DUBAI: A photo of former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf has raised serious concerns among netizens. The photo was shared on the All Pakistan Muslim League’s Twitter handle in which Musharraf can be seen quite ill and weak.
Looking frail but smiling, the picture was captioned: “We are requesting you all to pray for Musharraf’s health.” The retired general is seeking medical treatment in Dubai.
Federal Science Minister Fawad Chaudhary, a former minister in Musharraf’s cabinet, also shared his picture and wished good health for the former president.
On December 17, 2019, the retired four-star general was sentenced to death by a special bench in a treason case under article 6 of the Pakistani constitution. The law states that any person who abrogates or suspends the constitution “by use of force or show of force” is guilty of high treason.
The retired general and the 10th president of Pakistan, Musharraf seized power in a 1999 military coup. He stepped down nine years later and was allowed to leave Pakistan in 2016 for health reasons.
The criminal cases pending against Musharraf were lodged by prosecutors under former PM Nawaz Sharif, who was ousted in the 1999 coup. Musharraf never returned to Pakistan.