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    Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan Martial Ruler in 9/11 Wars, Dies

    Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan Martial Ruler in 9/11 Wars, Dies

    (AP) — Gen. Pervez Musharraf, who seized power in a bloodless coup and later led a reluctant into aiding the U.S. war in Afghanistan against the Taliban, has died, officials said Sunday. He was 79.

    Musharraf, a former special forces commando, became president through the last of a string of coups that roiled Pakistan since its founding amid the bloody 1947 partition of India. He ruled the nuclear-armed state after his 1999 coup through tensions with India, an atomic proliferation scandal and an Islamic extremist insurgency. He stepped down in 2008 while facing possible impeachment.

    Later in life, Musharraf lived in self-imposed exile in to avoid criminal charges, despite attempting a political comeback in 2012. But it wasn't to be as his poor health plagued his last years. He maintained a soldier's fatalism after avoiding a violent death that always seemed to be stalking him as Islamic militants twice targeted him for assassination.

    “I have confronted death and defied it several times in the past because destiny and fate have always smiled on me,” Musharraf once wrote. “I only pray that I have more than the proverbial nine lives of a cat.”

    Musharraf's family announced in June 2022 that he had been hospitalized for weeks in Dubai while suffering from amyloidosis, an incurable condition that sees proteins build up in the body's organs. They later said he also needed access…

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