KARACHI – Former military ruler Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf was laid to rest at an army cemetery on Tuesday and his funeral prayers were offered at Polo Ground in Malir Cantt.
The funeral prayers were attended by a large number of people, including government and military leaders, however reports claimed that people were not allowed to take mobile phone in Polo Ground.
The security of the graveyard has been handed over to Rangers as it is expected that high-profile personalities would attend the last rituals.
It is recalled that Musharraf’s father is also buried in Karachi while his mother has been laid to rest in Dubai.
On Monday, the former President’s remains were brought to Sindh capital in a special plane from the UAE. Reports suggest that his body was given ritual washing and shrouding in UAE, where he passed away.
The jet carrying his body landed at the old terminal of Karachi airport, and his family members along were shifted to their destination under security.
Earlier, his family approached the Pakistan consulate in UAE to shift his body back to Pakistan, and the Consulate General of Pakistan in Dubai issued a no-objection certificate.
The former President succumbed to his illness early Sunday in UAE, where he stayed for the last six years. The country's top leaders including President, Prime Minister expressed grief over the death of the former army chief.
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 rupee remains stable against US dollar in the open market on March 4, 2024 (Monday).
In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.3 for buying and 282.45 for selling.
Euro currently stands at 302.5 for buying and 305.5 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 354 for buying, and 359 for selling.
UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.3 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.5.
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