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Pakistan’s ex-president Pervez Musharraf’s organs failing,family says he’s in final hours

Pakistan’s defence minister also gave his blessing to Gen Musharraf’s return and said the former dictator should be able to spend the rest of his life in dignity.

General Pervez Musharraf’s health is rapidly deteriorating as he remains on life support, with not much more doctors can do … and he’s experiencing significant organ failure, Persecondnews.com gathered Wednesday.

Gen Musharraf has been critically ill in hospital suffering from amyloidosis, according to immediate family members.

There have been unconfirmed reports that the military, once led by Gen Musharraf, has been in contact with his family and offered to transport him home from the UAE if requested.

His return has been backed by his old rival Nawaz Sharif, the former prime minister who was ousted and sent into exile by Gen Musharraf in 1999.

“I have no personal enmity or animosity towards Pervez Musharraf,” Mr Sharif wrote on Twitter.

“I don’t want anyone else to suffer the traumas I have had to endure for my loved ones,” he said.

Pakistan’s top military spokesman also confirmed that it believed the former head of the army should return to the country, but said the final decision was for the family.

“In such a situation, the institution and leadership’s stance is that Pervez Musharraf should return,” said Maj Gen Babar Iftikhar.

Pakistan’s defence minister also gave his blessing to Gen Musharraf’s return and said the former dictator should be able to spend the rest of his life in dignity.

“In view of General Musharraf’s ill health, there should be no obstacle for him to return home,” said Khawaja Asif. “Past events should not be allowed to interfere in this regard.”

Gen Musharraf was chief of the army when he took power in a coup in 1999 and went on to serve as president of Pakistan from 2001 to 2008.

Gen Musharraf has been in self-imposed exile in Dubai, where he is receiving medical treatment. He was sentenced to hang in his absence after being convicted of treason for his suspension of the constitution. That ruling was later quashed.

His family earlier this month said his medical situation had worsened. Amyloidosis leads to the build-up of amyloid protein deposits that can make it difficult for organs and tissues to work properly.

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