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Ailing Gen Musharraf wants to return home to Pakistan

Former President Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf is fighting for recovery from multiple ailments in Dubai. However, he has expressed his desire to spend the rest of his life in Pakistan.

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Ailing former President of Pakistan General (retd) Pervez Musharraf has expressed his desire to his close associates that he wants to spend the rest of his life in Pakistan, the media reported.

The media quoted Musharraf’s close aide, Dr Muhammad Amjad, as confirming that Pervez Musharraf wanted to return to Pakistan immediately. The 78-year-old former President has been living in Dubai since 2016.

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

Amyloidosis is the name for a group of rare, serious conditions caused by a build-up of an abnormal protein called amyloid in organs and tissues throughout the body. The build-up of amyloid proteins (deposits) can make it difficult for the organs and tissues to work properly.

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Earlier, false reports began circulating on social media that Pervez Musharraf had passed away. His family rejected the reports and clarified that he is not on the ventilator, however, his recovery is not possible.

“He is not on the ventilator. Has been hospitalized for the last 3 weeks due to a complication of his ailment (Amyloidosis). Going through a difficult stage where recovery is not possible and organs are malfunctioning. Pray for ease in his daily living,” Pervez Musharraf’s family said.

Pakistan ready to bring Musharraf home

Due to Pervez Musharraf’s severe condition, the public, including political leaders began sending prayers for his health. PML-N leader and Defense Minister Khawaja Asif seemingly said that the incumbent government will facilitate his return.

“Due to General Musharraf’s ill health, no hurdles should be placed for his return to Pakistan,” the defense minister said on Twitter.

He said that past events shouldn’t be involved in this matter. He went on to pray for the former military ruler’s good health.

“May Allah give him health and may he spend the rest of his life with dignity,” added Khawaja Asif.

Pertinent to mention, in 1999, PML-N’s government was overthrown by Pervez Musharraf. Nawaz Sharif was the prime minister at the time when the government was removed.

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On the other hand, family sources of Pervez Musharraf have refuted the report of the possible return of the former President to Pakistan and said his current health condition does not permit him to travel to Pakistan.