Musharraf passed away

DUBAI : Former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf passed away in a Dubai hospital at the age of 79, his family confirmed on Sunday. The former military ruler was undergoing treatment for an ailment at American Hospital Dubai.Musharraf was born on August 11, 1943 in Delhi, British India. He got his commission from the Pakistan Military Academy Kakul on April 19, 1961.

Upon getting his commission, the former dictator joined the special services group.The military ruler also took part in the 1965 and 1971 wars. He was promoted to the rank of general in 1998 and took over as the chief of army staff (COAS). A year later on October 12, 1999, Gen (retd) Musharraf usurped power in a coup d'etat.Musharraf remained the longest-serving president of Pakistan as he took after taking over the country's reins. He was elected as the president through a referendum in 2002 and remained in office till 2008.