Ex Pakistani President Rafiq Tarar dies at 92
Ex Pakistani President Rafiq Tarar dies at 92

Lahore: Rafiq Tarar, a former Pakistani judge who was President from 1997 to 2001, died on Monday at the age of 92 in the eastern city of Lahore after a long illness. Tarar's grandson, Azam Tarar, announced his grandfather's death on Twitter. Pakistan's President Arif Ali, Prime Minister Imran Khan, and other major lawmakers, as well as the country's military head, Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa, expressed their sorrow.

Tarar was elected president of Pakistan after former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's party backed him in the 1997 presidential election. Tarar was a close friend of Nawaz Sharif, who was elected to parliament in 1997.

Pervez Musharraf, a former military ruler, deposed Sharif in a bloodless coup in 1999. Musharraf, on the other hand, enabled Tarar to remain President until 2001, when he pushed Tarar to quit and succeeded him.

Musharraf is currently in self-imposed exile in Dubai, having been forced to quit in 2008 after his supporters lost parliamentary elections. Sharif has been living in exile in London since a court ordered him out in 2017 on corruption charges. 

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