ISLAMABAD – The dead body of Pakistan’s former military ruler and President General (r) Pervez Musharraf was brought back to his homeland on Monday, a day after the 79-yearold passed away after prolonged illness.
All Pakistan Muslim League activists, politicians and armed forces offered their condolences, and expressed grief at his passing.
Reports in local media claimed that Musharraf’s body was brought back to the South Asian country via a special jet that landed at Nur Khan Airbase. The country’s most recent military ruler will be buried in the army graveyard in garrison city of Rawalpindi.
Earlier, his family approached Pakistan consulate in UAE to shift his body back to Pakistan, and Consulate General of Pakistan in Dubai has issued a no-objection certificate.
The former President succumbed to his illness early Sunday in UAE, where he stayed for the last six years.
Musharraf’s legacy has largely been marred by his extreme moves; he however has received praise for some of his noble work. The former ruler seized power in a bloodless coup in 1999 after ousting then-premier Nawaz Sharif who attempted to dismiss him as top general.
He later declared himself president and went on to rule the fifth most populous country until he stepped down to avoid impeachment by the new parliament in 2007.
In 2019, a Pakistani court sentenced him for treason over his 2007 imposition of emergency rule. The ruling was however overturned by a court in the long-running case.
The former dictator had been living in the Emirates since then as he was allowed to travel on medical grounds while being tried on treason charges.
Pakistani currency remains stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 21, 2024 (Wednesday).
In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.6 for buying and 282.4 for selling.
Euro comes down to 300 for buying and 303 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 350.5 for buying, and 354 for selling.
UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.15 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.
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