c994d02922b4f232d0dcff70499775a7084fa52a Former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf dies at the age of 79.
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Former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf dies at the age of 79.

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Living in exile in Dubai after leading a coup and avoiding prosecution in numerous crimes. The Pakistani army confirmed this past Sunday that Pervez Musharraf, the former president of Pakistan, passed away in Dubai at the age of 79 following a protracted illness (02.05.2023).

The commander-in-chief of the army, Pervez Musharraf, led a coup against Nawaz Sharif in 1999 after the latter chose to remove him from his position after choosing him over senior officers to lead the army a year earlier.

From June 20, 2001, until his resignation on August 18, 2008, Musharraf was the president of Pakistan. In a subsequent referendum in 2002, he was elected to a five-year term as president but broke his word to leave his position as army chief at the end of 2007.

Musharraf was utterly out of favour and was compelled to quit after the murder of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto in December 2007 and the humiliating losses endured by his allies in the 2008 elections. Musharraf's intentions to seize back control in 2013 were halted when he was denied the right to run in an election won by Nawaz Sharif, the leader he toppled in 1999.

In 2016, Musharraf went to Dubai for medical treatment while residing in self-imposed exile to escape being indicted in many cases. Three years after declaring a state of emergency in 2007, he was executed for treason in absentia. However, a court eventually overturned the judgement.


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