Former Pakistani dictator Pervez Musharraf’s family provide clarification on his health; grim diagnosis

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Former Pakistani dictator Pervez Musharraf is not on a ventilator nor is he deceased, his family said on Friday. In a statement posted on their official Twitter account, however, the family admitted that Musharraf had been admitted to a hospital in the United Arab Emirates for the past 3 weeks due to a complication of his amyloidosis disease. They said the former Pakistani president was going through a “bad phase where recovery is not possible”.

“And the organs are malfunctioning. Pray for ease in his daily life,” the family of the 78-year-old retired Pakistani army chief tweeted after reports started circulating of his poor health, some even claiming that he had succumbed. Articles about his health were published on the statement of former Pakistani Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry, who said he was in critical condition and on life support.

Musharaf in exile in the UAE

Musharraf has lived in Dubai for six years, facing charges in his country for the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in 2007. In 2013, a counterterrorism court in Pakistan charged him with murder, conspiracy committing murder and facilitating murder. It is relevant to mention here that Musharraf was not on the list of defendants until 2008, but later his name was included based on an email from Benazir to American journalist Mark Segal.

He served as President of Pakistan from 2001 to 2008. The former Pakistani military general who is accused of orchestrating and being the real architect of the Kargil war wrested power from Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in a coup of State in 1999. Earlier that year, Pakistani armed forces and terrorists had secretly occupied mountainous areas on the Indian side of the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir, which led to the war of Kargil. Indian forces pushed back the Pakistanis and defeated them at the end of the nearly three-month conflict, with few in the world accepting Pakistan’s claims that its troops armed under the guise of terrorists were not involved.

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