Musharraf’s family had clarified on Friday that he was not on a ventilator but had been hospitalised for the last three weeks.
The family had issued the statement after false news of his demise started circulating on social media after some Pakistani and Indian publications carried it.
The retired general’s illness came to light in 2018 when the All Pakistan Muslim League announced that he was suffering from the rare disease amyloidosis.
Amyloidosis is the name for a group of rare, serious conditions caused by a build-up of an abnormal protein called amyloid in organs and tissues throughout the body. The build-up of amyloid proteins (deposits) can make it difficult for the organs and tissues to work properly.
Earlier today, Inter-Services Public Relations Director General Major General Babar Iftikhar confirmed that Musharraf’s family was in contact with the military regarding his mooted return to Pakistan. He said that Musharraf’s return to Pakistan from UAE was a decision for his family and doctors to make.
“The institution and its leadership have the stance that he should come back,” he said.
Defence Minister Khawaja Asif on Saturday had also expressed support for the notion of Musharraf’s return, saying that there should be no obstacle to his coming back.
Asif said on Twitter that “past events should not bear in the matter” and prayed for the former military ruler’s health so he could live his remaining life with dignity.