Pervez Musharraf admitted to Dubai hospital

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According to the party, the former president has been advised complete bed rest by doctors till his full recovery.

Pakistan’s former military ruler Pervez Musharraf

Islamabad: Pakistan’s former military ruler Pervez Musharraf has been admitted to a hospital in Dubai after suffering a reaction from a rare disease that has weakened his nervous system, his party said.

Musharraf, 75, who has been living in Dubai since March 2016, is facing treason case for suspending the Constitution in 2007, a punishable offence for which he was indicted in 2014. A conviction for high treason carries the death penalty or life imprisonment.

The former army chief left for Dubai for medical treatment and has not returned since, citing security and health reasons.

Musharraf was rushed to the hospital as an emergency on Saturday night after his condition suddenly worsened, All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) Secretary-General Mehrene Adam Malik said on Sunday.

APML Overseas president Afzaal Siddiqui said Musharraf suffered a reaction from amyloidosis, a rare condition for which the former president has been receiving medical care.

According to the party, the former president has been advised complete bed rest by doctors till his full recovery.

Siddiqui informed about Musharraf's illness in October last year, saying the former president's disease has “weakened his nervous system”. At the time, he was being treated for the condition in London.

“Due to amyloidosis, broken protein starts getting deposited in various organs,” Siddiqui said. “[As a result] Pervez Musharraf has difficulty in standing and walking.”    

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