Former President Pervez Musharraf with his mother Zarin Musharraf - File Photo

APP DigitalBegum Zareen Musharraf, the mother of former President General (Retd) Pervez Musharraf passed away in Dubai Friday, after a protracted illness.

She was over 100 years old and was critically ill since 2013.

All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) Secretary-General Mehreen Malik in a statement said that Zareen Begum would be buried in Dubai. She described Ms Zareen as “an elegant lady blessed with a great personality.”

“Her departure is a big loss for Pakistan and former President Pervez Musharraf and his family,” she said in a tweet.

Late Begum Zareen had three sons; Dr. Javed Musharraf (an Economist), Dr. Naved Musharraf (an Anaestheologist), and Pervez Musharraf (former President of Pakistan). Born in Lucknow in 1920s, she was a Masters in English Literature and was residing with Pervez Musharraf in the United Arab Emirates.

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Condolences poured in from all quarters soon after the news broke out. Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa expressed his “heartfelt condolences” in a message.

Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry in a condolence message described her as “a loving mother”. He said despite many odds, “she raised her children to achieve high goals in their careers. May her soul rest in peace.”

 

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Dr Amjad Saqib, Chairman of Pakistan’s largest interest-free Microfinance organization prayed for the departed soul and recalled how she had donated “a substantial amount to Akhuwat” in 2007, as a philanthropist.