FORMER PAKISTAN'S MILITARY RULER PERVEZ MUSHARRAF DIES
ISLAMABAD, PAKISATAN (FEBRUARY 06. 2023): Pakistan's exiled former military ruler Pervez Musharraf, who became a key United States ally during the " WAR ON TERROR", died in a Dubai hospital on Sunday aged 79 after a long illness.
Musharraf seized power in a 1999 bloodless coup and was acting simultaneously as Pakisatan's army chief, chief executive, and president when the 9/11 attacks on the United States took place.
The general twice suspended the constitution and was accused of rigging a referendum shoring up his power, as well as rampant rights abuses including rounding up opponents during his nearly nine-year rule.
Nonetheless, he became Washington's chief regional ally during their invasion of neighbouring Afghanistan.
The decision - made after the United States issued a "FOR US OR AGAINST UNITED STATES" ultimatum - put him in the crosshairs of Islamist militant, who made several attempts on his life.
But it also earned Pakistan a huge influx of foreign aid which bolstered the economy.
In Pakistan, where the military remains supremely powerful and enjoys significant support, Musharraf is a divisive figure.
" There was good in him," 69-year-old Naemm UI Haq Satti told AFP in an Islamabad marketplace.
" But his one act, which will be remembered throughout history, was he violated the constitution," the retired civil servant added. " The most important thing a country has is its constitution."
Musharraf had been suffering from a rare disease known as Amyloidosis and last summer his family said he had no prospect of recovery.
Senior military chiefs " express heartfelt condolences on sad demise of General Pervez Musharraf", a brief statement released by the military's media wing said Saturday.
The four-star general died in hospital in Dubai on Sunday morning, according to media reports and a senior security official.
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