Former Pakistani President Rafik Taller dies at age 92

Lahore, Pakistan — Former Pakistani judge Rafik Tallah, who served as president of the country from 1997 to 2001, died on Monday after a 92-year-old long-term illness in the eastern city of Lahore.

Taller’s grandson, Azam Taller, announced on Twitter that his grandfather had died.

Pakistan’s President Alifu Ali, Prime Minister Imran Khan, and prominent politicians have expressed their grief with General Kamal Jabido Bajuwa, the country’s military director.

Taller was elected president of the country after the party of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif supported him in the 1997 presidential election. Taller was Sharif’s best friend who won the parliamentary elections in 1997.

Sharif was expelled from power in 1999 by former military dictator Pervez Musharraf in a bloodless coup. However, Musharraf allowed him to continue working as president until he resigned and replaced him in 2001.

Musharraf is now voluntarily in exile in Dubai after his supporters were forced to resign in 2008 when he lost the parliamentary elections. Sharif, ordered by the court in 2017 on suspicion of corruption, has been in exile in London.

Associated Press