'No personal enmity': Nawaz calls on PML-N govt to facilitate Musharraf's return to Pakistan

Published June 14, 2022
A combination photo of former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf and PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif. — AFP
A combination photo of former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf and PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif. — AFP

PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday called on the government to facilitate his one-time political adversary and former military ruler Pervez Musharraf's return to Pakistan from UAE on account of his poor health.

"I have no personal enmity or animosity towards Pervez Musharraf. I don't want anyone else to suffer the traumas I have had to endure for my loved ones," said Nawaz, who like Musharraf, has spent the past few years in self exile.

Their relations had frayed in 1999 when Nawaz was the prime minister and his government was overthrown by Musharraf — the then army chief.

Musharraf's family had clarified on Friday that he was not on a ventilator but had been hospitalised for the last three weeks.

The family had issued the statement after false news of his demise started circulating on social media after some Pakistani and Indian publications carried it.

The retired general's illness came to light in 2018 when the All Pakistan Muslim League announced that he was suffering from the rare disease amyloidosis.

Amyloidosis is the name for a group of rare, serious conditions caused by a build-up of an abnormal protein called amyloid in organs and tissues throughout the body. The build-up of amyloid proteins (deposits) can make it difficult for the organs and tissues to work properly.

Earlier today, Inter-Services Public Relations Director General Major General Babar Iftikhar confirmed that Musharraf's family was in contact with the military regarding his mooted return to Pakistan. He said that Musharraf's return to Pakistan from UAE was a decision for his family and doctors to make.

"The institution and its leadership have the stance that he should come back," he said.

Defence Minister Khawaja Asif on Saturday had also expressed support for the notion of Musharraf's return, saying that there should be no obstacle to his coming back.

Asif said on Twitter that "past events should not bear in the matter" and prayed for the former military ruler's health so he could live his remaining life with dignity.

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