A photo of former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf has raised serious concerns among netizens. The photo was shared on the All Pakistan Muslim League’s Twitter handle in which Musharraf can be seen quite ill and weak.
On Sunday, the photo was shared on APML’s social media with the caption,
“We are requesting you all to pray for the health and security of General Pervez Musharraf. Thank you.”
آپ سب لوگوں سے درخواست ہے جنرل پرویز مشرف صاحب کی زندگی صحت سلامتی کے لئے دعا کریں.
جزاک اللہ pic.twitter.com/xmgcVCsLB6
— Pakistan First (@APMLOfficial_) February 28, 2021
The retired general is seeking medical treatment in Dubai. However, this very photo has raised general concerns regarding his health on social media.
Federal Minister for Science and Technology, Fawad Chaudhry also shared the picture and wished him good health.
“Wishing you best of health Mr President good to see you smiling you have fought for Pakistan all your life prayers and best wishes,” he wrote.
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) March 1, 2021
As the photo surfaced on the web, netizens are divided. While some are hailing Pervez Musharraf as their hero, others are hoping that he gets well soon just so that he can ‘face the courts of Pakistan.’
— Abdul Rehman Tiwana (@GCAbdulRehman) March 1, 2021
— saad malik (@saadmalik89) February 27, 2021
Though "annulled" by the Lahore High Court, one special court has proven him a traitor and sentenced him to death (one judge wanted to drag him to D Chowk and hang him for 3 days in his note)
— Zeeshan Khattak (@khattak) March 1, 2021
It's courteous to wish good health on everyone but it is criminal to whitewash someone's crimes by drawing sympathy towards them. @P_Musharraf held Constitution in abeyance, infringed rights of every citizen, started trend of missing persons, murdered Nawab Bugti, list goes on…
— M. Jibran Nasir (@MJibranNasir) March 1, 2021
On December 17, 2019, the retired four-star general was sentenced to death by a special bench in a treason case under Article 6 of the Constitution. The law states that any person who abrogates or suspends the Constitution “by use of force or show of force” is guilty of high treason.
The PML-N government had filed the treason case against Musharraf over his decision to impose an extra-constitutional emergency in November 2007.
Musharraf was indicted in the case in March 2014 for suspending the Constitution in 2007. In 2016, he left Pakistan to seek medical treatment in Dubai and hasn’t returned since.