Mushar­raf suf­fer­ing from amy­loi­do­sis, has dif­fi­culty stand­ing and walk­ing: APML leader

The Miracle - - Pakistan/Sports - Source: Dawn.com

For­mer pres­i­dent retired Gen­eral Pervez Mushar­raf is said to be suf­fer­ing from a rare dis­ease amy­loi­do­sis, DawnNewsTV re­ported on Wed­nes­day, cit­ing All Pak­istan Mus­lim League (APML) Over­seas Pres­i­dent Afzaal Sid­diqui. Last month, for­mer APML chair­per­son Dr Muham­mad Am­jad had re­vealed that Mushar­raf was “grow­ing weaker rapidly” due to an un­spec­i­fied ill­ness and can­not re­turn to Pak­istan to face the trea­son case against him. The APML leader had then re­fused to pro­vide de­tails about Mushar­raf ’s new ail­ment, say­ing the party would soon sub­mit med­i­cal doc­u­ments to Chief Jus­tice Saqib Nisar. How­ever, Sid­diqui dis­closed Mushar­raf ’s ill­ness on Wed­nes­day, say­ing the for­mer gen­eral’s con­di­tion has “weak­ened his ner­vous sys­tem”, and that he is cur­rently be­ing treated in Lon­don. ”Due to amy­loi­do­sis, bro­ken pro­tein starts get­ting de­posited in var­i­ous or­gans,” he ex­plained. “[As a re­sult] Pervez Mushar­raf has dif­fi­culty in stand­ing and walk­ing.” The APML said that amy­loi­do­sis can lead to “ar­ter­ies of heart and brain to choke up, which could prove to be life-threat­en­ing”. Sid­diqui said that doc­tors have “man­aged to stop the pro­duc­tion of bro­ken pro­tein” in Mushar­raf ’s sys­tem and “are now try­ing to cleanse his body”. He fur­ther said that Mushar­raf ’s treat­ment could con­tinue up to five or six months, adding that the for­mer pres­i­dent has “ap­pealed to the na­tion to pray for him”. Upon his full re­cov­ery, Sid­diqui said, Mushar­raf in­tends to re­turn to Pak­istan. On March 31, 2014, Mushar­raf was in­dicted for sus­pend­ing the Con­sti­tu­tion on Novem­ber 3, 2007. He, how­ever, left the coun­try in March 2016, for Dubai to “seek med­i­cal treat­ment” and hasn’t re­turned since.

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