Pakistan’s Former President Pervez Musharraf Dies After Prolonged Illness
Pervez Musharraf, a former president of Pakistan and the head of the army, passed away today at the American Hospital in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, after battling a protracted illness and years of voluntary exile. He was 79.
Although his family has been attempting to get him back to Pakistan since last year, there has been no official word on whether his remains will be returned there.
Mr. Musharraf was suffering from amyloidosis, a condition that caused his organs to malfunction. Connective tissues and organs are impacted by this illness, which prevents regular operation. It is an uncommon disease brought on by the accumulation of amyloid, an aberrant protein, in many human tissues and organs.
Mr. Musharraf has spent the previous eight years living in Dubai while facing accusations for the 2007 murder of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto. He had previously stated that he wanted to spend the “rest of his life” in Pakistan and that he would do it as soon as feasible.
After a successful bloodless military coup in 1999, the former President became Pakistan’s ninth president. He held the positions of 7th top general from 1998 to 2007 and 10th Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee of Pakistan (CJCSC) from 1998 to 2001.
He was regarded as the war’s mastermind and gave the order for his forces to march into India in order to shut off Leh from Srinagar.
Pakistani soldiers, whose presence he denied, were destroyed in the fighting that ensued in the summer of 1999 in the high highlands of Kargil. For Mr. Musharraf, who had advanced the plan while mostly keeping his Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the dark, it was a catastrophic military disaster.
Two years after Kargil, Mr. Musharraf emerged more powerful than ever, which is almost unbelievable.
Mr. Musharraf, who was born in New Delhi in 1943, joined his parents in the mass migration of Muslims to the newly formed Pakistan when he was four years old. His father served in the foreign ministry, while his mother was a teacher and the family subscribed to a moderate, tolerant brand of Islam.
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