The government and the army expressed condolences on his death.
Musharraf (Photo: Reuters)
The former president of Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf, died today (Sunday) at the age of 79 in a hospital in Dubai, where he had spent the last few years, after a long illness.
The announcement of the death of Musharraf, who was ousted from power in 2008, was published by the Pakistani army and the country's embassy in the United Arab Emirates
. for his funeral.
The four-star general, who seized power in a bloodless coup in 1999, has overseen rapid economic growth and promoted liberal values in the conservative Muslim country.
Musharraf has enjoyed strong support for many years, and his biggest threat is from al-Qaeda and other radical Islamist organizations, which have tried to kill him at least three times.
However, his use of the military to suppress opposition to his rule, as well as his continued support for the United States in its fight against al-Qaeda and the Afghan Taliban, ultimately led to his downfall.
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