DUBAI: body of self-exiled former military ruler Pervez Musharraf, who became key US ally during the “war on terror”, expected repatriation on Monday.
Musharraf, who fled pakistan in 2016 for treatment after travel ban lifted, died on Sunday, 79 years old in Dubai after a long illness.
High-ranking officials who asked not to be named told him body will be repatriated on Monday, with funeral is expected later in day.
Musharraf captured power in during the bloodless coup of 1999 and simultaneously served as army commander, chief executive and president during the 9/11 attacks. on United States took place.
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general twice suspended the constitution and was accused of referendum fraud up his power also rampant rights violations, including rounding up opponents during his almost nine-year rule.
“After all, he left Pakistanis with deep disgust for straight military rule so, despite military has great power behind scenes now, it’s not want be in power directly again”, Madiha Afzal, analyst from the Brookings Institution, AFP reported.
Musharraf became Washington’s main regional ally during invasion of neighboring Afghanistan, decision what put him in crosshair of militants, who made several tries on his life.
But this also earned pakistan huge influx of foreign aid, which strengthened economy.
In Pakistan where military remains to the highest degree powerful and enjoys significant support for Musharraf, a divisive figure.
“There was good in him”, 69-yearold Naeem ul-Haq Satti, a retired civil servant, told AFP. in Islamabad market.
“But him one an act that will be remembered throughout history, did he violate the Constitution? added. “The most important thing that a country has is its constitution.”
Musharraf suffered from a rare disease known as amyloidosis. last summer it family said he had no prospect of recovery.
Older military leaders “express sincere condolences on sad death of General Pervez Musharraf,” a brief statement released by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), military media wing, said Sunday.