Pakistan’s former President Basic Pervez Musharraf has died in Dubai after a protracted sickness at Dubai American Hospital, in response to an announcement from the Pakistani navy. He was 79 years previous.
In an announcement despatched to CNN, senior navy officers expressed their “heartfelt condolences” on the “unhappy demise of Basic Pervez Musharraf.”
“Might Allah bless the departed soul and provides power to the bereaved household,” the assertion learn.
Tributes and messages of condolences have poured in from Pakistani politicians.
Pakistan’s prime minister Shehbaz Sharif expressed his “condolences and sympathy to the household” of the previous chief in an announcement Sunday.
The chairman of Pakistan’s Senate, Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani, additionally expressed his “deep sorrow and grief,” whereas the Tehreek-e-Insaf get together, led by former prime minister Imran Khan who was ousted in a vote of no confidence final 12 months, mentioned: “Our prayers and condolences go to his household and we share their grief.”
The previous chief, who had been dwelling in self-imposed exile in Dubai within the United Arab Emirates since 2016, seized energy from former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif – Shehbaz Sharif’s older brother – in a navy coup in 1999 and appointed himself president in 2001, whereas remaining head of the military. He continued to guide Pakistan as president till 2008.
Musharraf turned a key ally of the US following the 9/11 terror assaults, and he tried to turn out to be an indispensable determine in combating Islamic extremism.
However his time in energy was marred with controversy and he was accused of widespread human rights abuses and oppression.
His time period was punctuated by two failed assassination makes an attempt in 2003. In November 2007, he declared a state of emergency, suspended Pakistan’s structure, changed the chief choose and blacked out impartial TV retailers.
Musharraf mentioned he did so to stabilize the nation and to struggle rising Islamist extremism. The motion drew sharp criticism from the US and democracy advocates. Pakistanis overtly referred to as for his elimination.
Underneath stress from the West, Musharraf later lifted the state of emergency and referred to as elections, held in February 2008, during which his get together fared badly.
He stepped down in August 2008 after the governing coalition started taking steps to question him.
Musharraf then went into exile however returned to Pakistan in 2013 with the intention of working within the nation’s nationwide elections. As an alternative, his plans unraveled as he turned entangled in an internet of courtroom instances referring to his time in energy.
In 2019, he was sentenced to dying in absentia for top treason. The ruling was later overturned.
Musharraf had been dwelling in Dubai since March 2016, when Pakistan’s Supreme Courtroom lifted a journey ban, permitting him to depart the nation to hunt medical remedy there.
He was married to Sehba Musharraf and had a son and a daughter.