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  •  ISLAMABAD DUBAI Feb 5 Reuters Pakistan s former President Pervez Musharraf a key U S ally in the campaign against al Qaeda following the militant group s Sept 11 2001 attacks died in Dubai on Sunday after a prolonged illness He was 79 Musharraf a former four star general who seized power after a 1999 military coup died in hospital in Dubai where he was living in self imposed exile since 2016 His body will be flown to Pakistan for burial on Monday Geo News reported I offer my condolences to the family of General Pervez Musharraf tweeted Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif May the departed soul rest in peace Musharraf was suffering from a rare organ disease called amyloidosis and was admitted to hospital last year after he became critically ill his family said He was credited with attracting foreign investment to Pakistan which saw the strongest economic growth in nearly 30 years during his rule and he enjoyed the support of the military and Pakistanis who backed his crackdown against militant groups But his decade long rule was also marred by a heavy handed approach to dissent which included arresting rivals such as current prime minister Sharif and the imposing of an almost six week long state of emergency in which he suspended the constitution and censored the media He failed to build on his early popularity to effect sustainable economic and political reforms and became a captive of military power and vested interests said Shuja Nawaz author of several books on Pakistan s military and a fellow at U S think tank Atlantic Council A graduate from a Christian high school Musharraf was keen for Pakistan to embrace liberal Islam an approach that increased his appeal in the West following the 9 11 attacks on the United States 1 7 Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf poses for a picture after an interview with Reuters in London January 16 2011 Musharraf joined what Washington called its war on terror giving U S forces ground and air access into landlocked Afghanistan to chase down al Qaeda militants This decision contradicted Pakistan s long standing support for the Taliban which at that point controlled Afghanistan and made Musharraf a target for domestic militant groups He survived at least four assassination attempts The Tehreek e Taliban Pakistan an umbrella group of Pakistani militant organisations formed after Musharraf s crackdown on extremists celebrated his death This was the infamous army chief who sold off the country s honour and respect it said a statement In a 2006 memoir Musharraf said he saved Pakistan by joining the campaign against al Qaeda He also successfully lobbied the administration of former U S President George W Bush to pour money into the nuclear armed nation s military which remains one of the most powerful in South Asia Domestically Musharraf s iron fist rule created turmoil The state of emergency in 2007 aimed to quell protests triggered by a clampdown on the judiciary and the media That same year his government was criticised for not providing enough security ahead of the assasination by the Pakistani Taliban of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto a political rival killed while on campaign for national elections The Musharraf backed party lost the vote held months later in 2008 Facing impeachment by parliament he resigned and fled to London Musharraf returned to Pakistan in 2013 to run for parliament but was immediately disqualified He left for Dubai in 2016 and was sentenced to death in absentia three years later for the state of emergency The verdict was later overturned One of Musharraf s former political aides told Geo News that he would either be buried in Karachi his family s hometown or Rawalpindi home to the army s headquarters Our Standards The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles Credit reuters com You can read the original article here
    Pakistan’s former President Musharraf, key U.S. ally against al Qaeda, is dead
     ISLAMABAD DUBAI Feb 5 Reuters Pakistan s former President Pervez Musharraf a key U S ally in the campaign against al Qaeda following the militant group s Sept 11 2001 attacks died in Dubai on Sunday after a prolonged illness He was 79 Musharraf a former four star general who seized power after a 1999 military coup died in hospital in Dubai where he was living in self imposed exile since 2016 His body will be flown to Pakistan for burial on Monday Geo News reported I offer my condolences to the family of General Pervez Musharraf tweeted Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif May the departed soul rest in peace Musharraf was suffering from a rare organ disease called amyloidosis and was admitted to hospital last year after he became critically ill his family said He was credited with attracting foreign investment to Pakistan which saw the strongest economic growth in nearly 30 years during his rule and he enjoyed the support of the military and Pakistanis who backed his crackdown against militant groups But his decade long rule was also marred by a heavy handed approach to dissent which included arresting rivals such as current prime minister Sharif and the imposing of an almost six week long state of emergency in which he suspended the constitution and censored the media He failed to build on his early popularity to effect sustainable economic and political reforms and became a captive of military power and vested interests said Shuja Nawaz author of several books on Pakistan s military and a fellow at U S think tank Atlantic Council A graduate from a Christian high school Musharraf was keen for Pakistan to embrace liberal Islam an approach that increased his appeal in the West following the 9 11 attacks on the United States 1 7 Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf poses for a picture after an interview with Reuters in London January 16 2011 Musharraf joined what Washington called its war on terror giving U S forces ground and air access into landlocked Afghanistan to chase down al Qaeda militants This decision contradicted Pakistan s long standing support for the Taliban which at that point controlled Afghanistan and made Musharraf a target for domestic militant groups He survived at least four assassination attempts The Tehreek e Taliban Pakistan an umbrella group of Pakistani militant organisations formed after Musharraf s crackdown on extremists celebrated his death This was the infamous army chief who sold off the country s honour and respect it said a statement In a 2006 memoir Musharraf said he saved Pakistan by joining the campaign against al Qaeda He also successfully lobbied the administration of former U S President George W Bush to pour money into the nuclear armed nation s military which remains one of the most powerful in South Asia Domestically Musharraf s iron fist rule created turmoil The state of emergency in 2007 aimed to quell protests triggered by a clampdown on the judiciary and the media That same year his government was criticised for not providing enough security ahead of the assasination by the Pakistani Taliban of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto a political rival killed while on campaign for national elections The Musharraf backed party lost the vote held months later in 2008 Facing impeachment by parliament he resigned and fled to London Musharraf returned to Pakistan in 2013 to run for parliament but was immediately disqualified He left for Dubai in 2016 and was sentenced to death in absentia three years later for the state of emergency The verdict was later overturned One of Musharraf s former political aides told Geo News that he would either be buried in Karachi his family s hometown or Rawalpindi home to the army s headquarters Our Standards The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles Credit reuters com You can read the original article here
    Pakistan’s former President Musharraf, key U.S. ally against al Qaeda, is dead
    Foreign2 hours ago

    Pakistan’s former President Musharraf, key U.S. ally against al Qaeda, is dead

    ISLAMABAD/DUBAI, Feb 5 (Reuters) - Pakistan's former President Pervez Musharraf, a key U.S. ally in the campaign against al Qaeda following the militant group's Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, died in Dubai on Sunday after a prolonged illness. He was 79.

    Musharraf, a former four-star general who seized power after a 1999 military coup, died in hospital in Dubai, where he was living in self-imposed exile since 2016. His body will be flown to Pakistan for burial on Monday, Geo News reported.

    "I offer my condolences to the family of General Pervez Musharraf," tweeted Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif. "May the departed soul rest in peace."

    Musharraf was suffering from a rare organ disease called amyloidosis, and was admitted to hospital last year after he became critically ill, his family said.

    He was credited with attracting foreign investment to Pakistan, which saw the strongest economic growth in nearly 30 years during his rule, and he enjoyed the support of the military and Pakistanis who backed his crackdown against militant groups.

    But his decade-long rule was also marred by a heavy-handed approach to dissent, which included arresting rivals such as current prime minister Sharif and the imposing of an almost six-week long state of emergency in which he suspended the constitution and censored the media.

    "He failed to build on his early popularity to effect sustainable economic and political reforms and became a captive of military power and vested interests," said Shuja Nawaz, author of several books on Pakistan's military and a fellow at U.S. think-tank Atlantic Council.

    A graduate from a Christian high school, Musharraf was keen for Pakistan to embrace liberal Islam, an approach that increased his appeal in the West following the 9/11 attacks on the United States.

    [1/7] Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf poses for a picture after an interview with Reuters in London January 16, 2011.

    Musharraf joined what Washington called its "war on terror", giving U.S. forces ground and air access into landlocked Afghanistan to chase down al Qaeda militants.

    This decision contradicted Pakistan's long-standing support for the Taliban, which at that point controlled Afghanistan, and made Musharraf a target for domestic militant groups. He survived at least four assassination attempts.

    The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, an umbrella group of Pakistani militant organisations formed after Musharraf's crackdown on extremists, celebrated his death.

    "This was the infamous army chief who sold off the country's honour and respect," it said a statement.

    In a 2006 memoir, Musharraf said he "saved" Pakistan by joining the campaign against al Qaeda. He also successfully lobbied the administration of former U.S. President George W. Bush to pour money into the nuclear-armed nation's military, which remains one of the most powerful in South Asia.

    Domestically, Musharraf's iron-fist rule created turmoil. The state of emergency in 2007 aimed to quell protests triggered by a clampdown on the judiciary and the media. That same year, his government was criticised for not providing enough security ahead of the assasination by the Pakistani Taliban of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, a political rival killed while on campaign for national elections.

    The Musharraf-backed party lost the vote, held months later in 2008. Facing impeachment by parliament, he resigned and fled to London.

    Musharraf returned to Pakistan in 2013 to run for parliament but was immediately disqualified. He left for Dubai in 2016, and was sentenced to death in absentia three years later for the state of emergency. The verdict was later overturned.

    One of Musharraf's former political aides told Geo News that he would either be buried in Karachi, his family's hometown, or Rawalpindi, home to the army's headquarters.

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    Credit: reuters.com. You can read the original article here.

  •  A spokeswoman for the Pakistani Consulate in Dubai confirmed his death to The Associated Press While his cause of death wasn t immediately clear he was hospitalized last year in Dubai with an incurable condition related to bone marrow cancer Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and the Pakistani military also confirmed his death and offered condolences to his family Although Musharraf only really became known on the international stage after backing the U S in its war on terror following the 9 11 attacks he first grabbed the limelight with a coup that he launched in mid air Relations between Nawaz Sharif and Musharraf whom Sharif himself had appointed as head of the military had been deteriorating for months over how to handle relations with neighboring India The two countries have long been adversaries and Musharraf and other Pakistani military commanders viewed Sharif s overtures to India s Hindu nationalist government with extreme suspicion even hostility Incensed by rumors many of which proved later to be factual Sharif tried to assert civilian control by firing Musharraf while he was flying back to Pakistan after his visit to Sri Lanka To add insult to injury Musharraf s plane was ordered to divert to India after being refused permission to land in Pakistan But Musharraf wasn t having it He retaliated by ordering his troops to seize control of the airport where his plane had been due to land and subsequently remove Sharif from power Musharraf s troops remained loyal to him Sharif was deposed and Musharraf installed himself as Pakistan s new de facto president In the immediate aftermath of 9 11 Musharraf issued a strong condemnation of the attacks and very publicly threw his country s weight behind U S efforts to destroy al Qaeda and remove the group s Taliban hosts from power in Afghanistan Musharraf had developed strong relations with several senior U S military figures while he was head of his own country s armed forces including Gens Anthony Zinni Tommy Franks and John Abizaid Joint U S Pakistani operations on Pakistani soil after 9 11 led to the arrests of dozens of leading al Qaeda figures including ringleader Khalid Sheikh Mohammed Pakistan also became the main supply route for the NATO operation in Afghanistan saving the military alliance billions of dollars by allowing it to avoid supplying its troops via a longer route through Central Asia Musharraf survived multiple al Qaeda assassination attempts but was continually criticized for not doing enough to purge Islamic extremists from Pakistan s tribal areas Domestically Musharraf s policies of liberalizing the economy and media helped more moderate forces in Pakistani society assert themselves over the religious right who had dominated the country s politics for decades However after ruling Pakistan for almost a decade Musharraf s popularity declined sharply after a series of scandals He resigned as president in 2008 to avoid impeachment and went into self imposed exile first in London and then in Dubai Defying death threats he dramatically returned to his country in 2013 hoping to reenter politics It didn t go as he d hoped Musharraf left again embroiled in a legal battle and then in 2019 he was sentenced to death in absentia on charges of high treason stemming from his actions after the 1999 coup and for failing to provide adequate security for former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto who was assassinated in 2007 The death sentence was later annulled Credit cbsnews com You can read the original article here
    Pervez Musharraf, military ruler of Pakistan who partnered with U.S. after 9/11, dies at 79
     A spokeswoman for the Pakistani Consulate in Dubai confirmed his death to The Associated Press While his cause of death wasn t immediately clear he was hospitalized last year in Dubai with an incurable condition related to bone marrow cancer Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and the Pakistani military also confirmed his death and offered condolences to his family Although Musharraf only really became known on the international stage after backing the U S in its war on terror following the 9 11 attacks he first grabbed the limelight with a coup that he launched in mid air Relations between Nawaz Sharif and Musharraf whom Sharif himself had appointed as head of the military had been deteriorating for months over how to handle relations with neighboring India The two countries have long been adversaries and Musharraf and other Pakistani military commanders viewed Sharif s overtures to India s Hindu nationalist government with extreme suspicion even hostility Incensed by rumors many of which proved later to be factual Sharif tried to assert civilian control by firing Musharraf while he was flying back to Pakistan after his visit to Sri Lanka To add insult to injury Musharraf s plane was ordered to divert to India after being refused permission to land in Pakistan But Musharraf wasn t having it He retaliated by ordering his troops to seize control of the airport where his plane had been due to land and subsequently remove Sharif from power Musharraf s troops remained loyal to him Sharif was deposed and Musharraf installed himself as Pakistan s new de facto president In the immediate aftermath of 9 11 Musharraf issued a strong condemnation of the attacks and very publicly threw his country s weight behind U S efforts to destroy al Qaeda and remove the group s Taliban hosts from power in Afghanistan Musharraf had developed strong relations with several senior U S military figures while he was head of his own country s armed forces including Gens Anthony Zinni Tommy Franks and John Abizaid Joint U S Pakistani operations on Pakistani soil after 9 11 led to the arrests of dozens of leading al Qaeda figures including ringleader Khalid Sheikh Mohammed Pakistan also became the main supply route for the NATO operation in Afghanistan saving the military alliance billions of dollars by allowing it to avoid supplying its troops via a longer route through Central Asia Musharraf survived multiple al Qaeda assassination attempts but was continually criticized for not doing enough to purge Islamic extremists from Pakistan s tribal areas Domestically Musharraf s policies of liberalizing the economy and media helped more moderate forces in Pakistani society assert themselves over the religious right who had dominated the country s politics for decades However after ruling Pakistan for almost a decade Musharraf s popularity declined sharply after a series of scandals He resigned as president in 2008 to avoid impeachment and went into self imposed exile first in London and then in Dubai Defying death threats he dramatically returned to his country in 2013 hoping to reenter politics It didn t go as he d hoped Musharraf left again embroiled in a legal battle and then in 2019 he was sentenced to death in absentia on charges of high treason stemming from his actions after the 1999 coup and for failing to provide adequate security for former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto who was assassinated in 2007 The death sentence was later annulled Credit cbsnews com You can read the original article here
    Pervez Musharraf, military ruler of Pakistan who partnered with U.S. after 9/11, dies at 79
    Foreign2 hours ago

    Pervez Musharraf, military ruler of Pakistan who partnered with U.S. after 9/11, dies at 79

    A spokeswoman for the Pakistani Consulate in Dubai confirmed his death to The Associated Press. While his cause of death wasn't immediately clear, he was hospitalized last year in Dubai with an incurable condition related to bone marrow cancer. Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and the Pakistani military also confirmed his death and offered condolences to his family.

    Although Musharraf only really became known on the international stage after backing the U.S. in its "war on terror" following the 9/11 attacks, he first grabbed the limelight with a coup that he launched in mid-air.

    Relations between Nawaz Sharif and Musharraf, whom Sharif himself had appointed as head of the military, had been deteriorating for months over how to handle relations with neighboring India. The two countries have long been adversaries, and Musharraf and other Pakistani military commanders viewed Sharif's overtures to India's Hindu nationalist government with extreme suspicion, even hostility.

    Incensed by rumors, many of which proved later to be factual, Sharif tried to assert civilian control by firing Musharraf while he was flying back to Pakistan after his visit to Sri Lanka. To add insult to injury, Musharraf's plane was ordered to divert to India after being refused permission to land in Pakistan.

    But Musharraf wasn't having it. He retaliated by ordering his troops to seize control of the airport where his plane had been due to land, and subsequently remove Sharif from power.

    Musharraf's troops remained loyal to him. Sharif was deposed, and Musharraf installed himself as Pakistan's new de facto president.

    In the immediate aftermath of 9/11, Musharraf issued a strong condemnation of the attacks and very publicly threw his country's weight behind U.S. efforts to destroy al Qaeda and remove the group's Taliban hosts from power in Afghanistan.

    Musharraf had developed strong relations with several senior U.S. military figures while he was head of his own country's armed forces, including Gens. Anthony Zinni, Tommy Franks and John Abizaid. Joint U.S.-Pakistani operations on Pakistani soil after 9/11 led to the arrests of dozens of leading al Qaeda figures, including ringleader Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.

    Pakistan also became the main supply route for the NATO operation in Afghanistan, saving the military alliance billions of dollars by allowing it to avoid supplying its troops via a longer route through Central Asia.

    Musharraf survived multiple al Qaeda assassination attempts, but was continually criticized for not doing enough to purge Islamic extremists from Pakistan's tribal areas.

    Domestically, Musharraf's policies of liberalizing the economy and media helped more moderate forces in Pakistani society assert themselves over the religious right, who had dominated the country's politics for decades.

    However, after ruling Pakistan for almost a decade, Musharraf's popularity declined sharply after a series of scandals. He resigned as president in 2008 to avoid impeachment and went into self-imposed exile, first in London and then in Dubai.

    Defying death threats, he dramatically returned to his country in 2013, hoping to reenter politics.

    It didn't go as he'd hoped. Musharraf left again, embroiled in a legal battle, and then in 2019, he was sentenced to death in absentia on charges of high treason, stemming from his actions after the 1999 coup and for failing to provide adequate security for former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, who was assassinated in 2007.

    The death sentence was later annulled.

    Credit: cbsnews.com. You can read the original article here.

  •  L ex pr sident Pervez Musharraf dernier dirigeant militaire du Pakistan dont il avait fait un alli des tats Unis dans la lutte contre Al Qa da est d c d Duba l ge de 79 ans des suites d une maladie rare Arriv au pouvoir apr s un coup d tat en 1999 et rest la t te du Pakistan jusqu en 2008 ce g n ral quatre toiles s tait autoproclam pr sident en juin 2001 et occupait donc ce poste au moment des attentats du 11 septembre 2001 contre les tats Unis Ce fumeur de cigares et buveur de whisky initialement per u comme un mod r s tait rig en principal alli r gional de Washington dans la lutte contre Al Qa da Il avait chapp au moins trois tentatives d assassinat de la part de cette organisation Le pr sident pakistanais Arif Alvi a pri pour le repos ternel de l me du d funt et pour que soit donn la famille endeuill e le courage de supporter cette perte a indiqu son bureau dans un communiqu Les hauts responsables militaires expriment leurs sinc res condol ances la suite du d c s du g n ral Pervez Musharraf a indiqu le service de presse de l arm e Qu Allah b nisse l me du d funt et donne de la force la famille endeuill e L ancien chef d tat qui avait t contraint de quitter le pouvoir sous la menace d une proc dure de destitution est d c d dimanche matin ont pr cis des m dias et un haut responsable de la s curit Je peux confirmer que le d funt g n ral a rendu son dernier souffle Duba ce matin Il n est plus a indiqu l AFP cette source qui a requis l anonymat Pendant ses neuf ann es au pouvoir le Pakistan a vu sa croissance conomique d coller sa classe moyenne se d velopper les m dias se lib raliser et l arm e jouer la carte de l apaisement face l Inde rivale Sous Musharraf la d cision du Pakistan de se rallier la guerre contre le terrorisme s est r v l e tre une aubaine rel ve l analyste Hasan Askari voquant l afflux d aide internationale dont le pays a b n fici en cons quence Il restera comme quelqu un qui aura pr sid le Pakistan un moment tr s critique ajoute M Askari interrog par l AFP Pour Mohammad Waqas un tudiant de 24 ans rencontr Islamabad Musharraf a am lior le syst me d ducation et les infrastructures contribuant ainsi au d veloppement du pays Mais d un autre c t le pays a subi des pertes face au terrorisme L entr e dans la guerre de l Am rique a affaibli notre propre pays a t il en revanche estim Pervez Musharraf un ancien commando d lite n Delhi le 11 ao t 1943 quatre ans avant la partition de l Inde tait chef d tat major des arm es quand il avait renvers en octobre 1999 le gouvernement civil de Nawaz Sharif sans effusion de sang Il s tait autoproclam pr sident en juin 2001 avant de remporter en avril 2002 un r f rendum controvers Son seul acte dont on se souviendra tout au long de l histoire a t d avoir viol la Constitution a estim pour part le fonctionnaire la retraite Naeem Ul Haq Satti La chose la plus importante d un pays est sa Constitution a dit l AFP cet homme de 69 ans En 2007 M Musharraf avait toutefois atteint des sommets d impopularit apr s avoir tent de limoger le pr sident de la Cour supr me Au lendemain de l assassinat de la dirigeante de l opposition Benazir Bhutto en d cembre 2007 les pertes crasantes subies par ses alli s lors des lections de 2008 l avaient laiss isol Soumis la pression de la justice et de la coalition victorieuse dans les urnes qui s tait montr e pr te lancer une proc dure de destitution son encontre il avait t contraint la d mission en ao t 2008 En 2013 il avait interrompu un luxueux exil volontaire pour tenter de revenir au pouvoir mais sa candidature avait t invalid e et le scrutin avait t remport par Nawaz Sharif l homme qu il avait renvers en 1999 C tait un bon dirigeant Il n y a pas eu de chef comme lui auparavant et il n y en aura plus jamais comme lui a d clar Muhammad Khan un commer ant d Islamabad g de 70 ans Pervez Musharraf avait rejoint Duba en 2016 pour des traitements m dicaux li s une amylose une pathologie rare touchant les organes vitaux En 2019 un tribunal sp cial l avait condamn la peine de mort par contumace pour haute trahison pour avoir instaur l tat d urgence en 2007 Mais sa condamnation avait t annul e peu apr s Voulez vous activer les alertes du navigateur Credit ledevoir com You can read the original article here
    L’ancien président du Pakistan Pervez Musharraf est décédé
     L ex pr sident Pervez Musharraf dernier dirigeant militaire du Pakistan dont il avait fait un alli des tats Unis dans la lutte contre Al Qa da est d c d Duba l ge de 79 ans des suites d une maladie rare Arriv au pouvoir apr s un coup d tat en 1999 et rest la t te du Pakistan jusqu en 2008 ce g n ral quatre toiles s tait autoproclam pr sident en juin 2001 et occupait donc ce poste au moment des attentats du 11 septembre 2001 contre les tats Unis Ce fumeur de cigares et buveur de whisky initialement per u comme un mod r s tait rig en principal alli r gional de Washington dans la lutte contre Al Qa da Il avait chapp au moins trois tentatives d assassinat de la part de cette organisation Le pr sident pakistanais Arif Alvi a pri pour le repos ternel de l me du d funt et pour que soit donn la famille endeuill e le courage de supporter cette perte a indiqu son bureau dans un communiqu Les hauts responsables militaires expriment leurs sinc res condol ances la suite du d c s du g n ral Pervez Musharraf a indiqu le service de presse de l arm e Qu Allah b nisse l me du d funt et donne de la force la famille endeuill e L ancien chef d tat qui avait t contraint de quitter le pouvoir sous la menace d une proc dure de destitution est d c d dimanche matin ont pr cis des m dias et un haut responsable de la s curit Je peux confirmer que le d funt g n ral a rendu son dernier souffle Duba ce matin Il n est plus a indiqu l AFP cette source qui a requis l anonymat Pendant ses neuf ann es au pouvoir le Pakistan a vu sa croissance conomique d coller sa classe moyenne se d velopper les m dias se lib raliser et l arm e jouer la carte de l apaisement face l Inde rivale Sous Musharraf la d cision du Pakistan de se rallier la guerre contre le terrorisme s est r v l e tre une aubaine rel ve l analyste Hasan Askari voquant l afflux d aide internationale dont le pays a b n fici en cons quence Il restera comme quelqu un qui aura pr sid le Pakistan un moment tr s critique ajoute M Askari interrog par l AFP Pour Mohammad Waqas un tudiant de 24 ans rencontr Islamabad Musharraf a am lior le syst me d ducation et les infrastructures contribuant ainsi au d veloppement du pays Mais d un autre c t le pays a subi des pertes face au terrorisme L entr e dans la guerre de l Am rique a affaibli notre propre pays a t il en revanche estim Pervez Musharraf un ancien commando d lite n Delhi le 11 ao t 1943 quatre ans avant la partition de l Inde tait chef d tat major des arm es quand il avait renvers en octobre 1999 le gouvernement civil de Nawaz Sharif sans effusion de sang Il s tait autoproclam pr sident en juin 2001 avant de remporter en avril 2002 un r f rendum controvers Son seul acte dont on se souviendra tout au long de l histoire a t d avoir viol la Constitution a estim pour part le fonctionnaire la retraite Naeem Ul Haq Satti La chose la plus importante d un pays est sa Constitution a dit l AFP cet homme de 69 ans En 2007 M Musharraf avait toutefois atteint des sommets d impopularit apr s avoir tent de limoger le pr sident de la Cour supr me Au lendemain de l assassinat de la dirigeante de l opposition Benazir Bhutto en d cembre 2007 les pertes crasantes subies par ses alli s lors des lections de 2008 l avaient laiss isol Soumis la pression de la justice et de la coalition victorieuse dans les urnes qui s tait montr e pr te lancer une proc dure de destitution son encontre il avait t contraint la d mission en ao t 2008 En 2013 il avait interrompu un luxueux exil volontaire pour tenter de revenir au pouvoir mais sa candidature avait t invalid e et le scrutin avait t remport par Nawaz Sharif l homme qu il avait renvers en 1999 C tait un bon dirigeant Il n y a pas eu de chef comme lui auparavant et il n y en aura plus jamais comme lui a d clar Muhammad Khan un commer ant d Islamabad g de 70 ans Pervez Musharraf avait rejoint Duba en 2016 pour des traitements m dicaux li s une amylose une pathologie rare touchant les organes vitaux En 2019 un tribunal sp cial l avait condamn la peine de mort par contumace pour haute trahison pour avoir instaur l tat d urgence en 2007 Mais sa condamnation avait t annul e peu apr s Voulez vous activer les alertes du navigateur Credit ledevoir com You can read the original article here
    L’ancien président du Pakistan Pervez Musharraf est décédé
    Foreign8 hours ago

    L’ancien président du Pakistan Pervez Musharraf est décédé

    L’ex-président Pervez Musharraf, dernier dirigeant militaire du Pakistan dont il avait fait un allié des États-Unis dans la lutte contre Al-Qaïda, est décédé à Dubaï à l’âge de 79 ans des suites d’une maladie rare.

    Arrivé au pouvoir après un coup d’État en 1999 et resté à la tête du Pakistan jusqu’en 2008, ce général quatre étoiles s’était autoproclamé président en juin 2001 et occupait donc ce poste au moment des attentats du 11 septembre 2001 contre les États-Unis.

    Ce fumeur de cigares et buveur de whisky, initialement perçu comme un modéré, s’était érigé en principal allié régional de Washington dans la lutte contre Al-Qaïda. Il avait échappé à au moins trois tentatives d’assassinat de la part de cette organisation.

    Le président pakistanais Arif Alvi a prié « pour le repos éternel de l’âme du défunt et pour que soit donné à la famille endeuillée le courage de supporter cette perte », a indiqué son bureau dans un communiqué.

    Les hauts responsables militaires « expriment leurs sincères condoléances à la suite du décès du général Pervez Musharraf », a indiqué le service de presse de l’armée. « Qu’Allah bénisse l’âme du défunt et donne de la force à la famille endeuillée ».

    L’ancien chef d’État, qui avait été contraint de quitter le pouvoir sous la menace d’une procédure de destitution, est décédé dimanche matin, ont précisé des médias et un haut responsable de la sécurité.

    « Je peux confirmer que le défunt général a rendu son dernier souffle à Dubaï ce matin… Il n’est plus », a indiqué à l’AFP cette source, qui a requis l’anonymat.

    Pendant ses neuf années au pouvoir, le Pakistan a vu sa croissance économique décoller, sa classe moyenne se développer, les médias se libéraliser et l’armée jouer la carte de l’apaisement face à l’Inde rivale.

    « Sous Musharraf, la décision du Pakistan de se rallier à la “guerre contre le terrorisme” s’est révélée être une aubaine », relève l’analyste Hasan Askari, évoquant l’afflux d’aide internationale dont le pays a bénéficié en conséquence.

    « Il restera comme quelqu’un qui aura présidé le Pakistan à un moment très critique », ajoute M. Askari, interrogé par l’AFP.

    Pour Mohammad Waqas, un étudiant de 24 ans rencontré à Islamabad, « Musharraf a amélioré le système d’éducation et les infrastructures, contribuant ainsi au développement » du pays.

    « Mais d’un autre côté, le pays a subi des pertes face au terrorisme. L’entrée dans la guerre de l’Amérique a affaibli notre propre pays », a-t-il en revanche estimé.

    Pervez Musharraf, un ancien commando d’élite né à Delhi le 11 août 1943, quatre ans avant la partition de l’Inde, était chef d’état-major des armées quand il avait renversé en octobre 1999 le gouvernement civil de Nawaz Sharif, sans effusion de sang.

    Il s’était autoproclamé président en juin 2001, avant de remporter en avril 2002 un référendum controversé.

    « Son seul acte, dont on se souviendra tout au long de l’histoire, a été d’avoir violé la Constitution », a estimé pour part le fonctionnaire à la retraite, Naeem Ul Haq Satti. « La chose la plus importante d’un pays est sa Constitution », a dit à l’AFP cet homme de 69 ans.

    En 2007, M. Musharraf avait toutefois atteint des sommets d’impopularité après avoir tenté de limoger le président de la Cour suprême.

    Au lendemain de l’assassinat de la dirigeante de l’opposition Benazir Bhutto en décembre 2007, les pertes écrasantes subies par ses alliés lors des élections de 2008 l’avaient laissé isolé.

    Soumis à la pression de la justice et de la coalition victorieuse dans les urnes, qui s’était montrée prête à lancer une procédure de destitution à son encontre, il avait été contraint à la démission en août 2008.

    En 2013, il avait interrompu un luxueux exil volontaire pour tenter de revenir au pouvoir mais sa candidature avait été invalidée et le scrutin avait été remporté par Nawaz Sharif, l’homme qu’il avait renversé en 1999.

    « C’était un bon dirigeant. Il n’y a pas eu de chef comme lui auparavant et il n’y en aura plus jamais comme lui », a déclaré Muhammad Khan, un commerçant d’Islamabad âgé de 70 ans.

    Pervez Musharraf avait rejoint Dubaï en 2016 pour des traitements médicaux liés à une amylose, une pathologie rare touchant les organes vitaux.

    En 2019, un tribunal spécial l’avait condamné à la peine de mort par contumace pour « haute trahison », pour avoir instauré l’état d’urgence en 2007. Mais sa condamnation avait été annulée peu après.

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  •   Gen Pervez Musharraf who seized power in a bloodless coup and later led a reluctant Pakistan into aiding the U S war in Afghanistan against the Taliban has died officials said Sunday He was 79 Musharraf a former special forces commando became president through the last of a string of military coups that roiled Pakistan since its founding amid the bloody 1947 partition of India He ruled the nuclear armed state after his 1999 coup through tensions with India an atomic proliferation scandal and an Islamic extremist insurgency He stepped down in 2008 while facing possible impeachment Later in life Musharraf lived in self imposed exile in Dubai to avoid criminal charges despite attempting a political comeback in 2012 But it wasn t to be as his poor health plagued his last years He maintained a soldier s fatalism after avoiding a violent death that always seemed to be stalking him as Islamic militants twice targeted him for assassination I have confronted death and defied it several times in the past because destiny and fate have always smiled on me Musharraf once wrote I only pray that I have more than the proverbial nine lives of a cat Musharraf s family announced in June 2022 that he had been hospitalized for weeks in Dubai while suffering from amyloidosis an incurable condition that sees proteins build up in the body s organs They later said he also needed access to the drug daratumumab which is used to treat multiple myeloma That bone marrow cancer can cause amyloidosis Shazia Siraj a spokeswoman for the Pakistani Consulate in Dubai confirmed his death and said diplomats were providing support to his family The Pakistani military also offered its condolences as did Pakistani Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif the younger brother of the prime minister Musharraf overthrew in 1999 May God give his family the courage to bear this loss Sharif said Pakistan a nation nearly twice the size of California along the Arabian Sea is now home to 220 million people But it would be its border with Afghanistan that would soon draw the U S s attention and dominate Musharraf s life a little under two years after he seized power Al Qaida leader Osama bin Laden launched the Sept 11 2001 attacks from Afghanistan sheltered by the country s Taliban rulers Musharraf knew what would come next America was sure to react violently like a wounded bear he wrote in his autobiography If the perpetrator turned out to be al Qaida then that wounded bear would come charging straight toward us By Sept 12 then U S Secretary of State Colin Powell told Musharraf that Pakistan would either be with us or against us Musharraf said another American official threatened to bomb Pakistan back into the Stone Age if it chose the latter Musharraf chose the former A month later he stood by then President George W Bush at the Waldorf Astoria in New York to declare Pakistan s unwavering support to fight with the United States against terrorism in all its forms wherever it exists Pakistan became a crucial transit point for NATO supplies headed to landlocked Afghanistan That was the case even though Pakistan s powerful Inter Services Intelligence agency had backed the Taliban after it swept into power in Afghanistan in 1994 Prior to that the CIA and others funnelled money and arms through the ISI to Islamic fighters battling the 1980s Soviet occupation of Afghanistan The U S led invasion of Afghanistan saw Taliban fighters flee over the border back into Pakistan including bin Laden whom the U S would kill in 2011 at a compound in Abbottabad They regrouped and the offshoot Pakistani Taliban emerged beginning a yearslong insurgency in the mountainous border region between Afghanistan and Pakistan The CIA began flying armed Predator drones from Pakistan with Musharraf s blessing using an airstrip built by the founding president of the United Arab Emirates for falconing in Pakistan s Balochistan province The program helped beat back the militants but saw over 400 strikes in Pakistan alone kill at least 2 366 people including 245 civilians according to the Washington based New America Foundation think tank Though Pakistan under Musharraf launched these operations the militants still thrived as billions of American dollars flowed into the nation That led to suspicion that still plagues the U S relationship with Pakistan After 9 11 then President Musharraf made a strategic shift to abandon the Taliban and support the U S in the war on terror but neither side believes the other has lived up to expectations flowing from that decision a 2009 U S cable from then Ambassador Anne Patterson published by WikiLeaks said describing what had become the diplomatic equivalent of a loveless marriage The relationship is one of co dependency we grudgingly admit Pakistan knows the U S cannot afford to walk away the U S knows Pakistan cannot survive without our support But it would be Musharraf s life on the line Militants tried to assassinate him twice in 2003 by targeting his convoy first with a bomb planted on a bridge and then with car bombs That second attack saw Musharraf s vehicle lifted into the air by the blast before touching the ground again It raced to safety on just its rims Musharraf pulling a Glock pistol in case he needed to fight his way out It wasn t until his wife Sehba saw the car covered in gore that the scale of the attack dawned on him She is always calm in the face of danger he recounted But then she was screaming uncontrollably hysterically Born Aug 11 1943 in New Delhi India Musharraf was the middle son of a diplomat His family joined millions of other Muslims in fleeing westward when predominantly Hindu India and Islamic Pakistan split during independence from Britain in 1947 The partition saw hundreds of thousands of people killed in riots and fighting Musharraf entered the Pakistani army at age 18 and made his career there as Islamabad fought three wars against India He d launch his own attempt at capturing territory in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir in 1999 just before seizing power from Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Sharif had ordered Musharraf s dismissal as the army chief flew home from a visit to Sri Lanka and denied his plane landing rights in Pakistan even as it ran low on fuel On the ground the army took control and after he landed Musharraf took charge Yet as ruler Musharraf nearly reached a deal with India on Kashmir according to U S diplomats at the time He also worked toward a rapprochement with Pakistan s longtime rival Another major scandal emerged under his rule when the world discovered that famed Pakistani nuclear scientist A Q Khan long associated with the country s atomic bomb had been selling centrifuge designs and other secrets to countries including Iran Libya and North Korea making tens of millions of dollars Those designs helped Pyongyang to arm itself with a nuclear weapon while centrifuges from Khan s designs still spin in Iran amid the collapse of Tehran s nuclear deal with world powers Musharraf said he suspected Khan but it wasn t until 2003 when then CIA director George Tenet showed him detailed plans for a Pakistani centrifuge that the scientist had been selling that he realized the severity of what happened Khan would confess on state television in 2004 and Musharraf would pardon him though he d be confined to house arrest after that For years A Q s lavish lifestyle and tales of his wealth properties corrupt practices and financial magnanimity at state expense were generally all too well known in Islamabad s social and government circles Musharraf later wrote However these were largely ignored In hindsight that neglect was apparently a serious mistake Musharraf s domestic support eventually eroded He held flawed elections in late 2002 only after changing the constitution to give himself sweeping powers to sack the prime minister and parliament He then reneged on a promise to stand down as army chief by the end of 2004 Militant anger toward Musharraf increased in 2007 when he ordered a raid against the Red Mosque in downtown Islamabad It had become a sanctuary for militants opposed to Pakistan s support of the Afghan war The weeklong operation killed over 100 people The incident severely damaged Musharraf s reputation among everyday citizens and earned him the undying hatred of militants who launched a series of punishing attacks following the raid Fearing the judiciary would block his continued rule Musharraf fired the chief justice of Pakistan s Supreme Court That triggered mass demonstrations Under pressure at home and abroad to restore civilian rule Musharraf stepped down as army chief Though he won another five year presidential term Musharraf faced a major crisis following former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto s assassination in December 2007 at a campaign rally as she sought to become prime minister for the third time The public suspected Musharraf s hand in the killing which he denied A later United Nations report acknowledged the Pakistani Taliban was a main suspect in her slaying but warned that elements of Pakistan s intelligence services may have been involved Musharraf resigned as president in August 2008 after ruling coalition officials threatened to have him impeached for imposing emergency rule and firing judges I hope the nation and the people will forgive my mistakes Musharraf struggling with his emotions said in an hourlong televised address Afterward he lived abroad in Dubai and London attempting a political comeback in 2012 But Pakistan instead arrested the former general and put him under house arrest He faced treason allegations over the Supreme Court debacle and other charges stemming from the Red Mosque raid and Bhutto s assassination The image of Musharraf being treated as a criminal suspect shocked Pakistan where military generals long have been considered above the law Pakistan allowed him to leave the country on bail to Dubai in 2016 for medical treatment and he remained there after facing a later overturned death sentence But it suggested Pakistan may be ready to turn a corner in its history of military rule Musharraf s resignation is a sad yet familiar story of hubris this time in a soldier who never became a good politician wrote Patterson the U S ambassador at the time The good news is that the demonstrated strength of institutions that brought Musharraf down the media free elections and civil society also provide some hope for Pakistan s future It was these institutions that ironically became much stronger under his government Associated Press writer Rebecca Santana contributed to this report Gambrell reported from Dubai United Arab Emirates China may respond to the U S shooting down its suspected spy balloon after warning of serious repercussions but analysts say any move will likely be finely calibrated to keep from worsening ties that both sides have been seeking to repair Canadian researchers are drawing attention to the increasing prevalence of a pathological pursuit of muscularity among Canadian boys and young men with a new study that found one in four were at risk of developing what s known as muscle dysmorphia A former Israeli prime minister who served briefly as a mediator at the start of Russia s war with Ukraine says he drew a promise from the Russian president not to kill his Ukrainian counterpart Canada has sent one of its military planes to Haiti to help the country cope with escalating violence The U S military on Saturday shot down a suspected Chinese spy balloon off the Carolina coast after it traversed sensitive military sites across North America China insisted the flyover was an accident involving a civilian aircraft and threatened repercussions Justice Minister and Attorney General David Lametti says he is open to amending bail laws which have come under increased scrutiny following the shooting death of an Ontario Provincial Police officer An early study has shown keeping your gums and teeth healthy may have added benefits for your brain health The federal defence Minister says Canada unequivocally supports the United States government s decision to shoot down a high altitude surveillance balloon that was suspected of spying for China noting the balloon violated Canadian airspace Ukraine s defence minister expressed confidence Sunday that Western allies would agree to the country s latest weapons request warplanes to fight off Russian forces that invaded nearly a year ago Credit ctvnews ca You can read the original article here
    Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan martial ruler in 9/11 wars, dies
      Gen Pervez Musharraf who seized power in a bloodless coup and later led a reluctant Pakistan into aiding the U S war in Afghanistan against the Taliban has died officials said Sunday He was 79 Musharraf a former special forces commando became president through the last of a string of military coups that roiled Pakistan since its founding amid the bloody 1947 partition of India He ruled the nuclear armed state after his 1999 coup through tensions with India an atomic proliferation scandal and an Islamic extremist insurgency He stepped down in 2008 while facing possible impeachment Later in life Musharraf lived in self imposed exile in Dubai to avoid criminal charges despite attempting a political comeback in 2012 But it wasn t to be as his poor health plagued his last years He maintained a soldier s fatalism after avoiding a violent death that always seemed to be stalking him as Islamic militants twice targeted him for assassination I have confronted death and defied it several times in the past because destiny and fate have always smiled on me Musharraf once wrote I only pray that I have more than the proverbial nine lives of a cat Musharraf s family announced in June 2022 that he had been hospitalized for weeks in Dubai while suffering from amyloidosis an incurable condition that sees proteins build up in the body s organs They later said he also needed access to the drug daratumumab which is used to treat multiple myeloma That bone marrow cancer can cause amyloidosis Shazia Siraj a spokeswoman for the Pakistani Consulate in Dubai confirmed his death and said diplomats were providing support to his family The Pakistani military also offered its condolences as did Pakistani Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif the younger brother of the prime minister Musharraf overthrew in 1999 May God give his family the courage to bear this loss Sharif said Pakistan a nation nearly twice the size of California along the Arabian Sea is now home to 220 million people But it would be its border with Afghanistan that would soon draw the U S s attention and dominate Musharraf s life a little under two years after he seized power Al Qaida leader Osama bin Laden launched the Sept 11 2001 attacks from Afghanistan sheltered by the country s Taliban rulers Musharraf knew what would come next America was sure to react violently like a wounded bear he wrote in his autobiography If the perpetrator turned out to be al Qaida then that wounded bear would come charging straight toward us By Sept 12 then U S Secretary of State Colin Powell told Musharraf that Pakistan would either be with us or against us Musharraf said another American official threatened to bomb Pakistan back into the Stone Age if it chose the latter Musharraf chose the former A month later he stood by then President George W Bush at the Waldorf Astoria in New York to declare Pakistan s unwavering support to fight with the United States against terrorism in all its forms wherever it exists Pakistan became a crucial transit point for NATO supplies headed to landlocked Afghanistan That was the case even though Pakistan s powerful Inter Services Intelligence agency had backed the Taliban after it swept into power in Afghanistan in 1994 Prior to that the CIA and others funnelled money and arms through the ISI to Islamic fighters battling the 1980s Soviet occupation of Afghanistan The U S led invasion of Afghanistan saw Taliban fighters flee over the border back into Pakistan including bin Laden whom the U S would kill in 2011 at a compound in Abbottabad They regrouped and the offshoot Pakistani Taliban emerged beginning a yearslong insurgency in the mountainous border region between Afghanistan and Pakistan The CIA began flying armed Predator drones from Pakistan with Musharraf s blessing using an airstrip built by the founding president of the United Arab Emirates for falconing in Pakistan s Balochistan province The program helped beat back the militants but saw over 400 strikes in Pakistan alone kill at least 2 366 people including 245 civilians according to the Washington based New America Foundation think tank Though Pakistan under Musharraf launched these operations the militants still thrived as billions of American dollars flowed into the nation That led to suspicion that still plagues the U S relationship with Pakistan After 9 11 then President Musharraf made a strategic shift to abandon the Taliban and support the U S in the war on terror but neither side believes the other has lived up to expectations flowing from that decision a 2009 U S cable from then Ambassador Anne Patterson published by WikiLeaks said describing what had become the diplomatic equivalent of a loveless marriage The relationship is one of co dependency we grudgingly admit Pakistan knows the U S cannot afford to walk away the U S knows Pakistan cannot survive without our support But it would be Musharraf s life on the line Militants tried to assassinate him twice in 2003 by targeting his convoy first with a bomb planted on a bridge and then with car bombs That second attack saw Musharraf s vehicle lifted into the air by the blast before touching the ground again It raced to safety on just its rims Musharraf pulling a Glock pistol in case he needed to fight his way out It wasn t until his wife Sehba saw the car covered in gore that the scale of the attack dawned on him She is always calm in the face of danger he recounted But then she was screaming uncontrollably hysterically Born Aug 11 1943 in New Delhi India Musharraf was the middle son of a diplomat His family joined millions of other Muslims in fleeing westward when predominantly Hindu India and Islamic Pakistan split during independence from Britain in 1947 The partition saw hundreds of thousands of people killed in riots and fighting Musharraf entered the Pakistani army at age 18 and made his career there as Islamabad fought three wars against India He d launch his own attempt at capturing territory in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir in 1999 just before seizing power from Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Sharif had ordered Musharraf s dismissal as the army chief flew home from a visit to Sri Lanka and denied his plane landing rights in Pakistan even as it ran low on fuel On the ground the army took control and after he landed Musharraf took charge Yet as ruler Musharraf nearly reached a deal with India on Kashmir according to U S diplomats at the time He also worked toward a rapprochement with Pakistan s longtime rival Another major scandal emerged under his rule when the world discovered that famed Pakistani nuclear scientist A Q Khan long associated with the country s atomic bomb had been selling centrifuge designs and other secrets to countries including Iran Libya and North Korea making tens of millions of dollars Those designs helped Pyongyang to arm itself with a nuclear weapon while centrifuges from Khan s designs still spin in Iran amid the collapse of Tehran s nuclear deal with world powers Musharraf said he suspected Khan but it wasn t until 2003 when then CIA director George Tenet showed him detailed plans for a Pakistani centrifuge that the scientist had been selling that he realized the severity of what happened Khan would confess on state television in 2004 and Musharraf would pardon him though he d be confined to house arrest after that For years A Q s lavish lifestyle and tales of his wealth properties corrupt practices and financial magnanimity at state expense were generally all too well known in Islamabad s social and government circles Musharraf later wrote However these were largely ignored In hindsight that neglect was apparently a serious mistake Musharraf s domestic support eventually eroded He held flawed elections in late 2002 only after changing the constitution to give himself sweeping powers to sack the prime minister and parliament He then reneged on a promise to stand down as army chief by the end of 2004 Militant anger toward Musharraf increased in 2007 when he ordered a raid against the Red Mosque in downtown Islamabad It had become a sanctuary for militants opposed to Pakistan s support of the Afghan war The weeklong operation killed over 100 people The incident severely damaged Musharraf s reputation among everyday citizens and earned him the undying hatred of militants who launched a series of punishing attacks following the raid Fearing the judiciary would block his continued rule Musharraf fired the chief justice of Pakistan s Supreme Court That triggered mass demonstrations Under pressure at home and abroad to restore civilian rule Musharraf stepped down as army chief Though he won another five year presidential term Musharraf faced a major crisis following former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto s assassination in December 2007 at a campaign rally as she sought to become prime minister for the third time The public suspected Musharraf s hand in the killing which he denied A later United Nations report acknowledged the Pakistani Taliban was a main suspect in her slaying but warned that elements of Pakistan s intelligence services may have been involved Musharraf resigned as president in August 2008 after ruling coalition officials threatened to have him impeached for imposing emergency rule and firing judges I hope the nation and the people will forgive my mistakes Musharraf struggling with his emotions said in an hourlong televised address Afterward he lived abroad in Dubai and London attempting a political comeback in 2012 But Pakistan instead arrested the former general and put him under house arrest He faced treason allegations over the Supreme Court debacle and other charges stemming from the Red Mosque raid and Bhutto s assassination The image of Musharraf being treated as a criminal suspect shocked Pakistan where military generals long have been considered above the law Pakistan allowed him to leave the country on bail to Dubai in 2016 for medical treatment and he remained there after facing a later overturned death sentence But it suggested Pakistan may be ready to turn a corner in its history of military rule Musharraf s resignation is a sad yet familiar story of hubris this time in a soldier who never became a good politician wrote Patterson the U S ambassador at the time The good news is that the demonstrated strength of institutions that brought Musharraf down the media free elections and civil society also provide some hope for Pakistan s future It was these institutions that ironically became much stronger under his government Associated Press writer Rebecca Santana contributed to this report Gambrell reported from Dubai United Arab Emirates China may respond to the U S shooting down its suspected spy balloon after warning of serious repercussions but analysts say any move will likely be finely calibrated to keep from worsening ties that both sides have been seeking to repair Canadian researchers are drawing attention to the increasing prevalence of a pathological pursuit of muscularity among Canadian boys and young men with a new study that found one in four were at risk of developing what s known as muscle dysmorphia A former Israeli prime minister who served briefly as a mediator at the start of Russia s war with Ukraine says he drew a promise from the Russian president not to kill his Ukrainian counterpart Canada has sent one of its military planes to Haiti to help the country cope with escalating violence The U S military on Saturday shot down a suspected Chinese spy balloon off the Carolina coast after it traversed sensitive military sites across North America China insisted the flyover was an accident involving a civilian aircraft and threatened repercussions Justice Minister and Attorney General David Lametti says he is open to amending bail laws which have come under increased scrutiny following the shooting death of an Ontario Provincial Police officer An early study has shown keeping your gums and teeth healthy may have added benefits for your brain health The federal defence Minister says Canada unequivocally supports the United States government s decision to shoot down a high altitude surveillance balloon that was suspected of spying for China noting the balloon violated Canadian airspace Ukraine s defence minister expressed confidence Sunday that Western allies would agree to the country s latest weapons request warplanes to fight off Russian forces that invaded nearly a year ago Credit ctvnews ca You can read the original article here
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    Gen. Pervez Musharraf, who seized power in a bloodless coup and later led a reluctant Pakistan into aiding the U.S. war in Afghanistan against the Taliban, has died, officials said Sunday. He was 79.

    Musharraf, a former special forces commando, became president through the last of a string of military coups that roiled Pakistan since its founding amid the bloody 1947 partition of India. He ruled the nuclear-armed state after his 1999 coup through tensions with India, an atomic proliferation scandal and an Islamic extremist insurgency. He stepped down in 2008 while facing possible impeachment.

    Later in life, Musharraf lived in self-imposed exile in Dubai to avoid criminal charges, despite attempting a political comeback in 2012. But it wasn't to be as his poor health plagued his last years. He maintained a soldier's fatalism after avoiding a violent death that always seemed to be stalking him as Islamic militants twice targeted him for assassination.

    "I have confronted death and defied it several times in the past because destiny and fate have always smiled on me," Musharraf once wrote. "I only pray that I have more than the proverbial nine lives of a cat."

    Musharraf's family announced in June 2022 that he had been hospitalized for weeks in Dubai while suffering from amyloidosis, an incurable condition that sees proteins build up in the body's organs. They later said he also needed access to the drug daratumumab, which is used to treat multiple myeloma. That bone marrow cancer can cause amyloidosis.

    Shazia Siraj, a spokeswoman for the Pakistani Consulate in Dubai, confirmed his death and said diplomats were providing support to his family.

    The Pakistani military also offered its condolences as did Pakistani Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif, the younger brother of the prime minister Musharraf overthrew in 1999.

    "May God give his family the courage to bear this loss," Sharif said.

    Pakistan, a nation nearly twice the size of California along the Arabian Sea, is now home to 220 million people. But it would be its border with Afghanistan that would soon draw the U.S.'s attention and dominate Musharraf's life a little under two years after he seized power.

    Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden launched the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks from Afghanistan, sheltered by the country's Taliban rulers. Musharraf knew what would come next.

    "America was sure to react violently, like a wounded bear," he wrote in his autobiography. "If the perpetrator turned out to be al-Qaida, then that wounded bear would come charging straight toward us."

    By Sept. 12, then-U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell told Musharraf that Pakistan would either be "with us or against us." Musharraf said another American official threatened to bomb Pakistan "back into the Stone Age" if it chose the latter.

    Musharraf chose the former. A month later, he stood by then-President George W. Bush at the Waldorf Astoria in New York to declare Pakistan's unwavering support to fight with the United States against "terrorism in all its forms wherever it exists."

    Pakistan became a crucial transit point for NATO supplies headed to landlocked Afghanistan. That was the case even though Pakistan's powerful Inter-Services Intelligence agency had backed the Taliban after it swept into power in Afghanistan in 1994. Prior to that, the CIA and others funnelled money and arms through the ISI to Islamic fighters battling the 1980s Soviet occupation of Afghanistan.

    The U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan saw Taliban fighters flee over the border back into Pakistan, including bin Laden, whom the U.S. would kill in 2011 at a compound in Abbottabad. They regrouped and the offshoot Pakistani Taliban emerged, beginning a yearslong insurgency in the mountainous border region between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

    The CIA began flying armed Predator drones from Pakistan with Musharraf's blessing, using an airstrip built by the founding president of the United Arab Emirates for falconing in Pakistan's Balochistan province. The program helped beat back the militants but saw over 400 strikes in Pakistan alone kill at least 2,366 people -- including 245 civilians, according to the Washington-based New America Foundation think tank.

    Though Pakistan under Musharraf launched these operations, the militants still thrived as billions of American dollars flowed into the nation. That led to suspicion that still plagues the U.S. relationship with Pakistan.

    "After 9/11, then President Musharraf made a strategic shift to abandon the Taliban and support the U.S. in the war on terror, but neither side believes the other has lived up to expectations flowing from that decision," a 2009 U.S. cable from then-Ambassador Anne Patterson published by WikiLeaks said, describing what had become the diplomatic equivalent of a loveless marriage.

    "The relationship is one of co-dependency we grudgingly admit -- Pakistan knows the U.S. cannot afford to walk away; the U.S. knows Pakistan cannot survive without our support."

    But it would be Musharraf's life on the line. Militants tried to assassinate him twice in 2003 by targeting his convoy, first with a bomb planted on a bridge and then with car bombs. That second attack saw Musharraf's vehicle lifted into the air by the blast before touching the ground again. It raced to safety on just its rims, Musharraf pulling a Glock pistol in case he needed to fight his way out.

    It wasn't until his wife, Sehba, saw the car covered in gore that the scale of the attack dawned on him.

    "She is always calm in the face of danger," he recounted. But then, "she was screaming uncontrollably, hysterically."

    Born Aug. 11, 1943, in New Delhi, India, Musharraf was the middle son of a diplomat. His family joined millions of other Muslims in fleeing westward when predominantly Hindu India and Islamic Pakistan split during independence from Britain in 1947. The partition saw hundreds of thousands of people killed in riots and fighting.

    Musharraf entered the Pakistani army at age 18 and made his career there as Islamabad fought three wars against India. He'd launch his own attempt at capturing territory in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir in 1999 just before seizing power from Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

    Sharif had ordered Musharraf's dismissal as the army chief flew home from a visit to Sri Lanka and denied his plane landing rights in Pakistan, even as it ran low on fuel. On the ground, the army took control and after he landed Musharraf took charge.

    Yet as ruler, Musharraf nearly reached a deal with India on Kashmir, according to U.S. diplomats at the time. He also worked toward a rapprochement with Pakistan's longtime rival.

    Another major scandal emerged under his rule when the world discovered that famed Pakistani nuclear scientist A.Q. Khan, long associated with the country's atomic bomb, had been selling centrifuge designs and other secrets to countries including Iran, Libya and North Korea, making tens of millions of dollars. Those designs helped Pyongyang to arm itself with a nuclear weapon, while centrifuges from Khan's designs still spin in Iran amid the collapse of Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers.

    Musharraf said he suspected Khan but it wasn't until 2003 when then-CIA director George Tenet showed him detailed plans for a Pakistani centrifuge that the scientist had been selling that he realized the severity of what happened.

    Khan would confess on state television in 2004 and Musharraf would pardon him, though he'd be confined to house arrest after that.

    "For years, A.Q.'s lavish lifestyle and tales of his wealth, properties, corrupt practices and financial magnanimity at state expense were generally all too well known in Islamabad's social and government circles," Musharraf later wrote. "However, these were largely ignored. ... In hindsight that neglect was apparently a serious mistake."

    Musharraf's domestic support eventually eroded. He held flawed elections in late 2002 -- only after changing the constitution to give himself sweeping powers to sack the prime minister and parliament. He then reneged on a promise to stand down as army chief by the end of 2004.

    Militant anger toward Musharraf increased in 2007 when he ordered a raid against the Red Mosque in downtown Islamabad. It had become a sanctuary for militants opposed to Pakistan's support of the Afghan war. The weeklong operation killed over 100 people.

    The incident severely damaged Musharraf's reputation among everyday citizens and earned him the undying hatred of militants who launched a series of punishing attacks following the raid.

    Fearing the judiciary would block his continued rule, Musharraf fired the chief justice of Pakistan's Supreme Court. That triggered mass demonstrations.

    Under pressure at home and abroad to restore civilian rule, Musharraf stepped down as army chief. Though he won another five-year presidential term, Musharraf faced a major crisis following former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto's assassination in December 2007 at a campaign rally as she sought to become prime minister for the third time.

    The public suspected Musharraf's hand in the killing, which he denied. A later United Nations report acknowledged the Pakistani Taliban was a main suspect in her slaying but warned that elements of Pakistan's intelligence services may have been involved.

    Musharraf resigned as president in August 2008 after ruling coalition officials threatened to have him impeached for imposing emergency rule and firing judges.

    "I hope the nation and the people will forgive my mistakes," Musharraf, struggling with his emotions, said in an hourlong televised address.

    Afterward, he lived abroad in Dubai and London, attempting a political comeback in 2012. But Pakistan instead arrested the former general and put him under house arrest. He faced treason allegations over the Supreme Court debacle and other charges stemming from the Red Mosque raid and Bhutto's assassination.

    The image of Musharraf being treated as a criminal suspect shocked Pakistan, where military generals long have been considered above the law. Pakistan allowed him to leave the country on bail to Dubai in 2016 for medical treatment and he remained there after facing a later-overturned death sentence.

    But it suggested Pakistan may be ready to turn a corner in its history of military rule.

    "Musharraf's resignation is a sad yet familiar story of hubris, this time in a soldier who never became a good politician," wrote Patterson, the U.S. ambassador, at the time.

    "The good news is that the demonstrated strength of institutions that brought Musharraf down -- the media, free elections and civil society -- also provide some hope for Pakistan's future. It was these institutions that ironically became much stronger under his government."

    Associated Press writer Rebecca Santana contributed to this report. Gambrell reported from Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

    China may respond to the U.S. shooting down its suspected spy balloon after warning of 'serious repercussions,' but analysts say any move will likely be finely calibrated to keep from worsening ties that both sides have been seeking to repair.

    Canadian researchers are drawing attention to the increasing prevalence of 'a pathological pursuit of muscularity' among Canadian boys and young men, with a new study that found one in four were at risk of developing what's known as muscle dysmorphia.

    A former Israeli prime minister who served briefly as a mediator at the start of Russia's war with Ukraine says he drew a promise from the Russian president not to kill his Ukrainian counterpart.

    Canada has sent one of its military planes to Haiti to help the country cope with escalating violence.

    The U.S. military on Saturday shot down a suspected Chinese spy balloon off the Carolina coast after it traversed sensitive military sites across North America. China insisted the flyover was an accident involving a civilian aircraft and threatened repercussions.

    Justice Minister and Attorney General David Lametti says he is open to amending bail laws, which have come under increased scrutiny following the shooting death of an Ontario Provincial Police officer.

    An early study has shown keeping your gums and teeth healthy may have added benefits for your brain health.

    The federal defence Minister says Canada 'unequivocally supports' the United States government's decision to shoot down a high-altitude surveillance balloon that was suspected of spying for China, noting the balloon violated Canadian airspace.

    Ukraine's defence minister expressed confidence Sunday that Western allies would agree to the country's latest weapons request -- warplanes to fight off Russian forces that invaded nearly a year ago.

    Credit: ctvnews.ca. You can read the original article here.

  •  Want to discuss Please read our Commenting Policy first Gen Pervez Musharraf who seized power in a bloodless coup and later led a reluctant Pakistan into aiding the U S war in Afghanistan against the Taliban has died officials said Sunday He was 79 Musharraf a former special forces commando became president through the last of a string of military coups that roiled Pakistan since its founding amid the bloody 1947 partition of India He ruled the nuclear armed state after his 1999 coup through tensions with India an atomic proliferation scandal and an Islamic extremist insurgency He stepped down in 2008 while facing possible impeachment Later in life Musharraf lived in self imposed exile in Dubai to avoid criminal charges despite attempting a political comeback in 2012 But it wasn t to be as his poor health plagued his last years He maintained a soldier s fatalism after avoiding a violent death that always seemed to be stalking him as Islamic militants twice targeted him for assassination I have confronted death and defied it several times in the past because destiny and fate have always smiled on me Musharraf once wrote I only pray that I have more than the proverbial nine lives of a cat Musharraf s family announced in June 2022 that he had been hospitalized for weeks in Dubai while suffering from amyloidosis an incurable condition that sees proteins build up in the body s organs Going through a difficult stage where recovery is not possible and organs are malfunctioning the family said They later said he also needed access to the drug daratumumab which is used to treat multiple myeloma That bone marrow cancer can cause amyloidosis Shazia Siraj a spokeswoman for the Pakistani Consulate in Dubai confirmed his death and said diplomats were providing support to his family The Pakistani military also offered its condolences May Allah bless the departed soul and give strength to bereaved family a military statement said Pakistani Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif similarly offered his condolences in a short statement May God give his family the courage to bear this loss Sharif said Pakistan a nation nearly twice the size of California along the Arabian Sea is now home to 220 million people But it would be its border with Afghanistan that would soon draw the U S s attention and dominate Musharraf s life a little under two years after he seized power Al Qaida leader Osama bin Laden launched the Sept 11 2001 attacks from Afghanistan sheltered by the country s Taliban rulers Musharraf knew what would come next America was sure to react violently like a wounded bear he wrote in his autobiography If the perpetrator turned out to be al Qaida then that wounded bear would come charging straight toward us By Sept 12 then U S Secretary of State Colin Powell told Musharraf that Pakistan would either be with us or against us Musharraf said another American official threatened to bomb Pakistan back into the Stone Age if it chose the latter Musharraf chose the former A month later he stood by then President George W Bush at the Waldorf Astoria in New York to declare Pakistan s unwavering support to fight with the United States against terrorism in all its forms wherever it exists Pakistan became a crucial transit point for NATO supplies headed to landlocked Afghanistan That was the case even though Pakistan s powerful Inter Services Intelligence agency had backed the Taliban after it swept into power in Afghanistan in 1994 Prior to that the CIA and others funneled money and arms through the ISI to Islamic fighters battling the 1980s Soviet occupation of Afghanistan The U S led invasion of Afghanistan saw Taliban fighters flee over the border back into Pakistan including bin Laden whom the U S would kill in 2011 at a compound in Abbottabad They regrouped and the offshoot Pakistani Taliban emerged beginning a yearslong insurgency in the mountainous border region between Afghanistan and Pakistan The CIA began flying armed Predator drones from Pakistan with Musharraf s blessing using an airstrip built by the founding president of the United Arab Emirates for falconing in Pakistan s Balochistan province The program helped beat back the militants but saw over 400 strikes in Pakistan alone kill at least 2 366 people including 245 civilians according to the Washington based New America Foundation think tank Though Pakistan under Musharraf launched these operations the militants still thrived as billions of American dollars flowed into the nation That led to suspicion that still plagues the U S relationship with Pakistan After 9 11 then President Musharraf made a strategic shift to abandon the Taliban and support the U S in the war on terror but neither side believes the other has lived up to expectations flowing from that decision a 2009 U S cable from then Ambassador Anne Patterson published by WikiLeaks said describing what had become the diplomatic equivalent of a loveless marriage The relationship is one of co dependency we grudgingly admit Pakistan knows the U S cannot afford to walk away the U S knows Pakistan cannot survive without our support But it would be Musharraf s life on the line Militants tried to assassinate him twice in 2003 by targeting his convoy first with a bomb planted on a bridge and then with car bombs That second attack saw Musharraf s vehicle lifted into the air by the blast before touching the ground again It raced to safety on just its rims Musharraf pulling a Glock pistol in case he needed to fight his way out It wasn t until his wife Sehba saw the car covered in gore that the scale of the attack dawned on him She is always calm in the face of danger he recounted But then she was screaming uncontrollably hysterically Born Aug 11 1943 in New Delhi India Musharraf was the middle son of a diplomat His family joined millions of other Muslims in fleeing westward when predominantly Hindu India and Islamic Pakistan split during independence from Britain in 1947 The partition saw hundreds of thousands of people killed in riots and fighting Musharraf entered the Pakistani army at age 18 and made his career there as Islamabad fought three wars against India He d launch his own attempt at seizing territory in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir in 1999 just before seizing power from Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Sharif had ordered Musharraf s dismissal as the army chief flew home from a visit to Sri Lanka and denied his plane landing rights in Pakistan even as it ran low on fuel On the ground the army seized control and after he landed Musharraf took charge Yet as ruler Musharraf nearly reached a deal with India on Kashmir according to U S diplomats at the time He also worked toward a rapprochement with Pakistan s longtime rival Another major scandal emerged under his rule when the world discovered that famed Pakistani nuclear scientist A Q Khan long associated with the country s atomic bomb had been selling centrifuge designs and other secrets to countries including Iran Libya and North Korea making tens of millions of dollars Those designs helped Pyongyang to arm itself with a nuclear weapon while centrifuges from Khan s designs still spin in Iran amid the collapse of Tehran s nuclear deal with world powers Musharraf said he suspected Khan but it wasn t until 2003 when then CIA director George Tenet showed him detailed plans for a Pakistani centrifuge that the scientist had been selling that he realized the severity of what happened Khan would confess on state television in 2004 and Musharraf would pardon him though he d be confined to house arrest after that For years A Q s lavish lifestyle and tales of his wealth properties corrupt practices and financial magnanimity at state expense were generally all too well known in Islamabad s social and government circles Musharraf later wrote However these were largely ignored In hindsight that neglect was apparently a serious mistake Musharraf s domestic support eventually eroded He held flawed elections in late 2002 _ only after changing the constitution to give himself sweeping powers to sack the prime minister and parliament He then reneged on a promise to stand down as army chief by the end of 2004 Militant anger toward Musharraf increased in 2007 when he ordered a raid against the Red Mosque in downtown Islamabad It had become a sanctuary for militants opposed to Pakistan s support of the Afghan war The weeklong operation killed over 100 people The incident severely damaged Musharraf s reputation among everyday citizens and earned him the undying hatred of militants who launched a series of punishing attacks following the raid Fearing the judiciary would block his continued rule Musharraf fired the chief justice of Pakistan s Supreme Court That triggered mass demonstrations Under pressure at home and abroad to restore civilian rule Musharraf stepped down as army chief Though he won another five year presidential term Musharraf faced a major crisis following former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto s assassination in December 2007 at a campaign rally as she sought to become prime minister for the third time The public suspected Musharraf s hand in the killing which he denied A later United Nations report acknowledged the Pakistani Taliban was a main suspect in her slaying but warned that elements of Pakistan s intelligence services may have been involved Musharraf resigned as president in August 2008 after ruling coalition officials threatened to have him impeached for imposing emergency rule and firing judges I hope the nation and the people will forgive my mistakes Musharraf struggling with his emotions said in an hourlong televised address Afterward he lived abroad in Dubai and London attempting a political comeback in 2012 But Pakistan instead arrested the former general and put him under house arrest He faced treason allegations over the Supreme Court debacle and other charges stemming from the Red Mosque raid and Bhutto s assassination The image of Musharraf being treated as a criminal suspect shocked Pakistan where military generals long have been considered above the law Pakistan allowed him to leave the country on bail to Dubai in 2016 for medical treatment and he remained there after facing a later overturned death sentence But it suggested Pakistan may be ready to turn a corner in its history of military rule Musharraf s resignation is a sad yet familiar story of hubris this time in a soldier who never became a good politician wrote Patterson the U S ambassador at the time The good news is that the demonstrated strength of institutions that brought Musharraf down the media free elections and civil society also provide some hope for Pakistan s future It was these institutions that ironically became much stronger under his government Credit globalnews ca You can read the original article here
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     Want to discuss Please read our Commenting Policy first Gen Pervez Musharraf who seized power in a bloodless coup and later led a reluctant Pakistan into aiding the U S war in Afghanistan against the Taliban has died officials said Sunday He was 79 Musharraf a former special forces commando became president through the last of a string of military coups that roiled Pakistan since its founding amid the bloody 1947 partition of India He ruled the nuclear armed state after his 1999 coup through tensions with India an atomic proliferation scandal and an Islamic extremist insurgency He stepped down in 2008 while facing possible impeachment Later in life Musharraf lived in self imposed exile in Dubai to avoid criminal charges despite attempting a political comeback in 2012 But it wasn t to be as his poor health plagued his last years He maintained a soldier s fatalism after avoiding a violent death that always seemed to be stalking him as Islamic militants twice targeted him for assassination I have confronted death and defied it several times in the past because destiny and fate have always smiled on me Musharraf once wrote I only pray that I have more than the proverbial nine lives of a cat Musharraf s family announced in June 2022 that he had been hospitalized for weeks in Dubai while suffering from amyloidosis an incurable condition that sees proteins build up in the body s organs Going through a difficult stage where recovery is not possible and organs are malfunctioning the family said They later said he also needed access to the drug daratumumab which is used to treat multiple myeloma That bone marrow cancer can cause amyloidosis Shazia Siraj a spokeswoman for the Pakistani Consulate in Dubai confirmed his death and said diplomats were providing support to his family The Pakistani military also offered its condolences May Allah bless the departed soul and give strength to bereaved family a military statement said Pakistani Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif similarly offered his condolences in a short statement May God give his family the courage to bear this loss Sharif said Pakistan a nation nearly twice the size of California along the Arabian Sea is now home to 220 million people But it would be its border with Afghanistan that would soon draw the U S s attention and dominate Musharraf s life a little under two years after he seized power Al Qaida leader Osama bin Laden launched the Sept 11 2001 attacks from Afghanistan sheltered by the country s Taliban rulers Musharraf knew what would come next America was sure to react violently like a wounded bear he wrote in his autobiography If the perpetrator turned out to be al Qaida then that wounded bear would come charging straight toward us By Sept 12 then U S Secretary of State Colin Powell told Musharraf that Pakistan would either be with us or against us Musharraf said another American official threatened to bomb Pakistan back into the Stone Age if it chose the latter Musharraf chose the former A month later he stood by then President George W Bush at the Waldorf Astoria in New York to declare Pakistan s unwavering support to fight with the United States against terrorism in all its forms wherever it exists Pakistan became a crucial transit point for NATO supplies headed to landlocked Afghanistan That was the case even though Pakistan s powerful Inter Services Intelligence agency had backed the Taliban after it swept into power in Afghanistan in 1994 Prior to that the CIA and others funneled money and arms through the ISI to Islamic fighters battling the 1980s Soviet occupation of Afghanistan The U S led invasion of Afghanistan saw Taliban fighters flee over the border back into Pakistan including bin Laden whom the U S would kill in 2011 at a compound in Abbottabad They regrouped and the offshoot Pakistani Taliban emerged beginning a yearslong insurgency in the mountainous border region between Afghanistan and Pakistan The CIA began flying armed Predator drones from Pakistan with Musharraf s blessing using an airstrip built by the founding president of the United Arab Emirates for falconing in Pakistan s Balochistan province The program helped beat back the militants but saw over 400 strikes in Pakistan alone kill at least 2 366 people including 245 civilians according to the Washington based New America Foundation think tank Though Pakistan under Musharraf launched these operations the militants still thrived as billions of American dollars flowed into the nation That led to suspicion that still plagues the U S relationship with Pakistan After 9 11 then President Musharraf made a strategic shift to abandon the Taliban and support the U S in the war on terror but neither side believes the other has lived up to expectations flowing from that decision a 2009 U S cable from then Ambassador Anne Patterson published by WikiLeaks said describing what had become the diplomatic equivalent of a loveless marriage The relationship is one of co dependency we grudgingly admit Pakistan knows the U S cannot afford to walk away the U S knows Pakistan cannot survive without our support But it would be Musharraf s life on the line Militants tried to assassinate him twice in 2003 by targeting his convoy first with a bomb planted on a bridge and then with car bombs That second attack saw Musharraf s vehicle lifted into the air by the blast before touching the ground again It raced to safety on just its rims Musharraf pulling a Glock pistol in case he needed to fight his way out It wasn t until his wife Sehba saw the car covered in gore that the scale of the attack dawned on him She is always calm in the face of danger he recounted But then she was screaming uncontrollably hysterically Born Aug 11 1943 in New Delhi India Musharraf was the middle son of a diplomat His family joined millions of other Muslims in fleeing westward when predominantly Hindu India and Islamic Pakistan split during independence from Britain in 1947 The partition saw hundreds of thousands of people killed in riots and fighting Musharraf entered the Pakistani army at age 18 and made his career there as Islamabad fought three wars against India He d launch his own attempt at seizing territory in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir in 1999 just before seizing power from Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Sharif had ordered Musharraf s dismissal as the army chief flew home from a visit to Sri Lanka and denied his plane landing rights in Pakistan even as it ran low on fuel On the ground the army seized control and after he landed Musharraf took charge Yet as ruler Musharraf nearly reached a deal with India on Kashmir according to U S diplomats at the time He also worked toward a rapprochement with Pakistan s longtime rival Another major scandal emerged under his rule when the world discovered that famed Pakistani nuclear scientist A Q Khan long associated with the country s atomic bomb had been selling centrifuge designs and other secrets to countries including Iran Libya and North Korea making tens of millions of dollars Those designs helped Pyongyang to arm itself with a nuclear weapon while centrifuges from Khan s designs still spin in Iran amid the collapse of Tehran s nuclear deal with world powers Musharraf said he suspected Khan but it wasn t until 2003 when then CIA director George Tenet showed him detailed plans for a Pakistani centrifuge that the scientist had been selling that he realized the severity of what happened Khan would confess on state television in 2004 and Musharraf would pardon him though he d be confined to house arrest after that For years A Q s lavish lifestyle and tales of his wealth properties corrupt practices and financial magnanimity at state expense were generally all too well known in Islamabad s social and government circles Musharraf later wrote However these were largely ignored In hindsight that neglect was apparently a serious mistake Musharraf s domestic support eventually eroded He held flawed elections in late 2002 _ only after changing the constitution to give himself sweeping powers to sack the prime minister and parliament He then reneged on a promise to stand down as army chief by the end of 2004 Militant anger toward Musharraf increased in 2007 when he ordered a raid against the Red Mosque in downtown Islamabad It had become a sanctuary for militants opposed to Pakistan s support of the Afghan war The weeklong operation killed over 100 people The incident severely damaged Musharraf s reputation among everyday citizens and earned him the undying hatred of militants who launched a series of punishing attacks following the raid Fearing the judiciary would block his continued rule Musharraf fired the chief justice of Pakistan s Supreme Court That triggered mass demonstrations Under pressure at home and abroad to restore civilian rule Musharraf stepped down as army chief Though he won another five year presidential term Musharraf faced a major crisis following former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto s assassination in December 2007 at a campaign rally as she sought to become prime minister for the third time The public suspected Musharraf s hand in the killing which he denied A later United Nations report acknowledged the Pakistani Taliban was a main suspect in her slaying but warned that elements of Pakistan s intelligence services may have been involved Musharraf resigned as president in August 2008 after ruling coalition officials threatened to have him impeached for imposing emergency rule and firing judges I hope the nation and the people will forgive my mistakes Musharraf struggling with his emotions said in an hourlong televised address Afterward he lived abroad in Dubai and London attempting a political comeback in 2012 But Pakistan instead arrested the former general and put him under house arrest He faced treason allegations over the Supreme Court debacle and other charges stemming from the Red Mosque raid and Bhutto s assassination The image of Musharraf being treated as a criminal suspect shocked Pakistan where military generals long have been considered above the law Pakistan allowed him to leave the country on bail to Dubai in 2016 for medical treatment and he remained there after facing a later overturned death sentence But it suggested Pakistan may be ready to turn a corner in its history of military rule Musharraf s resignation is a sad yet familiar story of hubris this time in a soldier who never became a good politician wrote Patterson the U S ambassador at the time The good news is that the demonstrated strength of institutions that brought Musharraf down the media free elections and civil society also provide some hope for Pakistan s future It was these institutions that ironically became much stronger under his government Credit globalnews ca You can read the original article here
    Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan’s martial ruler who aided U.S. in 9/11 wars, dies
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    Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan’s martial ruler who aided U.S. in 9/11 wars, dies

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    Gen. Pervez Musharraf, who seized power in a bloodless coup and later led a reluctant Pakistan into aiding the U.S. war in Afghanistan against the Taliban, has died, officials said Sunday. He was 79.

    Musharraf, a former special forces commando, became president through the last of a string of military coups that roiled Pakistan since its founding amid the bloody 1947 partition of India. He ruled the nuclear-armed state after his 1999 coup through tensions with India, an atomic proliferation scandal and an Islamic extremist insurgency. He stepped down in 2008 while facing possible impeachment.

    Later in life, Musharraf lived in self-imposed exile in Dubai to avoid criminal charges, despite attempting a political comeback in 2012. But it wasn’t to be as his poor health plagued his last years. He maintained a soldier’s fatalism after avoiding a violent death that always seemed to be stalking him as Islamic militants twice targeted him for assassination.

    “I have confronted death and defied it several times in the past because destiny and fate have always smiled on me,” Musharraf once wrote. “I only pray that I have more than the proverbial nine lives of a cat.”

    Musharraf’s family announced in June 2022 that he had been hospitalized for weeks in Dubai while suffering from amyloidosis, an incurable condition that sees proteins build up in the body’s organs.

    “Going through a difficult stage where recovery is not possible and organs are malfunctioning,” the family said. They later said he also needed access to the drug daratumumab, which is used to treat multiple myeloma. That bone marrow cancer can cause amyloidosis.

    Shazia Siraj, a spokeswoman for the Pakistani Consulate in Dubai, confirmed his death and said diplomats were providing support to his family. The Pakistani military also offered its condolences.

    “May Allah bless the departed soul and give strength to bereaved family,” a military statement said.

    Pakistani Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif similarly offered his condolences in a short statement.

    “May God give his family the courage to bear this loss,” Sharif said.

    Pakistan, a nation nearly twice the size of California along the Arabian Sea, is now home to 220 million people. But it would be its border with Afghanistan that would soon draw the U.S.?s attention and dominate Musharraf’s life a little under two years after he seized power.

    Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden launched the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks from Afghanistan, sheltered by the country’s Taliban rulers. Musharraf knew what would come next.

    “America was sure to react violently, like a wounded bear,” he wrote in his autobiography. “If the perpetrator turned out to be al-Qaida, then that wounded bear would come charging straight toward us.”

    By Sept. 12, then-U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell told Musharraf that Pakistan would either be “with us or against us.” Musharraf said another American official threatened to bomb Pakistan ”back into the Stone Age” if it chose the latter.

    Musharraf chose the former. A month later, he stood by then-President George W. Bush at the Waldorf Astoria in New York to declare Pakistan’s unwavering support to fight with the United States against “terrorism in all its forms wherever it exists.”

    Pakistan became a crucial transit point for NATO supplies headed to landlocked Afghanistan. That was the case even though Pakistan’s powerful Inter-Services Intelligence agency had backed the Taliban after it swept into power in Afghanistan in 1994. Prior to that, the CIA and others funneled money and arms through the ISI to Islamic fighters battling the 1980s Soviet occupation of Afghanistan.

    The U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan saw Taliban fighters flee over the border back into Pakistan, including bin Laden, whom the U.S. would kill in 2011 at a compound in Abbottabad. They regrouped and the offshoot Pakistani Taliban emerged, beginning a yearslong insurgency in the mountainous border region between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

    The CIA began flying armed Predator drones from Pakistan with Musharraf’s blessing, using an airstrip built by the founding president of the United Arab Emirates for falconing in Pakistan’s Balochistan province. The program helped beat back the militants but saw over 400 strikes in Pakistan alone kill at least 2,366 people– including 245 civilians, according to the Washington-based New America Foundation think tank.

    Though Pakistan under Musharraf launched these operations, the militants still thrived as billions of American dollars flowed into the nation. That led to suspicion that still plagues the U.S. relationship with Pakistan.

    “After 9/11, then President Musharraf made a strategic shift to abandon the Taliban and support the U.S. in the war on terror, but neither side believes the other has lived up to expectations flowing from that decision,” a 2009 U.S. cable from then-Ambassador Anne Patterson published by WikiLeaks said, describing what had become the diplomatic equivalent of a loveless marriage.

    “The relationship is one of co-dependency we grudgingly admit– Pakistan knows the U.S. cannot afford to walk away; the U.S. knows Pakistan cannot survive without our support.”

    But it would be Musharraf’s life on the line. Militants tried to assassinate him twice in 2003 by targeting his convoy, first with a bomb planted on a bridge and then with car bombs. That second attack saw Musharraf’s vehicle lifted into the air by the blast before touching the ground again. It raced to safety on just its rims, Musharraf pulling a Glock pistol in case he needed to fight his way out.

    It wasn’t until his wife, Sehba, saw the car covered in gore that the scale of the attack dawned on him.

    “She is always calm in the face of danger,” he recounted. But then, “she was screaming uncontrollably, hysterically.”

    Born Aug. 11, 1943, in New Delhi, India, Musharraf was the middle son of a diplomat. His family joined millions of other Muslims in fleeing westward when predominantly Hindu India and Islamic Pakistan split during independence from Britain in 1947. The partition saw hundreds of thousands of people killed in riots and fighting.

    Musharraf entered the Pakistani army at age 18 and made his career there as Islamabad fought three wars against India. He’d launch his own attempt at seizing territory in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir in 1999 just before seizing power from Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

    Sharif had ordered Musharraf’s dismissal as the army chief flew home from a visit to Sri Lanka and denied his plane landing rights in Pakistan, even as it ran low on fuel. On the ground, the army seized control and after he landed Musharraf took charge.

    Yet as ruler, Musharraf nearly reached a deal with India on Kashmir, according to U.S. diplomats at the time. He also worked toward a rapprochement with Pakistan’s longtime rival.

    Another major scandal emerged under his rule when the world discovered that famed Pakistani nuclear scientist A.Q. Khan, long associated with the country’s atomic bomb, had been selling centrifuge designs and other secrets to countries including Iran, Libya and North Korea, making tens of millions of dollars. Those designs helped Pyongyang to arm itself with a nuclear weapon, while centrifuges from Khan’s designs still spin in Iran amid the collapse of Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers.

    Musharraf said he suspected Khan but it wasn’t until 2003 when then-CIA director George Tenet showed him detailed plans for a Pakistani centrifuge that the scientist had been selling that he realized the severity of what happened.

    Khan would confess on state television in 2004 and Musharraf would pardon him, though he’d be confined to house arrest after that.

    “For years, A.Q.’s lavish lifestyle and tales of his wealth, properties, corrupt practices and financial magnanimity at state expense were generally all too well known in Islamabad’s social and government circles,” Musharraf later wrote. “However, these were largely ignored. … In hindsight that neglect was apparently a serious mistake.”

    Musharraf’s domestic support eventually eroded. He held flawed elections in late 2002 _ only after changing the constitution to give himself sweeping powers to sack the prime minister and parliament. He then reneged on a promise to stand down as army chief by the end of 2004.

    Militant anger toward Musharraf increased in 2007 when he ordered a raid against the Red Mosque in downtown Islamabad. It had become a sanctuary for militants opposed to Pakistan’s support of the Afghan war. The weeklong operation killed over 100 people.

    The incident severely damaged Musharraf’s reputation among everyday citizens and earned him the undying hatred of militants who launched a series of punishing attacks following the raid.

    Fearing the judiciary would block his continued rule, Musharraf fired the chief justice of Pakistan’s Supreme Court. That triggered mass demonstrations.

    Under pressure at home and abroad to restore civilian rule, Musharraf stepped down as army chief. Though he won another five-year presidential term, Musharraf faced a major crisis following former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto’s assassination in December 2007 at a campaign rally as she sought to become prime minister for the third time.

    The public suspected Musharraf’s hand in the killing, which he denied. A later United Nations report acknowledged the Pakistani Taliban was a main suspect in her slaying but warned that elements of Pakistan’s intelligence services may have been involved.

    Musharraf resigned as president in August 2008 after ruling coalition officials threatened to have him impeached for imposing emergency rule and firing judges.

    “I hope the nation and the people will forgive my mistakes,” Musharraf, struggling with his emotions, said in an hourlong televised address.

    Afterward, he lived abroad in Dubai and London, attempting a political comeback in 2012. But Pakistan instead arrested the former general and put him under house arrest. He faced treason allegations over the Supreme Court debacle and other charges stemming from the Red Mosque raid and Bhutto’s assassination.

    The image of Musharraf being treated as a criminal suspect shocked Pakistan, where military generals long have been considered above the law. Pakistan allowed him to leave the country on bail to Dubai in 2016 for medical treatment and he remained there after facing a later-overturned death sentence.

    But it suggested Pakistan may be ready to turn a corner in its history of military rule.

    “Musharraf’s resignation is a sad yet familiar story of hubris, this time in a soldier who never became a good politician,” wrote Patterson, the U.S. ambassador, at the time.

    “The good news is that the demonstrated strength of institutions that brought Musharraf down –the media, free elections and civil society– also provide some hope for Pakistan’s future. It was these institutions that ironically became much stronger under his government.”

    Credit: globalnews.ca. You can read the original article here.

  •  We re sorry this feature is currently unavailable We re working to restore it Please try again later Islamabad Pervez Musharraf the four star general who ruled Pakistan for nearly a decade after seizing power in a bloodless coup in 1999 has died aged 79 Musharraf died in Dubai hospital following a long illness after spending years in self imposed exile Pakistan s military and the country s mission in the United Arab Emirates announced the death of the former army chief who was pushed from power in 2008 I can confirm that he passed away this morning Shazia Siraj spokesperson for Pakistan s consulate in Dubai and embassy in Abu Dhabi told Reuters The chiefs of Pakistan s army navy and air force expressed condolences on his death the public relations wing of the military said President Arif Alvi expressed condolences in a statement A special flight will be made to Dubai on Monday to return Musharraf s body back to Pakistan for burial local TV channel Geo News reported The former four star general who seized power in a bloodless coup in 1999 oversaw rapid economic growth and attempted to usher in socially liberal values in the conservative Muslim country Musharraf enjoyed strong support for many years with his greatest threat al Qaeda and other militant Islamists who tried to kill him at least three times But his heavy handed use of the military to quell dissent as well as his continued backing of the United States in its fight against al Qaeda and the Afghan Taliban ultimately led to his downfall In his early years in government Musharraf won plaudits internationally for his reformist efforts pushing through legislation to protect the rights of women and allowing private news channels to operate for the first time His penchant for cigars and imported whisky and his calls for Muslims to adopt a lifestyle of enlightened moderation increased his appeal in the West in the aftermath of the September 11 2001 attacks in the United States He became one of Washington s most important allies after the attacks allowing US forces to operate armed drones from secret bases on Pakistani soil that killed thousands and ordering domestic troops into the country s lawless tribal areas along the Afghanistan frontier for the first time Pakistan s history That helped legitimise his rule overseas but also helped plunge Pakistan into a bloody war against local extremist militant groups Later in 2007 a suicide attack that assassinated opposition leader Benazir Bhutto triggered waves of violence His efforts to strong arm the judiciary also led to protests and a besieged Musharraf postponed elections and declared a state of emergency In 2008 the country s first democratic elections in 11 years were held Musharraf s party lost and facing impeachment by parliament he resigned the presidency and fled to London He returned to Pakistan in 2013 to run for a seat in parliament but was immediately disqualified He was allowed to leave for Dubai in 2016 In 2019 a court sentenced him to death in absentia for the 2007 imposition of emergency rule but the verdict was later overturned Credit smh com au You can read the original article here
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     We re sorry this feature is currently unavailable We re working to restore it Please try again later Islamabad Pervez Musharraf the four star general who ruled Pakistan for nearly a decade after seizing power in a bloodless coup in 1999 has died aged 79 Musharraf died in Dubai hospital following a long illness after spending years in self imposed exile Pakistan s military and the country s mission in the United Arab Emirates announced the death of the former army chief who was pushed from power in 2008 I can confirm that he passed away this morning Shazia Siraj spokesperson for Pakistan s consulate in Dubai and embassy in Abu Dhabi told Reuters The chiefs of Pakistan s army navy and air force expressed condolences on his death the public relations wing of the military said President Arif Alvi expressed condolences in a statement A special flight will be made to Dubai on Monday to return Musharraf s body back to Pakistan for burial local TV channel Geo News reported The former four star general who seized power in a bloodless coup in 1999 oversaw rapid economic growth and attempted to usher in socially liberal values in the conservative Muslim country Musharraf enjoyed strong support for many years with his greatest threat al Qaeda and other militant Islamists who tried to kill him at least three times But his heavy handed use of the military to quell dissent as well as his continued backing of the United States in its fight against al Qaeda and the Afghan Taliban ultimately led to his downfall In his early years in government Musharraf won plaudits internationally for his reformist efforts pushing through legislation to protect the rights of women and allowing private news channels to operate for the first time His penchant for cigars and imported whisky and his calls for Muslims to adopt a lifestyle of enlightened moderation increased his appeal in the West in the aftermath of the September 11 2001 attacks in the United States He became one of Washington s most important allies after the attacks allowing US forces to operate armed drones from secret bases on Pakistani soil that killed thousands and ordering domestic troops into the country s lawless tribal areas along the Afghanistan frontier for the first time Pakistan s history That helped legitimise his rule overseas but also helped plunge Pakistan into a bloody war against local extremist militant groups Later in 2007 a suicide attack that assassinated opposition leader Benazir Bhutto triggered waves of violence His efforts to strong arm the judiciary also led to protests and a besieged Musharraf postponed elections and declared a state of emergency In 2008 the country s first democratic elections in 11 years were held Musharraf s party lost and facing impeachment by parliament he resigned the presidency and fled to London He returned to Pakistan in 2013 to run for a seat in parliament but was immediately disqualified He was allowed to leave for Dubai in 2016 In 2019 a court sentenced him to death in absentia for the 2007 imposition of emergency rule but the verdict was later overturned Credit smh com au You can read the original article here
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    Islamabad: Pervez Musharraf, the four-star general who ruled Pakistan for nearly a decade after seizing power in a bloodless coup in 1999, has died aged 79.

    Musharraf died in Dubai hospital following a long illness after spending years in self-imposed exile.

    Pakistan’s military and the country’s mission in the United Arab Emirates announced the death of the former army chief, who was pushed from power in 2008.

    “I can confirm that he passed away this morning,” Shazia Siraj, spokesperson for Pakistan’s consulate in Dubai and embassy in Abu Dhabi, told Reuters.

    The chiefs of Pakistan’s army, navy and air force expressed condolences on his death, the public relations wing of the military said.

    President Arif Alvi expressed condolences in a statement.

    A special flight will be made to Dubai on Monday to return Musharraf’s body back to Pakistan for burial, local TV channel Geo News reported.

    The former four-star general, who seized power in a bloodless coup in 1999, oversaw rapid economic growth and attempted to usher in socially liberal values in the conservative Muslim country.

    Musharraf enjoyed strong support for many years, with his greatest threat al-Qaeda and other militant Islamists who tried to kill him at least three times.

    But his heavy-handed use of the military to quell dissent as well as his continued backing of the United States in its fight against al-Qaeda and the Afghan Taliban ultimately led to his downfall.

    In his early years in government, Musharraf won plaudits internationally for his reformist efforts, pushing through legislation to protect the rights of women and allowing private news channels to operate for the first time.

    His penchant for cigars and imported whisky and his calls for Muslims to adopt a lifestyle of “enlightened moderation” increased his appeal in the West in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States.

    He became one of Washington’s most important allies after the attacks, allowing US forces to operate armed drones from secret bases on Pakistani soil that killed thousands and ordering domestic troops into the country’s lawless tribal areas along the Afghanistan frontier for the first time Pakistan’s history.

    That helped legitimise his rule overseas but also helped plunge Pakistan into a bloody war against local extremist militant groups.

    Later in 2007, a suicide attack that assassinated opposition leader Benazir Bhutto, triggered waves of violence. His efforts to strong-arm the judiciary also led to protests and a besieged Musharraf postponed elections and declared a state of emergency.

    In 2008, the country’s first democratic elections in 11 years were held. Musharraf’s party lost and facing impeachment by parliament, he resigned the presidency and fled to London.

    He returned to Pakistan in 2013 to run for a seat in parliament but was immediately disqualified. He was allowed to leave for Dubai in 2016.

    In 2019, a court sentenced him to death in absentia for the 2007 imposition of emergency rule, but the verdict was later overturned.

    Credit: smh.com.au. You can read the original article here.

  •  Pakistan s former military ruler Pervez Musharraf has died in Dubai aged 79 after a long illness Pakistan s army says Senior military chiefs express heartfelt condolences on sad demise of General Pervez Musharraf a brief statement released by the military s media wing said May Allah bless the departed soul and give strength to bereaved family The four star general died in hospital in Dubai on Sunday morning according to media reports and a senior security official who spoke to AFP I can confirm that the late general breathed his last in Dubai this morning He is no more the official who asked not to be named told AFP Mr Musharraf seized power in 1999 in a bloodless coup after then prime minister Nawaz Sharif tried to dismiss him as army chief having appointed him above more senior officers a year earlier In more than seven years in office he oversaw a stint of economic growth while dodging at least three assassination attempts Mr Musharraf won a five year term as president in a 2002 referendum but reneged on promises to quit as army chief until late 2007 His easygoing charm also failed to mask the blurring of the division between the state and the army and he fell out of favour after trying to sack the chief justice After the December 2007 assassination of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto the national mood soured even more and crushing losses suffered by his allies in 2008 elections left him isolated Mr Musharraf s plan to return to power in 2013 was dashed when he was disqualified from running in an election won by Nawaz Sharif the man he deposed in 1999 In 2016 a travel ban was lifted and Mr Musharraf flew to Dubai to seek medical treatment Three years later he was sentenced to death in absentia for treason related to his 2007 decision to impose emergency rule However a court later nullified the ruling Credit abc net au You can read the original article here
    Pakistan’s last military ruler Pervez Musharraf dies aged 79
     Pakistan s former military ruler Pervez Musharraf has died in Dubai aged 79 after a long illness Pakistan s army says Senior military chiefs express heartfelt condolences on sad demise of General Pervez Musharraf a brief statement released by the military s media wing said May Allah bless the departed soul and give strength to bereaved family The four star general died in hospital in Dubai on Sunday morning according to media reports and a senior security official who spoke to AFP I can confirm that the late general breathed his last in Dubai this morning He is no more the official who asked not to be named told AFP Mr Musharraf seized power in 1999 in a bloodless coup after then prime minister Nawaz Sharif tried to dismiss him as army chief having appointed him above more senior officers a year earlier In more than seven years in office he oversaw a stint of economic growth while dodging at least three assassination attempts Mr Musharraf won a five year term as president in a 2002 referendum but reneged on promises to quit as army chief until late 2007 His easygoing charm also failed to mask the blurring of the division between the state and the army and he fell out of favour after trying to sack the chief justice After the December 2007 assassination of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto the national mood soured even more and crushing losses suffered by his allies in 2008 elections left him isolated Mr Musharraf s plan to return to power in 2013 was dashed when he was disqualified from running in an election won by Nawaz Sharif the man he deposed in 1999 In 2016 a travel ban was lifted and Mr Musharraf flew to Dubai to seek medical treatment Three years later he was sentenced to death in absentia for treason related to his 2007 decision to impose emergency rule However a court later nullified the ruling Credit abc net au You can read the original article here
    Pakistan’s last military ruler Pervez Musharraf dies aged 79
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    Pakistan’s last military ruler Pervez Musharraf dies aged 79

    Pakistan's former military ruler Pervez Musharraf has died in Dubai aged 79 after a long illness, Pakistan's army says.

    Senior military chiefs "express heartfelt condolences on sad demise of General Pervez Musharraf", a brief statement released by the military's media wing said. "May Allah bless the departed soul and give strength to bereaved family."

    The four-star general died in hospital in Dubai on Sunday morning, according to media reports and a senior security official who spoke to AFP.

    "I can confirm that the late general breathed his last in Dubai this morning … He is no more," the official, who asked not to be named, told AFP.

    Mr Musharraf seized power in 1999 in a bloodless coup after then-prime minister Nawaz Sharif tried to dismiss him as army chief, having appointed him above more senior officers a year earlier.

    In more than seven years in office, he oversaw a stint of economic growth while dodging at least three assassination attempts.

    Mr Musharraf won a five-year term as president in a 2002 referendum, but reneged on promises to quit as army chief until late 2007.

    His easygoing charm also failed to mask the blurring of the division between the state and the army, and he fell out of favour after trying to sack the chief justice.

    After the December 2007 assassination of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto, the national mood soured even more and crushing losses suffered by his allies in 2008 elections left him isolated.

    Mr Musharraf's plan to return to power in 2013 was dashed when he was disqualified from running in an election won by Nawaz Sharif — the man he deposed in 1999.

    In 2016 a travel ban was lifted and Mr Musharraf flew to Dubai to seek medical treatment.

    Three years later, he was sentenced to death in absentia for treason, related to his 2007 decision to impose emergency rule.

    However, a court later nullified the ruling.

    Credit: abc.net.au. You can read the original article here.

  •  FILE Pakistani President Gen Pervez Musharraf addresses the U N General Assembly on Nov 10 2001 at the United Nations headquarters in New York An official said Sunday Feb 5 2023 Gen Pervez Musharraf Pakistan military ruler who backed US war in Afghanistan after 9 11 has died ISLAMABAD Pakistan Pervez Musharraf who was Pakistan s military ruler for nearly a decade has died in Dubai after a long illness The 79 year old old four star general was a key ally in the U S led war on terror and a controversial figure at home Pakistan s military immediately issued a statement of condolences as did many politicians who remained steadfastly loyal to Musharraf despite his rise to power in a military coup in October 1999 when he overthrew an elected prime minister Nawaz Sharif Musharraf s time in power was shaped by the 9 11 attacks and their aftermath The attacks were masterminded by al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden who the Taliban were sheltering in Afghanistan a country that shares a long border with Pakistan America was sure to react violently like a wounded bear he wrote in his autobiography If the perpetrator turned out to be al Qaida then that wounded bear would come charging straight toward us The following day the then U S Secretary of State Colin Powell told Musharraf that Pakistan would either be with us or against us while Musharraf alleged that another American official whom he did not name threatened to bomb Pakistan back into the Stone Age if it chose the latter according to the Associated Press Musharraf joined the American War on Terror that was initiated after 9 11 For a brief period America and Pakistan became very closely aligned says Omar Waraich who covered the final years of Musharraf s rule for Time Magazine At the time there was a very good relationship that actually worked very well between the two intelligence agencies They picked up lots and lots of Al Qaida leaders and they picked up lots of other people who ended up in Guantanamo Bay FILE Then U S President Bush right shakes hands with then Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf at a news conference at New York s Waldorf Astoria Hotel on Nov 10 2001 Pakistan was used as transit for NATO and U S forces in Afghanistan And Musharraf tolerated attacks launched by U S forces against suspected militants in Pakistan s rugged border areas That didn t stop him from playing what some in Washington called a double game says Madiha Afzal a foreign policy fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington cooperating with the US on counter terrorism while allowing the Taliban to have sanctuary in Pakistan She says Pakistan led by Musharraf essentially hedged its bets looking to a future where the US would depart the region Pakistan was also hoping that friendly relations with the Taliban would provide it with a buffer against its neighbor and rival India Even so Musharraf also tried to make peace with India nearly reaching a deal over the disputed territory of Kashmir the AP reported In an interview with NPR in 2015 Musharraf tried to explain Pakistan s thinking on the Taliban that it wanted to counter India s influence in Afghanistan Obviously Pakistan starts looking for elements who would support Pakistan who would play our game The Taliban swept to power in Afghanistan in August 2021 and Afzal says that was partly a result of Musharraf s policies The fact that the Taliban had sanctuary in Pakistan Musharraf was the one who began that policy That has left another legacy the deep mistrust that exists between Washington and Islamabad until today as a result of that so called double game Musharraf also grappled with another scandal under his rule when it was revealed that a famed Pakistani nuclear scientist A Q Khan was selling centrifuge designs and other secrets to countries including Iran Libya and North Korea Those designs helped Pyongyang to arm itself with a nuclear weapon while centrifuges from Khan s designs still spin in Iran Musharraf also became a controversial figure at home His troubles came to a head in 2007 Pakistan was grappling with growing extremism including a local offshoot of the Taliban seizing power of the scenic Swat Valley about six hours drive from the capital Islamabad Militants then seized control of a radical mosque in the heart of the capital just a short distance from Pakistan s notoriously powerful military intelligence wing known as the ISI He was accused of complicity in the assassination of former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto And the trigger for his downfall was when he sacked chief justice Pakistan s Supreme Court That ultimately fermented a movement for the restoration of democracy Amid nation wide protests Musharraf doubled down Waraich recalls He imposed an emergency And he banned journalists He arrested opposition politicians Finally in 2008 Musharraf stepped down He was later charged with treason for imposing emergency rule and fled Pakistan in 2016 spending his final years in exile He tried a comeback in 2012 which failed While in exile his former political party announced he was diagnosed with a rare disease amyloidosis Pervez Musharraf was born in New Delhi India in 1943 the son of a diplomat He fled with other Muslims to the new state of Pakistan during after partition in 1947 He joined the army at 18 and made a career there during Pakistan s three wars with India Just before taking office in 1999 Musharraf made his own attempt to seize part of the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir Despite the upheaval surrounding Musharraf s years in power he has his defenders The economy grew during his leadership while the country was seen as strategically important Musharraf a former special forces commando was the last military dictator to rule Pakistan But the military remains Pakatan s most powerful institution and critics say its generals still hold enormous sway over civilian governments although it is now thinly veiled Credit npr org You can read the original article here
    Ex-Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf, who aided U.S. war in Afghanistan, has died
     FILE Pakistani President Gen Pervez Musharraf addresses the U N General Assembly on Nov 10 2001 at the United Nations headquarters in New York An official said Sunday Feb 5 2023 Gen Pervez Musharraf Pakistan military ruler who backed US war in Afghanistan after 9 11 has died ISLAMABAD Pakistan Pervez Musharraf who was Pakistan s military ruler for nearly a decade has died in Dubai after a long illness The 79 year old old four star general was a key ally in the U S led war on terror and a controversial figure at home Pakistan s military immediately issued a statement of condolences as did many politicians who remained steadfastly loyal to Musharraf despite his rise to power in a military coup in October 1999 when he overthrew an elected prime minister Nawaz Sharif Musharraf s time in power was shaped by the 9 11 attacks and their aftermath The attacks were masterminded by al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden who the Taliban were sheltering in Afghanistan a country that shares a long border with Pakistan America was sure to react violently like a wounded bear he wrote in his autobiography If the perpetrator turned out to be al Qaida then that wounded bear would come charging straight toward us The following day the then U S Secretary of State Colin Powell told Musharraf that Pakistan would either be with us or against us while Musharraf alleged that another American official whom he did not name threatened to bomb Pakistan back into the Stone Age if it chose the latter according to the Associated Press Musharraf joined the American War on Terror that was initiated after 9 11 For a brief period America and Pakistan became very closely aligned says Omar Waraich who covered the final years of Musharraf s rule for Time Magazine At the time there was a very good relationship that actually worked very well between the two intelligence agencies They picked up lots and lots of Al Qaida leaders and they picked up lots of other people who ended up in Guantanamo Bay FILE Then U S President Bush right shakes hands with then Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf at a news conference at New York s Waldorf Astoria Hotel on Nov 10 2001 Pakistan was used as transit for NATO and U S forces in Afghanistan And Musharraf tolerated attacks launched by U S forces against suspected militants in Pakistan s rugged border areas That didn t stop him from playing what some in Washington called a double game says Madiha Afzal a foreign policy fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington cooperating with the US on counter terrorism while allowing the Taliban to have sanctuary in Pakistan She says Pakistan led by Musharraf essentially hedged its bets looking to a future where the US would depart the region Pakistan was also hoping that friendly relations with the Taliban would provide it with a buffer against its neighbor and rival India Even so Musharraf also tried to make peace with India nearly reaching a deal over the disputed territory of Kashmir the AP reported In an interview with NPR in 2015 Musharraf tried to explain Pakistan s thinking on the Taliban that it wanted to counter India s influence in Afghanistan Obviously Pakistan starts looking for elements who would support Pakistan who would play our game The Taliban swept to power in Afghanistan in August 2021 and Afzal says that was partly a result of Musharraf s policies The fact that the Taliban had sanctuary in Pakistan Musharraf was the one who began that policy That has left another legacy the deep mistrust that exists between Washington and Islamabad until today as a result of that so called double game Musharraf also grappled with another scandal under his rule when it was revealed that a famed Pakistani nuclear scientist A Q Khan was selling centrifuge designs and other secrets to countries including Iran Libya and North Korea Those designs helped Pyongyang to arm itself with a nuclear weapon while centrifuges from Khan s designs still spin in Iran Musharraf also became a controversial figure at home His troubles came to a head in 2007 Pakistan was grappling with growing extremism including a local offshoot of the Taliban seizing power of the scenic Swat Valley about six hours drive from the capital Islamabad Militants then seized control of a radical mosque in the heart of the capital just a short distance from Pakistan s notoriously powerful military intelligence wing known as the ISI He was accused of complicity in the assassination of former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto And the trigger for his downfall was when he sacked chief justice Pakistan s Supreme Court That ultimately fermented a movement for the restoration of democracy Amid nation wide protests Musharraf doubled down Waraich recalls He imposed an emergency And he banned journalists He arrested opposition politicians Finally in 2008 Musharraf stepped down He was later charged with treason for imposing emergency rule and fled Pakistan in 2016 spending his final years in exile He tried a comeback in 2012 which failed While in exile his former political party announced he was diagnosed with a rare disease amyloidosis Pervez Musharraf was born in New Delhi India in 1943 the son of a diplomat He fled with other Muslims to the new state of Pakistan during after partition in 1947 He joined the army at 18 and made a career there during Pakistan s three wars with India Just before taking office in 1999 Musharraf made his own attempt to seize part of the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir Despite the upheaval surrounding Musharraf s years in power he has his defenders The economy grew during his leadership while the country was seen as strategically important Musharraf a former special forces commando was the last military dictator to rule Pakistan But the military remains Pakatan s most powerful institution and critics say its generals still hold enormous sway over civilian governments although it is now thinly veiled Credit npr org You can read the original article here
    Ex-Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf, who aided U.S. war in Afghanistan, has died
    Foreign17 hours ago

    Ex-Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf, who aided U.S. war in Afghanistan, has died

    FILE - Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf addresses the U.N. General Assembly on Nov. 10, 2001, at the United Nations headquarters in New York. An official said Sunday, Feb. 5, 2023, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan military ruler who backed US war in Afghanistan after 9/11, has died.

    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – Pervez Musharraf, who was Pakistan's military ruler for nearly a decade, has died in Dubai after a long illness. The 79-year-old old four-star general was a key ally in the U.S.-led war on terror, and a controversial figure at home.

    Pakistan's military immediately issued a statement of condolences, as did many politicians, who remained steadfastly loyal to Musharraf despite his rise to power in a military coup in October 1999, when he overthrew an elected prime minister, Nawaz Sharif.

    Musharraf's time in power was shaped by the 9/11 attacks and their aftermath. The attacks were masterminded by al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden, who the Taliban were sheltering in Afghanistan, a country that shares a long border with Pakistan.

    "America was sure to react violently, like a wounded bear," he wrote in his autobiography. "If the perpetrator turned out to be al-Qaida, then that wounded bear would come charging straight toward us."

    The following day, the then-U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell told Musharraf that Pakistan would either be "with us or against us" while Musharraf alleged that another American official, whom he did not name, threatened to bomb Pakistan "back into the Stone Age" if it chose the latter, according to the Associated Press.

    Musharraf joined the American War on Terror that was initiated after 9/11.

    For a brief period, America and Pakistan became very closely aligned, says Omar Waraich who covered the final years of Musharraf's rule for Time Magazine. At the time, "there was a very good relationship that actually worked very well between the two intelligence agencies. They picked up lots and lots of Al Qaida leaders and they picked up lots of other people who ended up in Guantanamo Bay."

    FILE - Then U.S. President Bush, right, shakes hands with then Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf at a news conference at New York's Waldorf - Astoria Hotel, on Nov. 10, 2001.

    Pakistan was used as transit for NATO and U.S. forces in Afghanistan. And Musharraf tolerated attacks launched by U.S. forces against suspected militants in Pakistan's rugged border areas.

    That didn't stop him from playing what some in Washington called a double game, says Madiha Afzal, a foreign policy fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, "cooperating with the US on counter terrorism, while allowing the Taliban to have sanctuary in Pakistan."

    She says Pakistan led by Musharraf essentially hedged its bets – looking to a future where the US would depart the region. Pakistan was also hoping that friendly relations with the Taliban would provide it with a buffer against its neighbor and rival, India. Even so, Musharraf also tried to make peace with India, nearly reaching a deal over the disputed territory of Kashmir, the AP reported.

    In an interview with NPR in 2015, Musharraf tried to explain Pakistan's thinking on the Taliban: that it wanted to counter India's influence in Afghanistan. "Obviously, Pakistan starts looking for elements who would support Pakistan, who would play our game."

    The Taliban swept to power in Afghanistan in August 2021, and Afzal says that was partly a result of Musharraf's policies. "The fact that the Taliban had sanctuary in Pakistan... Musharraf was the one who began that policy."

    That has left another legacy: the deep mistrust that exists between Washington and Islamabad until today as a result of that so-called "double game."

    Musharraf also grappled with another scandal under his rule, when it was revealed that a famed Pakistani nuclear scientist, A.Q. Khan, was selling centrifuge designs and other secrets to countries including Iran, Libya and North Korea. Those designs helped Pyongyang to arm itself with a nuclear weapon, while centrifuges from Khan's designs still spin in Iran.

    Musharraf also became a controversial figure at home. His troubles came to a head in 2007. Pakistan was grappling with growing extremism, including a local offshoot of the Taliban seizing power of the scenic Swat Valley, about six hours drive from the capital, Islamabad. Militants then seized control of a radical mosque in the heart of the capital – just a short distance from Pakistan's notoriously powerful military intelligence wing, known as the ISI.

    He was accused of complicity in the assassination of former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto. And the trigger for his downfall was when he sacked chief justice Pakistan's Supreme Court. That ultimately fermented a movement for the restoration of democracy.

    Amid nation-wide protests, Musharraf "doubled down," Waraich recalls. "He imposed an emergency. And he banned journalists. He arrested opposition politicians."

    Finally, in 2008, Musharraf stepped down. He was later charged with treason for imposing emergency rule, and fled Pakistan in 2016, spending his final years in exile. He tried a comeback in 2012, which failed. While in exile, his former political party announced he was diagnosed with a rare disease, amyloidosis.

    Pervez Musharraf was born in New Delhi, India, in 1943, the son of a diplomat. He fled with other Muslims to the new state of Pakistan during after partition in 1947. He joined the army at 18 and made a career there during Pakistan's three wars with India. Just before taking office in 1999, Musharraf made his own attempt to seize part of the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir.

    Despite the upheaval surrounding Musharraf's years in power, he has his defenders. The economy grew during his leadership, while the country was seen as strategically important. Musharraf, a former special forces commando, was the last military dictator to rule Pakistan.

    But the military remains Pakatan's most powerful institution, and critics say its generals still hold enormous sway over civilian governments – although it is now thinly veiled.

    Credit: npr.org. You can read the original article here.

  •  Pakistan s former president General Pervez Musharraf who seized power in a coup in 1999 has died aged 79 The former leader who was president between 2001 and 2008 died in Dubai after a long illness a statement from the country s army said He had survived numerous assassination attempts and found himself on the front line of the struggle between militant Islamists and the West He supported the US war on terror after 9 11 despite domestic opposition In 2008 he suffered defeat in the polls and left the country six months later When he returned in 2013 to try to contest the election he was arrested and barred from standing He was charged with high treason and was sentenced to death in absentia only for the decision to be overturned less than a month later He left Pakistan for Dubai in 2016 to seek medical treatment and had been living in exile in the country ever since Musharraf died in hospital on Sunday morning His body will be flown back from the United Arab Emirates to Pakistan on a special flight after his family submitted an application to do so local TV channel Geo News reports In the statement Pakistan s military expressed its heartfelt condolences and added May Allah bless the departed soul and give strength to bereaved family Pakistan s President Arif Alvi prayed for eternal rest of the departed soul and courage to the bereaved family to bear this loss Pakistan s Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif also expressed his condolences as did the country s military leaders Musharraf s rule was characterised by extremes He was credited by some with turning around the economic fortunes of the country while leader He was embroiled in a number of court cases following his loss of power including accusations of failing to provide adequate security for former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto whose assassination by the Taliban in 2007 shocked Pakistan and the world And his career ultimately ended in disgrace and arrest when he was sentenced to death in absentia for treason in 2019 Though that sentencing was later reversed he never returned to Pakistan Despite these events Fawad Chaudhury a former aide of Musharraf and currently a senior leader of former Prime Minister Imran Khan s party praised Musharraf and the influence he had on Pakistan He is called a military dictator but there has never been a stronger democratic system than that under him Pervez Musharraf led Pakistan at a very difficult time and Pakistanis believe the era of his reign was one of the best in Pakistan s history Mr Chaudhury said in comments cited by Reuters However the CEO of Islamabad based think tank Tabadlab Mosharraf Zaidi said Musharraf was responsible for the destruction of Pakistan during his rule His time in power also divided opinion in India Musharraf s involvement while serving as the leader of the country s army in the Kargil conflict in May 1999 when Pakistani generals secretly ordered an operation to occupy heights in Kargil on the Indian side caused many in India to view him as an adversary But in one Indian politician s eyes Musharraf redeemed himself during his presidency Once an implacable foe of India he became a real force for peace 2002 2007 Shashi Tharoor a former UN diplomat said Mr Tharoor said he met Musharraf annually in those years at the UN and described him as smart engaging and clear in his strategic thinking Credit bbc com You can read the original article here
    Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan’s ex-president, dies aged 79
     Pakistan s former president General Pervez Musharraf who seized power in a coup in 1999 has died aged 79 The former leader who was president between 2001 and 2008 died in Dubai after a long illness a statement from the country s army said He had survived numerous assassination attempts and found himself on the front line of the struggle between militant Islamists and the West He supported the US war on terror after 9 11 despite domestic opposition In 2008 he suffered defeat in the polls and left the country six months later When he returned in 2013 to try to contest the election he was arrested and barred from standing He was charged with high treason and was sentenced to death in absentia only for the decision to be overturned less than a month later He left Pakistan for Dubai in 2016 to seek medical treatment and had been living in exile in the country ever since Musharraf died in hospital on Sunday morning His body will be flown back from the United Arab Emirates to Pakistan on a special flight after his family submitted an application to do so local TV channel Geo News reports In the statement Pakistan s military expressed its heartfelt condolences and added May Allah bless the departed soul and give strength to bereaved family Pakistan s President Arif Alvi prayed for eternal rest of the departed soul and courage to the bereaved family to bear this loss Pakistan s Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif also expressed his condolences as did the country s military leaders Musharraf s rule was characterised by extremes He was credited by some with turning around the economic fortunes of the country while leader He was embroiled in a number of court cases following his loss of power including accusations of failing to provide adequate security for former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto whose assassination by the Taliban in 2007 shocked Pakistan and the world And his career ultimately ended in disgrace and arrest when he was sentenced to death in absentia for treason in 2019 Though that sentencing was later reversed he never returned to Pakistan Despite these events Fawad Chaudhury a former aide of Musharraf and currently a senior leader of former Prime Minister Imran Khan s party praised Musharraf and the influence he had on Pakistan He is called a military dictator but there has never been a stronger democratic system than that under him Pervez Musharraf led Pakistan at a very difficult time and Pakistanis believe the era of his reign was one of the best in Pakistan s history Mr Chaudhury said in comments cited by Reuters However the CEO of Islamabad based think tank Tabadlab Mosharraf Zaidi said Musharraf was responsible for the destruction of Pakistan during his rule His time in power also divided opinion in India Musharraf s involvement while serving as the leader of the country s army in the Kargil conflict in May 1999 when Pakistani generals secretly ordered an operation to occupy heights in Kargil on the Indian side caused many in India to view him as an adversary But in one Indian politician s eyes Musharraf redeemed himself during his presidency Once an implacable foe of India he became a real force for peace 2002 2007 Shashi Tharoor a former UN diplomat said Mr Tharoor said he met Musharraf annually in those years at the UN and described him as smart engaging and clear in his strategic thinking Credit bbc com You can read the original article here
    Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan’s ex-president, dies aged 79
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    Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan’s ex-president, dies aged 79

    Pakistan's former president General Pervez Musharraf, who seized power in a coup in 1999, has died aged 79.

    The former leader - who was president between 2001 and 2008 - died in Dubai after a long illness, a statement from the country's army said.

    He had survived numerous assassination attempts, and found himself on the front line of the struggle between militant Islamists and the West.

    He supported the US "war on terror" after 9/11 despite domestic opposition.

    In 2008 he suffered defeat in the polls and left the country six months later.

    When he returned in 2013 to try to contest the election, he was arrested and barred from standing. He was charged with high treason and was sentenced to death in absentia only for the decision to be overturned less than a month later.

    He left Pakistan for Dubai in 2016 to seek medical treatment and had been living in exile in the country ever since.

    Musharraf died in hospital on Sunday morning. His body will be flown back from the United Arab Emirates to Pakistan on a special flight after his family submitted an application to do so, local TV channel Geo News reports.

    In the statement Pakistan's military expressed its "heartfelt condolences" and added: "May Allah bless the departed soul and give strength to bereaved family."

    Pakistan's President Arif Alvi prayed "for eternal rest of the departed soul and courage to the bereaved family to bear this loss."

    Pakistan's Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif also expressed his condolences, as did the country's military leaders.

    Musharraf's rule was characterised by extremes. He was credited by some with turning around the economic fortunes of the country while leader.

    He was embroiled in a number of court cases following his loss of power, including accusations of failing to provide adequate security for former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, whose assassination by the Taliban in 2007 shocked Pakistan and the world.

    And his career ultimately ended in disgrace and arrest, when he was sentenced to death in absentia for treason in 2019. Though that sentencing was later reversed, he never returned to Pakistan.

    Despite these events, Fawad Chaudhury, a former aide of Musharraf and currently a senior leader of former Prime Minister Imran Khan's party, praised Musharraf and the influence he had on Pakistan.

    "He is called a military dictator, but there has never been a stronger democratic system than that under him... Pervez Musharraf led Pakistan at a very difficult time, and Pakistanis believe the era of his reign was one of the best in Pakistan's history," Mr Chaudhury said in comments cited by Reuters.

    However, the CEO of Islamabad-based think tank Tabadlab, Mosharraf Zaidi, said Musharraf was responsible for the "destruction of Pakistan" during his rule.

    His time in power also divided opinion in India.

    Musharraf's involvement while serving as the leader of the country's army in the Kargil conflict in May 1999 - when Pakistani generals secretly ordered an operation to occupy heights in Kargil on the Indian side - caused many in India to view him as an adversary.

    But in one Indian politician's eyes, Musharraf redeemed himself during his presidency. "Once an implacable foe of India, he became a real force for peace 2002-2007," Shashi Tharoor, a former UN diplomat, said.

    Mr Tharoor said he met Musharraf annually in those years at the UN, and described him as "smart, engaging and clear in his strategic thinking".

    Credit: bbc.com. You can read the original article here.

  •  The information you requested is not available at this time please check back again soon Bloomberg Pervez Musharraf the former four star Pakistani army general who governed the South Asian nation for nearly a decade after coming to power in a 1999 bloodless coup has died He was 79 He died after a long ailment Geo News said Sunday citing diplomatic sources it didn t identify His death was confirmed by the Pakistan army in a statement expressing condolences Musharraf who was Pakistan s fourth military leader was a polarizing and divisive figure He ruled through the turbulent period after Sept 11 2001 and attempted to appease American demands during the war on terrorism Yet in interviews after stepping down he confirmed that Pakistan supported proxy forces including the Taliban in Afghanistan to counter fears of being circumscribed by a hostile India India has a strategy of strangulating Pakistan economically isolating it internationally and weakening its army we have to counter that he said in a 2018 interview in his penthouse apartment in Dubai where he lived in self exile for most of his life after being forced to resign the presidency in 2008 Some in Pakistan praised the former army chief and president for ushering in a level of economic stability helped by American debt waivers and aid in return for military support Many however saw him as a puppet of the US Musharraf also drew criticism for constitutional and human rights violations and was blamed for failing to tackle widespread violence in the later years of his rule After joining Pakistan s army at age 18 he was commissioned in the artillery regiment in 1964 and later became a commando Decorated for actions during two wars with India and despite his rambunctious and hot headed style which led to multiple disciplinary actions he became a general in 1991 In 1998 then Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif surprised the top brass by elevating Musharraf to chief of army staff after forcing General Jehangir Karamat to step down over a disagreement about security policy Sharif believed Musharraf who wasn t from Punjab province the traditional recruiting ground for officers would be a pliant army chief It was not to be In 1999 Pakistani troops infiltrated Kargil an Indian controlled district in the disputed region of Kashmir provoking fighting and nearly a full scale war before Sharif ordered a climbdown in the face of US pressure Sharif maintained that the operation was ordered without his knowledge Musharraf disputed that and the conflict led to an irreparable strain between the pair In October that same year Sharif sacked Musharraf as he was returning from a visit to Sri Lanka The military leadership defied Sharif s orders and led a coup that toppled his government Musharraf claimed Sharif didn t allow his plane to land in Pakistan The general refused to let the pilot fly to nearby India and the aircraft touched down in Karachi with barely seven minutes of fuel left Musharraf declared himself the country s leader and Sharif was later sentenced to 10 years imprisonment which was commuted when he was exiled to Saudi Arabia In contrast to Pakistan s previous military dictator General Zia ul Haq who elevated strict conservative Islamic laws in the country Musharraf was a relatively secular figure fond of whiskey and cigars in a nation where alcohol is banned for the country s Muslim majority Economically the military led government sought to reduce overseas debt In the last Asian default before Sri Lanka s delinquency in 2022 it froze repayments forcing a downgrade of Pakistan s credit rating to D Musharraf also used his newfound US support to get loans and grants from Western countries and international lenders Under intense pressure from Washington Musharraf s regime arrested and killed numerous al Qaeda operatives following the 2001 US invasion of Afghanistan and it cracked down on some other militant groups that operated on Pakistani soil That made Musharraf a target of extremists and he survived multiple assassination attempts At the same time during his tenure the US accused Pakistan s military of harboring and supporting insurgents that launched cross border attacks in Afghanistan and India complaints that continued after Musharraf left office He repeatedly reneged on his pledges to restore legitimate democracy Musharraf was sworn in as the 11th president of Pakistan in November 2002 following a controversial referendum in April that year in which he got 98 of the vote Sharif and former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto of the Pakistan Peoples Party were barred from contesting the poll As head of the military Musharraf arguably was the Pakistani leader who got closest to settling the country s long running disputes with India He traveled there for a series of talks with Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in a bid to reach a reconciliation between the nuclear armed neighbors According to Musharraf Vajpayee had in principle agreed to a four point solution to settle claims to the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir which was split during partition Musharraf later blamed the Indian cabinet for failing to ratify it after the agreement broke down hours before a planned signing ceremony In the later years of his rule Pakistan s economy and security deteriorated and Musharraf faced increasing calls to step down and allow democratic elections to take place He succumbed to Western pressure to allow Bhutto and Sharif to return to Pakistan in 2007 and contest the upcoming ballot The campaign was marred by widespread violence including Bhutto s murky assassination in December that year in the military garrison city of Rawalpindi where her father former premier Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was executed in 1979 after being overthrown by General Zia Facing impeachment Musharraf finally stepped down in August 2008 after Bhutto s party came to power He made a one hour televised speech defending his nine year rule and then left Pakistan that November The former general tried multiple times to re enter politics When he last returned to Pakistan in 2013 he was eventually placed under house arrest The government allowed him to leave in 2016 to seek medical treatment abroad Facing numerous legal issues Musharraf was barred from contesting Pakistan s elections in July 2018 Frail and recovering from an unspecified illness Musharraf said in the October 2018 interview in Dubai that it was unlikely he d return to Pakistan any time soon to face what he called politically motivated criminal charges In December 2019 the former army chief was sentenced to death in absentia by a special court in Pakistan over the constitutional charges The ruling was challenged by the military which it said had caused pain and anguish among the rank and file Musharraf appealed the verdict and it was annulled by the Lahore High Court the following month for being unconstitutional and politically motivated Musharraf married his wife Sehba in 1968 They had a 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     The information you requested is not available at this time please check back again soon Bloomberg Pervez Musharraf the former four star Pakistani army general who governed the South Asian nation for nearly a decade after coming to power in a 1999 bloodless coup has died He was 79 He died after a long ailment Geo News said Sunday citing diplomatic sources it didn t identify His death was confirmed by the Pakistan army in a statement expressing condolences Musharraf who was Pakistan s fourth military leader was a polarizing and divisive figure He ruled through the turbulent period after Sept 11 2001 and attempted to appease American demands during the war on terrorism Yet in interviews after stepping down he confirmed that Pakistan supported proxy forces including the Taliban in Afghanistan to counter fears of being circumscribed by a hostile India India has a strategy of strangulating Pakistan economically isolating it internationally and weakening its army we have to counter that he said in a 2018 interview in his penthouse apartment in Dubai where he lived in self exile for most of his life after being forced to resign the presidency in 2008 Some in Pakistan praised the former army chief and president for ushering in a level of economic stability helped by American debt waivers and aid in return for military support Many however saw him as a puppet of the US Musharraf also drew criticism for constitutional and human rights violations and was blamed for failing to tackle widespread violence in the later years of his rule After joining Pakistan s army at age 18 he was commissioned in the artillery regiment in 1964 and later became a commando Decorated for actions during two wars with India and despite his rambunctious and hot headed style which led to multiple disciplinary actions he became a general in 1991 In 1998 then Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif surprised the top brass by elevating Musharraf to chief of army staff after forcing General Jehangir Karamat to step down over a disagreement about security policy Sharif believed Musharraf who wasn t from Punjab province the traditional recruiting ground for officers would be a pliant army chief It was not to be In 1999 Pakistani troops infiltrated Kargil an Indian controlled district in the disputed region of Kashmir provoking fighting and nearly a full scale war before Sharif ordered a climbdown in the face of US pressure Sharif maintained that the operation was ordered without his knowledge Musharraf disputed that and the conflict led to an irreparable strain between the pair In October that same year Sharif sacked Musharraf as he was returning from a visit to Sri Lanka The military leadership defied Sharif s orders and led a coup that toppled his government Musharraf claimed Sharif didn t allow his plane to land in Pakistan The general refused to let the pilot fly to nearby India and the aircraft touched down in Karachi with barely seven minutes of fuel left Musharraf declared himself the country s leader and Sharif was later sentenced to 10 years imprisonment which was commuted when he was exiled to Saudi Arabia In contrast to Pakistan s previous military dictator General Zia ul Haq who elevated strict conservative Islamic laws in the country Musharraf was a relatively secular figure fond of whiskey and cigars in a nation where alcohol is banned for the country s Muslim majority Economically the military led government sought to reduce overseas debt In the last Asian default before Sri Lanka s delinquency in 2022 it froze repayments forcing a downgrade of Pakistan s credit rating to D Musharraf also used his newfound US support to get loans and grants from Western countries and international lenders Under intense pressure from Washington Musharraf s regime arrested and killed numerous al Qaeda operatives following the 2001 US invasion of Afghanistan and it cracked down on some other militant groups that operated on Pakistani soil That made Musharraf a target of extremists and he survived multiple assassination attempts At the same time during his tenure the US accused Pakistan s military of harboring and supporting insurgents that launched cross border attacks in Afghanistan and India complaints that continued after Musharraf left office He repeatedly reneged on his pledges to restore legitimate democracy Musharraf was sworn in as the 11th president of Pakistan in November 2002 following a controversial referendum in April that year in which he got 98 of the vote Sharif and former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto of the Pakistan Peoples Party were barred from contesting the poll As head of the military Musharraf arguably was the Pakistani leader who got closest to settling the country s long running disputes with India He traveled there for a series of talks with Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in a bid to reach a reconciliation between the nuclear armed neighbors According to Musharraf Vajpayee had in principle agreed to a four point solution to settle claims to the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir which was split during partition Musharraf later blamed the Indian cabinet for failing to ratify it after the agreement broke down hours before a planned signing ceremony In the later years of his rule Pakistan s economy and security deteriorated and Musharraf faced increasing calls to step down and allow democratic elections to take place He succumbed to Western pressure to allow Bhutto and Sharif to return to Pakistan in 2007 and contest the upcoming ballot The campaign was marred by widespread violence including Bhutto s murky assassination in December that year in the military garrison city of Rawalpindi where her father former premier Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was executed in 1979 after being overthrown by General Zia Facing impeachment Musharraf finally stepped down in August 2008 after Bhutto s party came to power He made a one hour televised speech defending his nine year rule and then left Pakistan that November The former general tried multiple times to re enter politics When he last returned to Pakistan in 2013 he was eventually placed under house arrest The government allowed him to leave in 2016 to seek medical treatment abroad Facing numerous legal issues Musharraf was barred from contesting Pakistan s elections in July 2018 Frail and recovering from an unspecified illness Musharraf said in the October 2018 interview in Dubai that it was unlikely he d return to Pakistan any time soon to face what he called politically motivated criminal charges In December 2019 the former army chief was sentenced to death in absentia by a special court in Pakistan over the constitutional charges The ruling was challenged by the military which it said had caused pain and anguish among the rank and file Musharraf appealed the verdict and it was annulled by the Lahore High Court the following month for being unconstitutional and politically motivated Musharraf married his wife Sehba in 1968 They had a 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    (Bloomberg) -- Pervez Musharraf, the former four-star Pakistani army general who governed the South Asian nation for nearly a decade after coming to power in a 1999 bloodless coup, has died. He was 79.

    He died after a long ailment, Geo News said Sunday, citing diplomatic sources it didn’t identify. His death was confirmed by the Pakistan army in a statement expressing condolences.

    Musharraf, who was Pakistan’s fourth military leader, was a polarizing and divisive figure. He ruled through the turbulent period after Sept. 11, 2001 and attempted to appease American demands during the war on terrorism. Yet in interviews after stepping down, he confirmed that Pakistan supported proxy forces, including the Taliban in Afghanistan, to counter fears of being circumscribed by a hostile India.

    “India has a strategy of strangulating Pakistan economically, isolating it internationally and weakening its army — we have to counter that,” he said in a 2018 interview in his penthouse apartment in Dubai, where he lived in self-exile for most of his life after being forced to resign the presidency in 2008.

    Some in Pakistan praised the former army chief and president for ushering in a level of economic stability, helped by American debt waivers and aid in return for military support. Many, however, saw him as a puppet of the US. Musharraf also drew criticism for constitutional and human rights violations and was blamed for failing to tackle widespread violence in the later years of his rule.

    After joining Pakistan’s army at age 18, he was commissioned in the artillery regiment in 1964 and later became a commando. Decorated for actions during two wars with India, and despite his rambunctious and hot-headed style — which led to multiple disciplinary actions — he became a general in 1991.

    In 1998, then-Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif surprised the top brass by elevating Musharraf to chief of army staff after forcing General Jehangir Karamat to step down over a disagreement about security policy. Sharif believed Musharraf — who wasn’t from Punjab province, the traditional recruiting ground for officers — would be a pliant army chief.

    It was not to be. In 1999, Pakistani troops infiltrated Kargil, an Indian-controlled district in the disputed region of Kashmir — provoking fighting and nearly a full-scale war before Sharif ordered a climbdown in the face of US pressure. Sharif maintained that the operation was ordered without his knowledge. Musharraf disputed that, and the conflict led to an irreparable strain between the pair.

    In October that same year, Sharif sacked Musharraf as he was returning from a visit to Sri Lanka. The military leadership defied Sharif’s orders and led a coup that toppled his government.

    Musharraf claimed Sharif didn’t allow his plane to land in Pakistan. The general refused to let the pilot fly to nearby India, and the aircraft touched down in Karachi with barely seven minutes of fuel left. Musharraf declared himself the country’s leader, and Sharif was later sentenced to 10 years imprisonment, which was commuted when he was exiled to Saudi Arabia.

    In contrast to Pakistan’s previous military dictator, General Zia ul-Haq — who elevated strict conservative Islamic laws in the country — Musharraf was a relatively secular figure, fond of whiskey and cigars in a nation where alcohol is banned for the country’s Muslim majority.

    Economically, the military-led government sought to reduce overseas debt. In the last Asian default before Sri Lanka’s delinquency in 2022, it froze repayments, forcing a downgrade of Pakistan’s credit rating to D. Musharraf also used his newfound US support to get loans and grants from Western countries and international lenders.

    Under intense pressure from Washington, Musharraf’s regime arrested and killed numerous al-Qaeda operatives following the 2001 US invasion of Afghanistan, and it cracked down on some other militant groups that operated on Pakistani soil. That made Musharraf a target of extremists, and he survived multiple assassination attempts. At the same time, during his tenure the US accused Pakistan’s military of harboring and supporting insurgents that launched cross-border attacks in Afghanistan and India — complaints that continued after Musharraf left office.

    He repeatedly reneged on his pledges to restore legitimate democracy. Musharraf was sworn in as the 11th president of Pakistan in November 2002, following a controversial referendum in April that year in which he got 98% of the vote. Sharif and former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto of the Pakistan Peoples Party were barred from contesting the poll.

    As head of the military, Musharraf arguably was the Pakistani leader who got closest to settling the country’s long-running disputes with India. He traveled there for a series of talks with Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in a bid to reach a reconciliation between the nuclear-armed neighbors.

    According to Musharraf, Vajpayee had in principle agreed to a four-point solution to settle claims to the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, which was split during partition. Musharraf later blamed the Indian cabinet for failing to ratify it after the agreement broke down hours before a planned signing ceremony.

    In the later years of his rule, Pakistan’s economy and security deteriorated and Musharraf faced increasing calls to step down and allow democratic elections to take place. He succumbed to Western pressure to allow Bhutto and Sharif to return to Pakistan in 2007 and contest the upcoming ballot.

    The campaign was marred by widespread violence, including Bhutto’s murky assassination in December that year in the military garrison city of Rawalpindi, where her father, former premier Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, was executed in 1979 after being overthrown by General Zia.

    Facing impeachment, Musharraf finally stepped down in August 2008 after Bhutto’s party came to power. He made a one-hour televised speech defending his nine-year rule and then left Pakistan that November.

    The former general tried multiple times to re-enter politics. When he last returned to Pakistan in 2013 he was eventually placed under house arrest. The government allowed him to leave in 2016 to seek medical treatment abroad. Facing numerous legal issues, Musharraf was barred from contesting Pakistan’s elections in July 2018.

    Frail and recovering from an unspecified illness, Musharraf said in the October 2018 interview in Dubai that it was unlikely he’d return to Pakistan any time soon to face what he called “politically motivated” criminal charges.

    In December 2019 the former army chief was sentenced to death in absentia by a special court in Pakistan over the constitutional charges. The ruling was challenged by the military, which it said had caused “pain and anguish” among the rank and file. Musharraf appealed the verdict and it was annulled by the Lahore High Court the following month for being unconstitutional and politically motivated.

    Musharraf married his wife Sehba in 1968. They had a daughter, Ayla, and a son, Bilal.

    Credit: bloomberg.com. You can read the original article here.

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