Final farewell: Pakistan’s former military ruler Pervez Musharraf laid to rest in Karachi


KARACHI – Several prominent personalities, ranging from former top military to politicians, gathered at Karachi’s Polo Ground to attend the final rites of the country’s last military ruler Pervez Musharraf, who breathed his last on Sunday.

Musharraf, whose last remains were brought to his homeland late on Monday, was laid to rest at an army cemetery today after his funeral prayers were offered in the Malir Cantt area of Sindh’s capital.

His last rites were kept under wraps, in light of family privacy and the security of VVIPs.  The former military leader will be laid to rest at a military graveyard in the port city later today.

Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Gen Sahir Shamshad Mirza, former army chiefs General retd Qamar Javed Bajwa, Ashfaq Pervaz Kiyani, Mustafa Kamal, Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui and others attended the funeral prayers held under tight security.

Late Monday, a special aircraft carrying the mortal remains of the former President landed in Pakistan; the family members – his widow and children – arrived with the former COAS.

The former top commander succumbed to amyloidosis, a rare disease. Before returning to his homeland, his body was given ritual washing and shrouding in UAE.

Condolences poured in following his death, and several politicians including Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, his elder brother Nawaz Sharif, Imran Khan, and others condoled his death.

As the discussion on the legacy of the country’s former President continues to be in debate, most of the political career of late military man was defined by its extremes.

Known for seizing power in a bloodless coup, the former four-star general went on to survive several assassination attempts. Years after the end of his regime, he was allowed to leave to receive medical treatment, but he never returned, until breathing his last in early Feb 2023.

Pakistan’s former President Pervez Musharraf passes away