Islamabad (EFE).- The former Pakistani military dictator Pervez Musharraf, who ruled this nuclear power for almost a decade, died this Sunday in Dubai after several years suffering from a rare disease.
The general “died today at the American Hospital in Dubai at the age of 79. He suffered from a rare disease called amyloidosis,” the former president of the All Pakistan Muslim League, Musharraf’s formation, Muhammed Amjad, confirmed to EFE.
Musharraf was being treated in Dubai, where he lived, for this disease that is caused by the accumulation in the organs of a protein called amyloid, which alters the functioning of the tissues and causes dysfunction.
«Going through a difficult stage where recovery is not possible and the organs do not function properly. Pray for his peace of mind in his daily life,” the family said in a statement published last June.
condolences on his death
The press wing of the Pakistani Army expressed in a statement its “sincere condolences on the sad death of General Pervez Musharraf, former Chairman, CJCSC (Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee) and Army Chief of Staff.”
“May Allah bless the soul of the deceased and give strength to the grieving family,” he added.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif in a brief message also offered “his condolences to the family of (retired) General Pervez Musharraf. May the soul of the deceased rest in peace! », He posted on Twitter.
According to Pakistan’s Geo TV, a special flight will take place from Dubai on Monday to bring Musharraf’s body back to Pakistan for burial.
However, according to Amjad, “his family will make the final decision on whether his body will be returned to Pakistan or not. His mother was buried in Dubai, so maybe they decide to bury him in Dubai as well, that remains to be seen,” he said.
Musharraf, who was facing several legal cases in Pakistan, had been in Dubai since 2016, where he traveled to attend to his health with the promise of returning to face Justice, but since then he had refused to return.
The retired soldier who came to power through a coup in 1999 and ruled the nuclear power until 2008, was tried by a special court for the crime of treason against the soldier, accused of imposing a state of emergency and ordering the arrest of dozens of judges.
Although the court sentenced the former coup leader to death in 2019, marking the first time in seven decades of the country’s history that a military dictator has been convicted of his actions, the ruling was annulled the following year by the Lahore High Court.
Pakistan has been ruled by four military dictators who staged three coups in the country’s 72-year history, the first in 1958 and the last in 1999.
Even when it does not directly hold power, the military exercises great control over foreign policy and national security.