Pervez Musharraf

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Musharraf, Pervez

(pĕrvās` mo͞oshär`rŭf), 1943–, Pakistani army officer, president of Pakistan (2001–), b. Delhi. After the partition of British India, his family resettled in Karachi, Pakistan; he spent (1949–56) some of his childhood in Turkey, where his father was posted as a diplomat. He entered the Pakistan Military Academy in 1961 and became (1964) an artillery officer, rising through the ranks to major general (1991), lieutenant general (1995), and general and chief of army staff (1998). In 1999 he became chairman of the joint chiefs of staff committee.

In Oct., 1999, Prime Minister Nawaz SharifSharif, Nawaz
, 1949–, Pakistani politician; grad. Government College, Lahore; Punjab Univ. Law College. Born into a prominent Lahore business family, he was by 1980 director of one of Pakistan's largest industrial conglomerates.
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 attempted to remove Musharraf by refusing his returning flight landing rights in Pakistan. The move led to a coup by Musharraf, who became chief executive; he appointed himself president 20 months later. A controversial referendum in 2002 extended his rule for five years. Musharraf was reelected in 2007, but his right to run while still army chief was challenged; before the supreme court could rule, he suspended the constitution, declared emergency rule, and dismissed the court members who seemed likely to rule against him. After the challenges were dismissed, he resigned (Nov., 2007) as army chief.

The subsequent election victory (Feb., 2008) by opposition parties and the establishment of an opposition coalition government undermined his position, and after the coalition, at the instigation of Sharif, moved to impeach him, he resigned from office (Aug., 2008). A declared supporter of a democratic, nonfundamentalist Islamic Pakistan and a supporter as well of the U.S. war on terror, Musharraf twice was the target of assassination attempts while president. After resigning, he went into self-imposed exile in 2009 and did not return to Pakistan until 2013; he was then disqualified from running for office. He subsequently was charged with treason and in connection with Benazir BhuttoBhutto, Benazir
, 1953–2007, prime minister of Pakistan (1988–90; 1993–96), daughter of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. Educated at Radcliffe and Oxford, she returned to Pakistan shortly before her father was overthrown by General Zia ul-Haq in 1977.
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's assassination and other deaths and actions; he was acquitted in one case in 2016. He left Pakistan in 2016, alledgedly for medical treatment, after his travel restrictions were lifted.


See his memoirs (2006).

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ISLAMABAD -- The Special Court (SC) would hear on Friday high treason case against General (retd) Pervaiz Musharraf who declared a state of emergency on November 3, 2007 during which time the constitution was suspended.
The petitioners including former prime minister Shaukat Aziz, former law minister Zahid Hamid, and former chief justice of Pakistan Abdul Hameed Dogar challenged their nomination ordered by a Special Court to try them as abettor in the high treason case initiated against former President, General (retd) Pervaiz Musharraf on the act of imposition emergency in the country on November 3, 2007.
retd) Pervaiz Musharraf and Pakistan Muslim LeagueFunctional (PMLF) leader Pir Pagara in Karachi.
Karachi, May 03 ( ANI ): Pakistani all-rounder Shahid Khan Afridi reportedly met former President General Pervaiz Musharraf at the latter's house in Karachi.
A PR official has revealed on Monday in Islamabad that the department now operates business with 137 locomotives, which were acquired during Gen Pervaiz Musharraf government from China.
Islamabad Former president Pervaiz Musharraf has rejected claims that his policies led to the crippling energy crisis in Pakistan.
KARACHI, June 9 -- Former President Pervaiz Musharraf is responsible for the killings of hundreds of innocent people including Akbar Bugti, Benazir Bhutto and incident of Red mosque.
The book includes the memoirs of Pakistan's former President General Pervaiz Musharraf.
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