retired General Pervez Musharraf passed away in Dubai on Sunday after a prolonged battle with the rare disease amyloidosis.
He was 79.
Shazia Siraj, spokesperson for Pakistan’s consulate in Dubai and embassy in Abu Dhabi confirmed the news.
“I can confirm that he passed away this morning,” she told Reuters.
Geo News reported that a special flight will be made to Dubai on Monday to bring Musharraf’s body back to Pakistan for burial.
Meanwhile, a Khaleej Times report said that the Consulate General of Pakistan in
Dubai has issued a no-objection certificate (NOC) as Musharraf’s family intends to repatriate his body to Pakistan.
“We are in touch with the family and the consulate will facilitate in whatever way it can,\
the consulate has issued the no objection certificate,” the report quoted Consul-General Hassan Afzal Khan as saying.
In a statement issued immediately after Musharraf’s demise, the Inter-Services Public
said that Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Sahir Shamshad and all the services chiefs expressed their heartfelt condolences.
“May Allah bless the departed soul and give strength to the bereaved family,” the military’s media wing said.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif also extended condolences to Musharraf’s family.
“I offer my condolences to the family of General (retd) Pervez Musharraf. May the departed soul rest in peace,” he tweeted.
“Going through a difficult stage where recovery is not possible and organs are malfunctioning.
Pray for ease in his daily living,”
his family said at the time in a statement via Musharraf’s official Twitter account.
The family had issued the statement after the news of his demise had started circulating on social media after some Pakistani and Indian publications carried it.
(APML) announced that he was suffering from the rare disease amyloidosis.
Amyloidosis is the name for a group of rare, serious conditions caused by a build-up of an abnormal
protein called amyloid in organs and tissues throughout the body. The build-up of amyloid proteins
(deposits) can make it difficult for the organs and tissues to work properly.
The party’s Overseas President Afzaal Siddiqui
had said that Musharraf’s condition had “weakened his nervous system”. At the time he was being treated in London.
On March 30, 2014, Musharraf was indicted for suspending the Constitution on November 3, 2007.
On December 17, 2019, a special court handed Musharraf a death sentence in the high treason case against him.
The former military ruler left the country in March 2016 for Dubai to seek medical treatment and didn’t return to Pakistan since.