Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa recently met ailing former President and Army Chief General (Retd) Pervez Musharraf in Dubai.
General Bajwa, along with top doctors of the Pakistan Army, spent some time with General Musharraf and his family at their apartment in Dubai, while army doctors examined the 78-year-old former military ruler, The Express Tribune newspaper quoted a source as saying. who were also present during the meeting saying this. The former military ruler was diagnosed with a life-threatening health condition called amyloidosis in the United Arab Emirates in 2018.
According to the UK’s National Health Service, amyloidosis is a group of rare and serious conditions caused by a buildup of abnormal proteins 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 former military ruler’s family, “General Musharraf and his family greeted the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) with great joy.” However, there was no official word from the media wing of the Army on the COAS’s visit to Dubai.
Musharraf’s family, who has been in self-exile in Dubai since 2016, has not yet made up his mind to take him back to Pakistan.
Earlier this week, the family ruled out the possibility, citing lack of proper treatment in Pakistan.
The family wrote on Musharraf’s Twitter handle on June 21: “Uninterrupted supply and administration of the experimental drug Daratumumab, along with the associated treatment of amyloidosis, is currently not available.”
It is not easy to decide whether Musharraf will return from Dubai, where he is undergoing treatment. The family also revealed that they were assured that the Pakistani government and military establishment would facilitate the smooth return of the seventy-year-old general.
“Communications have been received from official and informal channels that [Musharraf’s] There will be convenience in returning home. We sincerely appreciate these proposals as Pakistan is home,” he said.
On 14 June, The Express Tribune reported that the exiled general, who seized power in a 1999 coup and was president from 2001 to 2008, had expressed a desire to spend the rest of his life in Pakistan. Her close aides later contacted “powerful sections” and government officials to make a formal request.
The development came after a Twitter statement from the family in which they insisted that Musharraf’s “recovery is not possible”.
The developments started a media guessing game on the army’s possible response, which quickly surfaced.
“Military officials believe that Musharraf should be brought back to Pakistan,” the chief military spokesman said.
“Musharraf’s family has been contacted for this purpose,” an army spokesman said. “If the family gives their consent, arrangements will be made to bring him back.” General (retired) Pervez Musharraf toppled the government of then prime minister Nawaz Sharif in a bloodless coup in 1998 and then sent the Sharif family into exile as a result of a deal made by a friendly country.
Sharif, however, said in a tweet that he was not against Musharraf’s return to Pakistan.
He said, ‘I have no personal quarrel with Pervez Musharraf. I do not want anyone to go through the same emotional trauma and trauma in relation to their loved ones as I had to go through,” he said in a cryptic reference to his suffering.
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 undisclosed illness.