Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has died at the age of 79 after a long illness in a hospital in his hometown of Dubai. His family and the Pakistani authorities report this. Musharraf seized power as a general in 1999 and ruled as the country’s head of state from 2001 to 2008.
In the latter year he resigned when parliamentarians threatened impeachment proceedings. Musharraf was later prosecuted for his role as a dictator and eventually fled to Dubai. His family said in June last year after reports in Pakistani media about the hospitalization of the former president that he had been admitted due to complications from the protein storage disease he suffered from (amyloidosis). “He is going through a difficult phase in which recovery is not possible and organs are not functioning properly. Pray for relief in his daily life,” it said on Twitter.
Musharraf was considered a secular leader who was strongly opposed to radical Islamism and jihadism. He thus also became an ally of the US in the US fight against terrorists and against the Taliban. He has sought rapprochement with India. Musharraf pursued a liberal cultural policy that made many enemies among ultra-conservative Muslims.
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