Former military ruler General (retd) Pervez Musharraf, who had been living in Dubai since 2016, passed away in Dubai early Sunday morning.
The former chief of army staff, who was 79, was suffering from amyloidosis, a rare disease caused by a build-up of an abnormal protein called amyloid in organs and tissues throughout the body, according to his family.
As the news of the former president’s death spread across the country, messages of condolence started pouring in.
President Arif Alvi offered prayers for the former COAS and extended condolences to the former president's family.
صدر مملکت ڈاکٹر عارف علوی کا سابق صدر جنرل ریٹائرڈ پرویز مشرف کی وفات پر اظہار افسوس— The President of Pakistan (@PresOfPakistan) February 5, 2023
صدر مملکت کا سابق صدر کے ورثاء سے اظہارِ تعزیت
صدر مملکت کی مرحوم صدر کیلئے دعائے مغفرت، ورثاء کیلئے صبر جمیل کی دعا pic.twitter.com/K3uMWBgsf4
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif also offered condolences to the former president's family and prayed for the departed soul.
I offer my condolences to the family of General (rtd) Pervez Musharraf. May the departed soul rest in peace!— Shehbaz Sharif (@CMShehbaz) February 5, 2023
Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) General Sahir Shamshad Mirza and services chiefs expressed condolences on the passing of the former COAS.
“Heartfelt condolences on the sad demise of General Pervez Musharaf, Former President, CJCSC and Chief of Army Staff. May Allah bless the departed soul and give strength to bereaved family,” a statement by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) stated.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) senior leader Fawad Chaudhry, in a tweet, prayed for the departed soul.
“Pervez Musharraf passed away. He was a great person, his friends proved to be small. Pakistan first was his thought and ideology always. May God have mercy on him,” he wrote.
پرویز مشرف انتقال کر گئے، وہ بہت بڑے انسان تھے ان کے دوست چھوٹے ثابت ہوئے ہمیشہ پاکستان فرسٹ ان کی سوچ اور نظریہ تھا، خدا غریق رحمت کرے— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) February 5, 2023
Senior journalist Mazhar Abbas tweeted saying, “General Pervez Musharraf is no more. End of an era”.
General Pervez Musharraf is no more. End of an era.— Mazhar Abbas (@MazharAbbasGEO) February 5, 2023
Shashi Tharoor, a member of parliament from India's main opposition Congress party, tweeted “once an implacable foe of India, he became a real force for peace 2002-2007”.
“Pervez Musharraf, Former Pakistani President, Dies of Rare Disease”: once an implacable foe of India, he became a real force for peace 2002-2007. I met him annually in those days at the @un &found him smart, engaging & clear in his strategic thinking. RIP https://t.co/1Pvqp8cvjE— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) February 5, 2023
Former lawmaker Irum Azeem Farooque shared a picture with the former president and said “It was an Honor to have met you and will remember the respect u bestowed upon me”.
Rest in Peace @P_Musharraf Sahab— Irum Azeem Farooque (@Irumf) February 5, 2023
It was an Honor to have met you and will remember the respect u bestowed upon me . pic.twitter.com/Ii2Oau2DU4
Pakistan's former ambassador at the United Nations also prayed for the departed soul.
Gen Parvez Musharraf has passed away. Inna lillah hai wa inna alaihay Rajehoon. May Allah rest him in peace. Ameen.— Maleeha Lodhi (@LodhiMaleeha) February 5, 2023
Mushaal Hussain Mullick, wife of Kashmiri Hurriyat leader Muhammad Yasin Malik, extended condolences to the grieving family and loved ones.
إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعونَ🤲— Mushaal Hussein Mullick (@MushaalMullick) February 5, 2023
Saddened to learn of the passing of Former President Gen #PervezMusharraf, My condolences and prayers go to his family and loved ones.May Allah elevate his ranks in Jannat Ul Firdous and grant Sabr e Jameel to his family.Ameen. pic.twitter.com/Z69YwofQ6w
Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani also expressed deep sorrow over the demise of Musharraf in a series of tweets.
چیئرمین سینیٹ محمدصادق سنجرانی نے سابق صدرجنرل(ر)پرویزمشرف کےانتقال پر گہرے دکھ اورافسوس کا اظہارکیاہے۔انہوں نے کہاکہ دکھ کی اس گھڑی میں لواحقین کے ساتھ انکےغم میں برابر کےشریک ہیں۔چیئرمین سینیٹ نےاللہ تعالیٰ سےدعاکی کہ مرحوم کے مغفرت اوردرجات بلندکرےاورغمزدہ خاندان کویہ صدمہ۔1/2— Senate of Pakistan (@SenatePakistan) February 5, 2023
The Embassy of China in Pakistan tweeted on the passing of the former president and said his "great contribution to China Pakistan friendship and cooperation will always be remembered by the Chinese people".
We would like to express our heartfelt condolences to the passing away of former president Pervez Musharraf. His Excellency was a great friend of China. His great contribution to China Pakistan friendship and cooperation will always be remembered by the Chinese people.— Chinese Emb Pakistan (@CathayPak) February 5, 2023
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif also took to twitter and said "we belong to God and to Him we return".
إِنَّا ِللَّٰهِ وَإِنَّا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعُونَ#PervezMusharraf— Nawaz Sharif (@NawazSharifMNS) February 5, 2023
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