Pakistan army chief Bajwa meets ailing Pervez Musharraf in Dubai: reports

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Pakistani army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa recently visited former president and army chief General (retired) Pervez Musharraf in Dubai, media reported on Saturday.

General Bajwa, accompanied by top Pakistani army doctors, spent time with General Musharraf and his family at their apartment in Dubai as army doctors examined the 78-year-old former military leader, reported The Express Tribune newspaper. was also present at the meeting, as said.

The former military leader was in 2018 in the United Arab Emirates diagnosed with the life-threatening condition called amyloidosis.

According to the UK’s National Health Service, amyloidosis is a group of rare and serious conditions caused by the buildup of an abnormal protein called amyloid in organs and tissues throughout the body.

If left untreated, these protein deposits can lead to organ failure.

According to sources close to the family of the former military leader, General Musharraf and his family welcomed the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) with great joy.

However, there has been no official word on COAS’ visit to Dubai from the military’s media wing.

Musharraf’s family, who have lived in exile in Dubai since 2016, have not yet decided to repatriate him to Pakistan.

Earlier this week, the family ruled out the possibility citing the lack of proper treatment in Pakistan.

Uninterrupted supply and administration of the experimental drug Daratumumab needed in addition to the associated amyloidosis treatment is currently not available in Pakistan, the family wrote on Musharraf’s Twitter account on June 21.

It’s not easy to take a call when Musharraf returns from Dubai where he is undergoing treatment.

The family also revealed that they had been assured that the Pakistani government and the military establishment would facilitate the smooth return of the septuagenarian general.

Communications were received from official and unofficial channels that [Musharraf’s] the return home will be facilitated. We sincerely appreciate these overtures since Pakistan is our home, they said.

On June 14, The Express Tribune reported that the exiled general, who seized power in a 1999 coup and served as president from 2001 to 2008, had expressed a desire to spend the rest of his life in Pakistan.

His close aides then approached powerful neighborhoods and government officials to make a formal request.

The development came on the heels of a statement on Twitter from the family in which they stressed that Musharraf’s recovery is not possible.

The developments sparked a media guessing game over the military’s possible reaction, which quickly materialized.

The chief military spokesman said senior army officers believe Musharraf should be brought back to Pakistan.

Musharraf’s family has been contacted for this purpose, the army spokesman said. If the family gives consent, then arrangements will be made to bring him back.

General (retired) Pervez Musharraf overthrew then Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s government in 1998 in a bloodless coup, then sent the Sharif family into exile following a brokered deal by a friendly country.

However, Sharif in a tweet said he was not opposed to Musharraf returning to Pakistan.

I have no personal quarrel with Pervez Musharraf. I don’t want anyone to go through the same emotional shock and trauma to their loved ones that I had to endure, he said in a cryptic reference to his tormentor.

Sharif, who was sentenced to seven years in prison in a corruption case in December 2018, has been living in London since November 2019 for treatment for an undiagnosed illness.

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