Pervez Musharraf, ex-military ruler of Pakistan, laid to rest

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Islamabad, Pakistan – Former Pakistani military ruler Pervez Musharraf, who backed the United States’ invasion of Afghanistan following the 9/11 attacks, has been buried at a cemetery in the southern city of Karachi with “full military honours”.

Musharraf died of prolonged illness on Sunday at age 79 in Dubai, where he had been living since 2016. He was suffering from amyloidosis, a rare disease that causes organ damage.
Tahir Hussain, a spokesperson for Musharraf’s political party All Pakistan Muslim League (APML), said the former president’s funeral was attended by former army chiefs, senior military officials, and political figures.

“Recently retired army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa, former chiefs [Mirza] Aslam Beg, Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, as well as former chief of Inter-Services Intelligence General [Ahmad] Shuja Pasha were all in attendance in the funeral prayer,” Hussain told Al Jazeera.

Hussain said that an estimated 3,000-4,000 people attended the funeral prayers at the Malir military cantonment despite strict security. Musharraf’s body was then taken to the army graveyard 20km (12 miles) to the southwest for burial.




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