After a long bout of serious illness, former Pakistan President and chief of Army staff Pervez Musharraf died today at the American Hospital in UAE’s Dubai after spending years in self-imposed exile. He was 79.
There’s no official communication if his body will be returned to Pakistan, though his family has been trying to bring him back home since last year.
General Musharraf’s organs were malfunctioning because of an ailment called amyloidosis. This disease affects connective tissues and organs, inhibiting normal functioning. It’s a rare disease caused by a build-up of an abnormal protein called amyloid in organs and tissues throughout the body.
Facing charges back home for the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in 2007, General Musharraf has been living in Dubai for the last eight years. He had expressed his desire to spend the “rest of his life” in his home country and return to Pakistan as soon as possible.
The former President was the tenth president of Pakistan after a successful bloodless military coup in 1999. He served as the 10th Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee of Pakistan (CJCSC) from 1998 to 2001 and the 7th top general from 1998 to 2007.