GILGIT (ET): A staunch supporter and fan of former president Pervez Musharraf suffered a heart attack and died after hearing the news of the ex-army chief’s arrest orders.
The retired general has been facing legal challenges since he returned to Pakistan in March.
Kacho Nisar, 30, was watching the events unfold surrounding the arrest orders issued by the Islamabad High Court on his television from Basho village, a valley in Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B), when he suffered a heart attack, said Gulam Ali, a resident of Skardu. The incident could not be immediately reported due to poor communication facilities in the village.
“We were informed about the tragedy by the relatives of the deceased,” said Manzoor Yoltar, the chief organiser of the All Pakistan Muslim League (APML), the former president’s party.
Musharraf’s arrest was ordered after his bail plea was rejected in the judges’ confinement case. He was later taken to his Chak Shehzad farm house in Islamabad, which was declared as a sub-jail.
In Basho village, which is about 250 kilometers from Gilgit and 50 kilometers from Skardu, TV programmes are accessible through dish antennas. The village lacks mobile or telephone services, however.
As the news of Nisar’s death got out, APML’s regional leaders, including Muzaffar Parvi, Ali Arman and Ali Haider, paid a visit to Nisar’s house for condolences and to pay tribute.
“The former president is being humiliated and this is something Musharraf’s fans and lovers cannot endure,” said Yoltar, adding the plight of Musharraf shocked Nisar and he died out of grief.
During Musharraf’s rule, G-B witnessed mega-development projects, including the establishment of the Karakoram International University.