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Pervez Musharraf, Former Pakistani General & President, Dies in Dubai at 79

Pakistan’s former president Pervez Musharraf passed away in Dubai at the age of 79 due to a prolonged illness. Musharraf, who was admitted to a hospital in Dubai, was shifted to the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology (AFIC) in Rawalpindi earlier.

Pervez Musharraf, who was in Dubai since March 2016, was undergoing treatment for amyloidosis. It is a rare disease that occurs when an abnormal protein, called amyloid, builds up in your organs and interferes with their normal function.

Pervez Musharraf was the tenth president of the South Asian nation after the successful military coup in 1999 and 7th top general from 1998 to 2007.

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The Charges Against Pervez Musharraf:

 

Musharraf, 78, was facing treason charges for suspending the Constitution in 2007 over the imposition of an extra-constitutional emergency, a punishable offence for which he was indicted in 2014.

About Musharraf & His Timeline:

 

  • Musharraf was born on August 11, 1943, in Delhi and completed his early education at St Patrick’s High School in Karachi. The former president pursued higher education at Forman Christian College in Lahore.

  • A retired General, Musharraf was a veteran of the 1965 and 1971 Indo-Pakistan wars.

 

  • He assumed power after engineering a successful military takeover of the Pakistani government in 1999.
  • In 2002, he won a general election which was widely reported as almost certainly to have been rigged.
  • Notably for India, Musharraf made some strides towards solving the Kashmir question and move towards peace. In 2006, he told  that Pakistan could be willing to give up its claim on Kashmir if India agreed to a self-government plan.
  • Musharraf, who ruled Pakistan from 1999 to 2008, was declared a fugitive in the Benazir Bhutto murder case and Red Mosque cleric killing case.
  • When Nawaz Sharif was elected in 2013, he initiated high treason charges against Musharraf who was convicted and sentenced to death in 2019. His death sentence was eventually struck down by the Lahore high court which had declared the Sharif government’s actions unconstitutional.

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