Thousands gathered in Pakistan on Friday for the funeral of former military leader Pervez Musharraf. The four-star general and former president, who died at the age of 79 on Friday, was buried with full military honors in his hometown of Karachi.
Musharraf led Pakistan from 1999 to 2008, and was the country’s longest-serving leader since its independence in 1947. He was seen as a strong leader who brought stability to the country during a turbulent period.
Musharraf’s funeral began with a 21-gun salute at his residence in Karachi. His coffin was draped in a Pakistani flag and carried by army officers. A procession of mourners, including Pakistan’s president and prime minister, followed the coffin as it was taken to the graveyard.
At the graveyard, a large crowd of admirers, family, and friends gathered to pay their final respects. A prayer service was held in Musharraf’s honor, and he was buried with full military honors.
Musharraf’s legacy has been a source of controversy in Pakistan. He was praised for his role in bringing stability to the country, but he also faced criticism for his heavy-handed tactics and his decision to impose military rule in 1999.