Musharraf’s family review medical, legal challenges before deciding on his return

Former military ruler General (Retd) Pervez Musharraf. Photo: Twitter/ @SirLifeCoach/file

DUBAI: The family of former military ruler General (retd) Pervez Musharraf on Sunday said they are reviewing the medical, legal and security challenges before taking any decision about returning to Pakistan.

“Pakistan lacks essential medicines and medical facilities,” his family said. There is a need for uninterrupted supply of a drug called daratumumab and treatment of amyloidosis which is not currently available in the country, he said.

The family also thanked the country’s leadership for contacting Musharraf through official and unofficial channels for his return.

Earlier, Musharraf’s close aide Tariq Aziz had said that the former president wants to return to his homeland, but his doctors have advised not to travel by air.

Aziz, who was Musharraf’s principal secretary for eight years and general secretary of the National Security Council (NSC), said Musharraf was keen to return home but his doctors were getting in the way.

If Musharraf wants to return to Pakistan, he should help.

Former prime minister and PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif had asked the coalition government to facilitate Musharraf if he wanted to return to Pakistan, saying he had no “personal enmity or feud” with the former dictator.

“I have no personal enmity or quarrel with Pervez Musharraf. I don’t want anyone else to suffer the trauma that my loved ones have to endure,” the three-time prime minister said on Twitter.

Nawaz said that he is praying for the former dictator’s health, if he wants to come home, the government should facilitate his return.

This statement was also made by Major General Babar Iftikhar, Director General of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), that the military leadership is of the view that the former Army Chief should return to Pakistan.

Musharraf, 78, is critically ill these days as he is suffering from a disease called amyloidosis, his office said earlier this month.

The All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) – the political party founded by Musharraf – said he was taken back to his residence three weeks after being hospitalized, denying reports of his death or being on ventilator.