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Musharraf moved with his family from New Delhi to Karachi in 1947, when Pakistan was separated from India. The son of a career diplomat, he lived in Turkey during 1949–56. He joined the army in 1964, graduated from the Army Command and Staff College in Quetta, and attended the Royal College of Defence Studies in London. He held a number of appointments in the artillery, the infantry, and commando units and also taught at the Staff College in Quetta and in the War Wing of the National Defence College. He fought in Pakistan’s 1965 and 1971 wars with India.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif appointed him head of the armed forces in October 1998. Musharraf is believed to have played a key role in the invasion of the Indian-administered portion of the disputed Kashmir region in the summer of 1999. Under international pressure, Sharif later ordered the troops to pull back to Pakistani-controlled territory, a move that angered the military.

On October 12, 1999, while Musharraf was out of the country, Sharif dismissed him and tried to prevent the plane carrying Musharraf home from landing at the Karachi airport. The armed forces, however, took control of the airport and other government installations and deposed Sharif, paving the way for Musharraf to become head of a military government. Although he was generally considered to hold moderate views and promised an eventual return to civilian rule, Musharraf suspended the constitution and dissolved parliament.

He formed the National Security Council, made up of civilian and military appointees, to run Pakistan in the interim. In early 2001 he assumed the presidency and later attempted to negotiate an agreement with India over the Kashmir region. Following the September 11 attacks in 2001 in the United States and the subsequent U.S. invasion of Afghanistan later that year, the U.S. government cultivated close ties with Musharraf in an attempt to root out Islamic extremists in the Afghan-Pakistan border region.

Court forms judicial commission to record Musharraf’s statement

ISLAMABAD: A special court on Monday ordered formation of a judicial commission after former president Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf declined to record his statement via video link in high treason case. The commission will go abroad to record Musharraf's statement in accordance with Section 342 of the Code of Criminal Procedure. Former president has been out of the country since March 2016. The lawyer informed a special bench comprising Justice Yawar Ali, Justice Tahira Safdar and Justice Nazar Akbar seized with a…

Interior Ministry receives resignation of Musharraf treason case prosecutor

ISLAMABAD: The Interior Ministry on Saturday received the resignation of lead prosecutor, Muhammad Akram Sheikh, in the high treason Musharraf case. On July 31, prosecution head Mohammad Akram Sheikh had tendered his resignation in the treason case against ex president and chief of army staff general (r) Pervez Musharraf. He has apparently resigned from the case because of personal reasons. A new prosecutor will be appointed by the new government. Akram Sheik was made the lead prosecutor in Pakistan Muslim…

Zardari says Musharraf does not intend to return to Pakistan

KARACHI: Former president Asif Zardari on Thursday said Chairman All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) and former military ruler Pervez Musharraf did not intend to return to Pakistan, ARY News reported. "The Commando will not return. Musharraf says he will participate in politics, while he does not return to the country. Then how will he do politics," he asked while talking to media. He said Musharraf, who did not provide them security, was himself feeling threatened now. While, Pervez Musharraf has said that he was all…

I pray that Imran Khan gets elected, says Sheikh Rasheed

RAWALPINDI: President of the Awami Muslim League (AML), Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed, has advised former president Pervez Musharraf not to return to Pakistan. Talking to the media after offering Eid prayers in Rawalpindi, Rasheed said it was his free advice to Musharraf that he should not return to the country. Commenting on the general elections 2018, the AML chief said that he prays that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan is elected. Rasheed expressed his optimism of securing at least 0.1 million votes in the 2018…

Former CJ not Raheel Sharif deserves credit for relief, says Musharraf

DUBAI/KARACHI: Taking back his earlier statement, former military dictator Pervez Musharraf on Thursday said that former army chief Raheel Sharif cannot be credited for helping him leave country for "medical treatment", ARY News reported.  Speaking exclusively to ARY News, the former president maintained that crediting Raheel Sharif for helping him get the relief from court was just a "slip of tongue". "I just said that by mistake, I have never spoken to Raheel Sharif directly, it was all indirect (communication), I…

Is demanding respect for vote treason? Maryam Nawaz asks Buner

BUNER: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Maryam Nawaz on Monday said that her father, former premier Nawaz Sharif, is now being termed a traitor after opponents failed to curtail the popularity of his "narrative demanding respect for vote", ARY News reported. "They disqualified him for life, then removed from party leadership.. but as all these moves failed to diminish his popularity among the masses, they are now using the treason card (against Nawaz Sharif)," said Maryam during a party rally in Buner…

Pervez Musharraf to return to Pakistan, face trial: APML

ISLAMABAD: Former military ruler and APML chairman General (retd) Pervez Musharraf has decided to return to Pakistan and face cases against him in courts, ARY News reported on Friday.  All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) secretary general Muhammad Amjad told media today Pervez Musharraf will return to country in April and will face all the cases against him including a treason case being heard by a special court. Amjad added that Musharraf has summoned a high-level party meeting in Dubai on March 21 to discuss his…