ISLAMABAD: Former President Gen. Pervez Musharraf has been hospitalized in Dubai, his close aide said on Monday.
The retired military leader, who currently lives in the UAE, reportedly has a serious health condition.
“Musharraf has been seriously ill these days. His health suddenly deteriorated, and he was rushed to a hospital,” Mehrene Adam Malik, the secretary-general of Musharraf’s All Pakistan Muslim League (APML), said in a message to the media.
Gen. Musharraf seized power in a bloodless coup on Oct. 12, 1999, when he was serving as the army chief. He stepped down in 2008, amid mass protests. He was later allowed to leave Pakistan in 2016 for health reasons.
On Nov. 27, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) stopped a special court from announcing its verdict in a high treason case against the former president.
The case was filed against Musharraf in 2013 by the then ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N). The general was charged with subverting the constitution and imposing a state of emergency on Nov. 3, 2007.
He was formally indicted in 2014.
According to the general’s legal team, Musharraf failed to appear in the special court’s hearing due to medical issues.