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    Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf is not dead, says family

    Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf is not dead, says family

    Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf is not dead, says family
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    Earlier, Pakistani media outlet Waqt News reported the demise of Musharraf on their Twitter handle. The tweet has since been deleted.

    Former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf is not dead, his family said on June 10, denying reports of his demise amid a swirl of conflicting statements. Earlier, Pakistani media outlet Waqt News reported the death of Musharraf on their Twitter handle. The tweet has since been deleted. Musharraf (78), who has been living in Dubai since March 2016, ruled Pakistan from 1999 to 2008.

    However, even as Musharraf’s family tweeted that he is ‘not on a ventilator,’ the ex-President’s close aide and former information minister Fawad Chaudhry told PTI: “Musharraf is critical as he is on a ventilator.”

    "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," read the 'Message from Family' on Musharraf's Twitter handle.

    Chaudhry, who was the information minister in the Imran Khan government, was once a media spokesperson for Musharraf. He said that he spoke to Musharraf’s son who confirmed his illness. “I have just spoken to Gen Musharraf’s son Bilal in Dubai who confirmed that he (Musharraf) is on ventilator,” Chaudhry said.

    Meanwhile, Ifzaal Siddique, the president of the All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) Overseas — founded by Musharraf — reacted to reports with: “General Pervez Musharraf is at home (a little) bit ill though, but fully alert as usual, please don’t listen to fake news. Just pray for his good health, Ameen,” Siddique said.

    Musharraf had seized power by ousting then PM Nawaz Sharif in a 1999 bloodless coup.
    India and Pakistan possibly came closest to resolving their issues when Musharraf met then Indian PM Atal Behari Vajpayee at the Agra Summit in January 2004. The general had proposed what was called the ‘Four-point solution’ to Kashmir. According to different accounts, the solution was, in principle, acceptable to Vajpayee but the deal fell through hours before the signing ceremony.

    Here's a timeline of his political career:

    October 7, 1998: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif appoints General Musharraf army chief but their relationship breaks down over the Kargil border conflict with India the next year.

    October 13, 1999: Musharraf takes power following a bloodless coup after Sharif sacked him a day earlier while the general was on his way back from Sri Lanka. The country was virtually bankrupt and the coup was relatively popular. Sharif is sent into exile a year later.

    June 20, 2001: Musharraf is sworn in as president but retains his army chief post.

    September 12, 2001: A day after al Qaeda attacked the United States, then US secretary of state Colin Powell tells Musharraf: “You are either with us or against us.” A week later, Musharraf announces Pakistan has joined the US-led war on terrorism.

    April 30, 2002: Musharraf wins a controversial referendum on extending his rule for five more years.

    July 6, 2002: Musharraf imposes laws effectively barring former prime ministers Benazir Bhutto and Sharif from power.

    December 14 and 25, 2003: Musharraf survives two al Qaeda-inspired assassination attempts in Rawalpindi. Low-ranking army and air force personnel are implicated in the first attack.

    December 24, 2003: Musharraf announces he will step down as army chief by the end of 2004.

    January, 2004: Musharraf and India’s then prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, agree to a peace dialogue less than two years after the nuclear-armed nations went to the brink of war. The neighbours have fought three wars since 1947.

    December 30, 2004: Musharraf announces he is going back on his pledge to step down as army chief.

    October 2005: Musharraf rallies the country and the army emerges with credit for leading relief efforts after an earthquake kills 73,000 people.

    September 2006: Musharraf launches his autobiography, In the Line of Fire, in New York.

    March 9, 2007: Musharraf suspends Supreme Court chief justice Iftikhar Chaudhry on allegations of misconduct. Lawyers rally to the top judge and Musharraf’s popularity plummets as their pro-democracy campaign draws support.

    July 6, 2007: Assassins try to kill Musharraf, but his plane had taken off and was far away before they opened fire from a rooftop close to the military airfield in Rawalpindi.

    July 10 2007: After a week-long siege, Musharraf orders troops to storm the Red Mosque in Islamabad to crush a Taliban-style movement. At least 105 people are killed.

    July 20 2007: Supreme Court reinstates Chief Justice Chaudhry, dealing a blow to Musharraf’s authority.

    September 10 2007: Sharif tries to return from exile but is arrested at Islamabad airport and deported to Saudi Arabia, despite having clearance from the Supreme Court to return.

    October 6 2007: Musharraf wins most votes in a presidential election but has to wait for the Supreme Court to confirm the legality of his re-election. 

    November 2 2007: Supreme Court reconvenes to hear challenges whether Musharraf was eligible to stand for re-election by parliament on October 6.

    November 3 2007: Musharraf imposes emergency rule.

    Musharraf was declared a fugitive in the Benazir Bhutto murder case and Red Mosque cleric killing case. He is facing treason charges for suspending the Constitution in 2007, a punishable offence for which he was indicted in 2014.

    The former military ruler left for Dubai in March 2016 for medical treatment and has not returned since.

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