Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 26 April 2019

Former Pakistan president Musharraf treated for rare disease in Dubai hospital

His All Pakistan Muslim League party said the former military ruler is expected to be released soon

Pakistan's former president Pervez Musharraf arrives at an anti-terrorism court in Islamabad in April 2013. AP
Pakistan's former president Pervez Musharraf arrives at an anti-terrorism court in Islamabad in April 2013. AP

Pakistan's former president Gen Pervez Musharraf was treated in a Dubai hospital for a rare condition, the head of his political party has said.

He is suffering from amyloidosis, secretary-general of the All Pakistan Muslim League, Mehrene Adam Malik, told Pakistan's Dawn News TV.

The former military leader, 75, who served as president from 2001 until his resignation in 2008, owns a home in Dubai and has lived there for several years.

Mr Musharraf was rushed to hospital as an "emergency" on Saturday night. He did not name the hospital and said the ex-leader was expected to be discharged soon.

Please pray for Syed Pervez Musharraf's speedy recovery

Party official Ifzaal Siddiqui

Another senior party official, president of APML overseas Ifzaal Siddiqui, revealed Mr Musharraf's illness last year, saying the former president's disease had "weakened his nervous system". At the time, he was being treated for the condition in London.

"Due to amyloidosis, broken protein starts getting deposited in various organs," Mr Siddiqui said at the time.

"[As a result] Pervez Musharraf has difficulty in standing and walking."

In a Facebook post on Sunday, Mr Siddiqui also urged people to "please pray for Syed Pervez Musharraf's speedy recovery".

He said the former president still intends to return to Pakistan, where he faces several legal cases.

In 2014, Mr Musharraf was indicted for suspending the constitution in 2007, in one of several cases. He was given permission to leave Pakistan in 2016 for medical treatment and has not returned since.

Updated: March 18, 2019 12:12 PM

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