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‘A great man dies’: Pakistanis praise former leader Musharraf

Pervez Musharraf, the four-star general who ruled Pakistan for nearly a decade after seizing power in a bloodless coup in 1999, died in hospital after a long illness after spending years in self-imposed exile, Pakistan media reported on Sunday. Musharraf, 79, enjoyed strong support for many years— his greatest threat was al-Qaeda and other militant Islamists who tried to kill him at least three times. But people interviewed by Reuters in Karachi and Islamabad on Sunday had positive views of the former ruler.