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General Pervez Musharraf, former President of Pakistan passed away at 79

Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf addresses the U.N. General Assembly on Nov. 10, 2001, at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

A former President of Pakistan and military ruler, General Pervez Musharraf passed away in Dubai at the age of 79 after a prolonged illness.

According to news sources and a senior security official who talked to AFP, the four-star general passed away on Sunday morning at a Hospital in Dubai.

The official, who wished to remain unnamed, told AFP, “I can confirm that the late general breathed his last in Dubai this morning… He is no more.”

Pervez Musharraf in his army uniform

After the then prime minister Nawaz Sharif attempted to remove Musharraf from his position as army chief after appointing him above more senior officers a year earlier, Musharraf took control of the country in a bloodless coup in 1999.

He presided over a period of economic prosperity during his more than seven years in office despite avoiding at least three murder attempts.

In a vote in 2002, Musharraf was elected to a five-year term as president, but he delayed leaving his position as army head until late 2007.

He was the 10th president of Pakistan. He seized power in 1999 and served as president from 2001 to 2008.