The Controversial Legacy of Pervez Musharraf

1999 Military Coup 

Musharraf   overthrew the democratically elected government of Prime Minister Nawaz   Sharif in a military coup, which was widely criticized.

Persecution of the Judiciary 

Musharraf was accused of suppressing the independence of the judiciary and removing Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry from office in 2007.

Kargil Conflict 

Musharraf was criticized for launching the Kargil Conflict in 1999, a military conflict between Pakistan and India over the disputed region of Kashmir,  Resulting heavy casualties on both sides. 

War on Terror 

Musharraf was widely criticized for his role in the U.S.-led War on Terror, which led to the killing of thousands of civilians and widespread human rights abuses in Pakistan. 

Bhutto Assassination Case 

Facing charges in connection to the 2007 assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. 

State of Emergency 

In 2007,   Musharraf declared a state of emergency, suspended the constitution, and   arrested opposition leaders, which was widely criticized.

Corruption Allegations 

Musharraf was criticized for his role in human rights abuses, including extrajudicial killings, forced disappearances, and torture, during his presidency. 

Begins self-imposed exile in Dubai 

In 2015, Pervez Musharraf began a self-imposed exile in Dubai, where he lived until his passing in 2023 at the age of 79, following a long bout of illness.