Nawaz Sharif asks govt to assist in Musharraf’s return

Nawaz Sharif asks govt to assist in Musharraf’s return

On Tuesday, PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif called on the government to assist his one-time political adversary and former military ruler Pervez Musharraf’s return to Pakistan on account of his poor health. 

It is pertinent to state that Musharraf currently resides in the UAE.

“I have no personal enmity or animosity towards Pervez Musharraf. I don’t want anyone else to suffer the traumas I have had to endure for my loved ones,” said Nawaz, who has spent the past few years in self-exile like Musharaf.

Their relations had frayed in 1999 when Sharif was the prime minister, and his government was removed by Musharraf — the then army chief.

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On Friday, Musharraf’s family had clarified that he wasn’t on a ventilator but had been hospitalized for the last three weeks.

The family was prompted to issue the statement after false news of his demise started doing rounds on social media, and some Pakistani and Indian publications carried it.

In 2018, the retired general’s illness came to light when the All Pakistan Muslim League announced that he was suffering from amyloidosis — a rare disease.

Amyloidosis is the name for a group of serious, rare conditions caused by a build-up of an abnormal protein called amyloid in tissues and organs throughout the body. The build-up of amyloid proteins can make it difficult for the tissues and organs to work properly.

Earlier yesterday, Inter-Services Public Relations Director General Major General Babar Iftikhar said that Musharraf’s family was in close contact with the military regarding his return to Pakistan. He said that Musharraf’s return from the UAE was a decision for his doctors and family to make.

“The institution and its leadership have the stance that he should come back,” Iftikhar said.

Defense Minister Khawaja Asif also had, on Saturday, expressed support for the notion of the ex-general’s return, saying that there was no obstacle to his coming back. 

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