuters that the former president died this morning.
Shazia Siraj said that the diplomatic mission is in constant contact with Pervez Musharraf’s family. According to the report of the private news channel ‘GEO’, a request has been made by the family to the consulate of Dubai to take the dead body of the former president to Pakistan. According to the report, a plane from Pakistan will arrive in Dubai tomorrow morning to take the dead body of Pervez Musharraf, a special plane will arrive at Al Maktoum Airport in Dubai from Noor Khan Air Base.
President of the country Dr. Arif Alvi has expressed deep sorrow and regret over the death of former President General Retired Pervez Musharraf.
According to the condolence statement issued by the press wing of the President’s House, the President expressed his condolences to the heirs of the former President.
The President also prayed for forgiveness for the late President and patience for his heirs.
Prime Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif also expressed his condolences on the death of Pervez Musharraf and said that he expresses his condolences and sympathy to the family of the deceased.
The Prime Minister prayed for the forgiveness of the deceased and patience for the family.
I offer my condolences to the family of General (rtd) Pervez Musharraf. May the departed soul rest in peace!
— Shehbaz Sharif (@CMShehbaz) February 5, 2023
Chairman Senate Sadiq Sanjrani also expressed deep sorrow over the death of the former president and expressed his condolences to the family of the deceased.
In his statement on Twitter, he said that may Allah grant the deceased a high position and give patience to the bereaved.
Joint Chiefs of Army Staff Committee Shah Shamshad Mirza and all service chiefs have expressed their heartfelt condolences on the death of General (retd) Pervez Musharraf.
In a statement issued by the ISPR regarding the Joint Chiefs of Army Staff and Services Chief, it has been said that may Allah forgive the deceased and grant patience to his family.
Former Punjab Chief Minister Chaudhry Pervez Elahi expressed deep sorrow and grief over the death of former President and Army Chief General Pervez Musharraf and said that he is an equal sharer in the grief of the family.
In his statement on Twitter, he said that his services to the Pakistan Army and the country cannot be forgotten.
A look at the life of Pervez Musharraf
Pervez Musharraf was the army chief for about 9 years (1999-2008), he came to power after overthrowing the government of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, and he became the 10th president of Pakistan in 2001 and held this position until early 2008. The former dictator was indicted in March 2014 for treason for suspending the constitution on November 3, 2007.
On December 17, 2019, a special court sentenced Pervez Musharraf to death in a high treason case.
The former military ruler went to Dubai for treatment in March 2016 and has not returned to Pakistan since then. He was born on 11 August 1943 in Delhi before the partition of the subcontinent, after the creation of Pakistan his family settled in Karachi where he studied at St. Patrick’s School.
Later, he joined the Pakistan Military Academy at Kakul and after graduation in 1964, he was commissioned in the Pakistan Army.
Pervez Musharraf participated in the Indo-Pak War of 1965, serving in the elite Special Services Group (SSGC) from 1966 to 1972. He was the company commander.
After 1971, he excelled on many military fronts and achieved rapid promotion.
News of the retired general’s illness surfaced in 2018 when the All Pakistan Muslim League announced that he was suffering from amyloidosis.
Amyloidosis is a rare, serious condition in which a protein called amyloid builds up in organs and tissues throughout the body, making it difficult for organs and tissues to function properly.
It should be noted that on June 10 last year, his family clarified that he is not on the ventilator but has been hospitalized for three weeks.
The family issued this statement after false reports of his death started circulating on social networking websites and were also published by some Pakistani and Indian publications.