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Former military ruler Musharraf’s body to be flown to Pakistan

Former military ruler of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf's body is expected to be repatriated on Monday. Image only for representation.

The body of Pakistan's exiled former military ruler Pervez Musharraf, who became a key US ally during the "war on terror", is expected to be repatriated on Monday.

Musharraf, who fled Pakistan in 2016 for medical treatment after a travel ban was lifted, died on Sunday aged 79 in Dubai after a long illness.

Senior officials who asked not to be named said his body would be repatriated on Monday, with a burial expected later in the day.


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Musharraf seized power in a 1999 bloodless coup and was acting simultaneously as Pakistan's army chief, chief executive, and president when the 9/11 attacks on the United States took place.

The general twice suspended the constitution and was accused of rigging a referendum shoring up his power, as well as rampant rights abuses including rounding up opponents during his nearly nine-year rule.

Pervez Musharraf

"In the end he left Pakistanis with a deep distaste for direct military rule — so that even though the military wields much power behind the scenes now, it does not want to be in power directly again," Madiha Afzal, an analyst from the Brookings Institution, told the media.

Musharraf became Washington's chief regional ally during the invasion of neighbouring Afghanistan, a decision which put him in the crosshairs of Islamist militants, who made several attempts on his life.

But it also earned Pakistan a huge influx of foreign aid which bolstered the economy.

In Pakistan, where the military remains supremely powerful and enjoys significant support, Musharraf is a divisive figure.

Agence France-Presse



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