Pervez Musharraf, the former President of Pakistan and a key figure in the wars following the 9/11 attacks, has died at 79. The Associated Press reported that he passed away in Dubai.
CNN reported that Musharraf had been living in Dubai since 2016 after he was allowed to leave Pakistan, where he had been facing legal charges. He had been Pakistan’s President from 1999 to 2008.
BBC News noted that Musharraf had been a key figure in the US-led wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and had been a major ally of the US in the fight against terrorism. He had also been a key figure in the political turmoil in Pakistan in the 2000s.
The Indian Express reported that Musharraf’s legacy was a powerful symbol of Pakistan’s dysfunction. Sharat Sabharwal, the former High Commissioner to Pakistan, wrote that Musharraf had run with the hares and hunted with the hounds. The newspaper also noted that Musharraf’s death was a reminder of the country’s troubled past.
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