Pervez Musharraf
recovery at residence,
no obstacle in his
return to Pakistan: Asif

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DUBAI: Former president of Pakistan, Gen ® Pervez Musharraf is recovering from his serious illness and has shifting to his flat from hospital.

Ifzaal Siddiqui, President, APML-UK, told The Nation that former president was very seriously ill and remained in one of the Dubai’s hospitals for about three weeks but Allah has blessed him and he is now back to his residence. He requested all people especially the fens of former president to pray for his early recovery.

Afzaal Siddiqui had said that Musharraf’s condition had “weakened his nervous system”. At the time he was being treated in London.

Gen ® Pervez Musharraf

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Meanwhile, Minister for Defence Khawaja Muhammad Asif said there should be no obstacles to the return of former president retired Gen. Pervez Musharraf given his critical health condition.

The former military strongman is critically ill and has been hospitalised in Dubai since last month, his family said Friday. They asked for prayers for his health while denying local media reports back home that he is on a ventilator.

Musharraf has been living in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) since 2016, when he was allowed to leave Pakistan on bail to seek medical treatment abroad.

A death sentence against him, handed down in absentia in 2020 in a treason case related to the state of emergency that Musharraf imposed in 2007 while in power, was later overturned.

Responding to the development through a tweet, Asif, while referring to the removal of the government of Nawaz Sharif in 1999, said events of the past should not in any way obstruct Musharraf’s homecoming.

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“May he recover fast and spend his remaining life with dignity and in peace,” he said.

Over the years, the former president was said to be very ill and was unlikely to travel home. Friday’s statement from Musharraf’s family, posted on Twitter, followed newspaper reports in Pakistan and statements attributed to his friends saying he was gravely ill.

“He is not on the ventilator. Has been hospitalised for the last 3 weeks due to a complication of his ailment,” his family said, adding he has been suffering from amyloidosis, a chronic metabolic disease in which abnormal proteins build up and damage organs such as the heart, kidney and liver.

Musharraf seized power in 1999 by ousting the elected government of then-prime minister Sharif.

Under his rule, Pakistan became a key ally of the United States in the war on terror following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in America. He approved NATO’s transport of military equipment to land-locked Afghanistan through Pakistan and for the US to use Pakistan’s air bases for logistic support.

In 2007, he imposed an emergency rule and placed several key judges under house arrest in Islamabad and elsewhere in Pakistan.

Gen (r) Musharraf while in hospital

Gen Musharraf’s family had clarified on Friday that he was not on a ventilator but had been hospitalised for the last three weeks.

The family had issued the statement after false news of his demise started circulating on social media after some Pakistani and Indian publications carried it.

The retired general’s illness came to light in 2018 when the All Pakistan Muslim League announced that he was suffering from the rare disease amyloidosis.

The general ruled the country from 1999 to 2008. On March 30, 2014, Musharraf was indicted for suspending the Constitution on November 3, 2007.

On December 17, 2019, a special court handed Musharraf the 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 hasn’t returned to Pakistan since.