Former president and chief of All Pakistan Muslims League (APML) General (retd) Pervez Musharaf’s ailing mother has passed away in Dubai, his party spokesperson said on Friday.
Begum Zareen Musharraf died at the age of around 100 after prolonged illness, APML spokesperson Mehreen Malik told The Express Tribune.
She said the former military ruler received the news of passing of his elderly mother at a private hospital in Dubai, where he has been admitted for medical treatment since 2019.
Begum Zareen Musharraf sahiba m/o Former President Pervez Musharraf has passed away. She was an elegant lady blessed with great personality. Her departure is a big loss for Pakistan and Former President Pervez Musharraf and his family.— Mehrene Malik Adam (@AdamMehrene) January 15, 2021
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Begum Zareen was born in India’s Lucknow in 1920 and was settled in Dubai with her son.
The details of her funeral will be announced soon, said the spokesperson, adding that she might be laid to rest in Dubai as it was difficult for Musharraf to come to Pakistan due to his medical condition.
Family sources later confirmed that Gen (retd) Musharraf also wanted his mother's burial to take place in Dubai.
The former president is suffering from amyloidosis, a rare disease caused by a build-up of an abnormal protein called amyloid in organs and tissues throughout the body.
The 78-year old was diagnosed with the rare disease at a hospital in Dubai in 2019.
Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa offered condolences to the bereaved family over the sad demise, DG ISPR tweeted.