Pakistani former President Pervez Musharraf is dead

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Pakistan’s former president Pervez Musharraf has died after a prolonged illness at a hospital in Dubai. He was 79.

Musharraf, a four-star general, ruled Pakistan for nearly a decade after seizing power in a bloodless coup in 1999.

He took power by ousting then prime minister, Nawaz Sharif after relations between the two leaders had deteriorated considerably.

He had survived numerous assassination attempts, and found himself on the front line of the struggle between militant Islamists and the West.

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