The wake of Pervez Musharraf’s death has been creating thunderstorms on the internet regarding his death, his involvement in the political crisis that caused a series of whirlwinds between India and Pakistan, and many more.
So before exploring the incidents, let me take you through the rollercoaster life of Pervez Musharraf.
Pervez Musharraf’s Personal Bio
He was born in Delhi, British India, on 11 August 1943. After the British left India in 1947, Pakistan was created as the homeland for the Muslims of India, and his family left India to become part of Pakistan.
At a young age, he moved to Turkey when his father was assigned to the role of a diplomatic deputation from Pakistan to Turkey.
However, he returned to his homeland in 1957, where he completed his schooling at Saint Patrick’s School in Karachi and attended Forman Christian College University where he pursued mathematics as his Major and later developed an interest in economics.
Military And Political Career
In 1964, at the age of 18, Musharraf joined the Pakistan Military Academy in the artillery regiment. His battle experience was in the Second Kashmir War.
He also received the Imtiazi Sanad medal for his reputation on the battlefield. After the war ended he joined the elite Special Service group from 1966 to 1972, where he was promoted to captain and major during this period.
In 1974, he was further promoted to lieutenant colonel and colonel in 1978. Further, he rose prominently after studying and lecturing about war studies at National Defense University.
Due to his wide experience in the mountain and arctic regions, he was chosen as the commander for the proposed project in 1987
After completing his master’s degree from the Royal College of Defense Studies in 1991, he returned to Pakistan, where he continued to secure a two-star promotion and held the command of the 40th Division, as its Commanding Officer.
He was later promoted to four-star general under Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in 1998. However, their relationship soured after his active role in the Kargil War, which worsened the relationship between India and Pakistan in 1999.
The failed attempt by Nawaz Sharif to exile Musharraf to India led him to appeal for a personal escort to Saudi Arabia under a contract that forced him to leave his Chair.
After President Rafiq Tarar’s resignation, Musharraf appointed himself as the President of the nation. During his presidency, he was highly involved in scandals about the building of nuclear weapons.
He tried to defame the Pakistani physicist Abdul Qadeer Khan, with whom he grew closer in connection with the making of nuclear missiles. The investigation regarding the case backfired when Khan accused Musharraf as he was the “Big Boss” of the entire agenda.
This weakens the presidency’s power as it has caused nationwide public outrage in the nation. However, he remained in the position until 2008, when he announced his resignation and was exiled to London to avoid any charges against him.
He returned to Pakistan in 2013 seeking the presidency, though he was declared disqualified from contesting elections. later, he was accused of the charges of framing two judges and linking them to the murder of Benazir Bhutto.
The verdict for the case sentenced him to death, but considering his illness, his death sentence was ruled out. Ever since then, he was lived in Dubai in self-imposed exile.
How Did He Die?
He was undergoing treatment in several hospitals in London and Dubai for a rare disease and a serious illness named amyloidosis.
His sickness was first disclosed in October 2018. It is believed that Musharraf died at the age of 79 due to his illness. He was also hospitalized a year before his death.
Pervez Musharraf’s Net Worth
The Pakistani politician and military personnel almost earned every single one by serving the nation.
The reported estimation of Pakistani former president Pervez Musharaff’s net worth is around $2 million.