Rumors of Musharraf’s death surfaced on social media last week, but the reports were quickly denied by his family, who said he suffered from amyloidosis, a rare disease caused by a buildup of an abnormal protein called amyloid in organs and tissues across the country. the body.
“In such a situation, the position of the institution (army) and (his) leadership is that Pervez Musharraf should return,” army spokesman Major General Babar Iftikhar told a private TV station on Tuesday evening. He said the final decision on his return would be made by his family.
“We have contacted his family. As soon as his family responds, we can make the necessary arrangements,” the spokesperson said. Days before Iftikhar’s statement, Defense Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif had said he believed there should be no hurdles if the former dictator wants to return to Pakistan.
After the statement by the military spokesman, the former prime minister and head of Pakistan’s Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) asked the coalition government led by his younger brother Shehbaz Sharif to help the former dictator if he wants to return to Pakistan, adding that he has no “personal enmity or quarrel” with him.
“I have no personal enmity or quarrel with Pervez Musharraf. I don’t want anyone else to suffer the trauma I have to go through for my loved ones,” the former prime minister posted on Twitter, adding that he prayed for his (Musharraf’s) health.
Musharraf, 78, had left for the UAE in 2016 for medical treatment but has not returned to Pakistan since. In 2014, he was indicted for the suspension of the country’s constitution in November 2007. The former military dictator was sentenced to death by a special court in December 2019 in a case of high treason.