Former president General (r) Pervez Musharraf’s health suddenly deteriorated today, causing him to be shifted to the Dubai American Hospital. Media reports said that Musharraf has been restricted from meeting or talking to anyone. Musharraf has been ill for a while now, and in March it was revealed he was suffering from Amyloidosis.

Earlier, a special court while accepting Pervez Musharraf’s request to postpone the hearing of high treason case against him adjourned the hearing till June 12.

During the hearing, Pervez Musharraf’s counsel Salman Safdar had informed the court that his client is unable to walk and he also could not speak well. Counsel Salman Safdar further said that Pervez Musharraf had tried to come to Pakistan but he could not due to illness. He said that the former president has been admitted in the hospital forty times in the last two years.

Musharraf is a polarizing figure in Pakistan, currently standing trial for High Treason for his role in the suspension of the constitution in 2007. Many view him has as military dictator that clung onto power, while others view him as a man who stepped in when it was needed and brought Pakistan into the modern age. However you view him, this is still pretty sad. Our thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family.