Pakistani former President Pervez Musharraf has died after a prolonged illness at a hospital in Dubai, Pakistani media reported on Sunday.
Pakistan’s military confirmed the death of Musharraf, 79, who was pushed from power in 2008. The former army chief had been in self-imposed exile in Dubai.
The chiefs of Pakistan’s army, navy and air force expressed condolences on his death, the public relations wing of the military said.
The former four-star general, who seized power in a bloodless coup in 1999, oversaw rapid economic growth and attempted to usher in socially liberal values in the conservative Muslim country.
Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf poses for a picture after an interview with Reuters in London January 16, 2011. Musharraf said on Sunday that Pakistan’s blasphemy laws could not be changed, but that the man who killed the governor of Punjab province over his opposition to them must be punished.
Supporters of Pervez Musharraf carry national flags and signs, after a Pakistani court sentenced the former military ruler to death on charges of high treason and subverting the constitution, during a protest in Karachi, Pakistan, December 19, 2019. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro
Pakistan’s former President and head of the All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) political party Pervez Musharraf speaks as he unveils his party manifesto for the forthcoming general election at his residence in Islamabad April 15, 2013. The election tribunal of Sindh High Court rejected the appeal Musharraf submitted against the rejection of his nomination papers in the NA-250 constituency of Karachi on Monday, local media reported. REUTERS/Mian Khursheed (PAKISTAN – Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)
The former President of Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf, speaks at a news conference at a branch of his political party in east London January 19, 2012. REUTERS/Andrew Winning