Race against time

WASHINGTON, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- The war on terrorism must be prosecuted more urgently -- and it may need a stronger ground dimension -- if weapons-of-mass destruction attacks on the United Sta

UN envoy probes peace in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- The U.N. envoy for Afghanistan, Lakhdar Brahimi, arrives in Pakistan Sunday on a mission that many consider the most difficult task the world body has ever unde

US presses case for Taliban moderates

WASHINGTON, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell still held out the possibility Sunday that there are "many people within the Taliban movement" who may become part of a new
NICHOLAS M. HORROCK, Chief White House Correspondent

A nuclear southwest Asia?

PRINCETON, N.J., Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Before Sept. 11, South Asia's problems were legion: over a billion people, most of them desperately poor; a history of war and violent conflicts; rising religio
ZIA MIAN, Special to United Press International

Analysis: US Afghans seek bombing halt

FREMONT, Calif., Oct. 17 (UPI) -- Although the largest Afghan community in the United States outwardly appears to support the American military effort in their homeland with jingoistic flag disp

Bush to seek $1.5 billion for bioterrorism

WASHINGTON, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- President Bush on Monday was expected to ask Congress for an additional $1.5 billion to fight bioterrorism as the United States enters its second week of bombar
KATHY A. GAMBRELL, White House Reporter

Far Horizon: Bookends

WASHINGTON, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- The United States and its allies have begun the military campaign in Afghanistan against Osama bin Laden. At this stage, it is unknowable when bin Laden and his
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Pervez Musharraf
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (2nd-L) and his Pakistani counterpart Pervez Musharraf (R) listen national anthems of their countries during an official welcoming ceremony for Ahmadinejad, in Islamabad, Pakistan on April 28, 2008. (UPI Photo/HO)

Pervez Musharraf (Urdu: پرویز مشرف, born 11 August 1943), is a retired four star general who served as the 13th Chief of Army Staff and 10th President of Pakistan as well as 10th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee. Musharraf headed and led an administrative military government from October 1999 till August 2007. He ruled Pakistan as Chief Executive from 1999–2001 and as President from 2001-08. In the face of impeachment, he resigned on 18 August 2008.

After years of military service, he rose to prominence when Prime Minister Navaz Sharif appointed him Chief of Army Staff in October 1998 when he super headed three most senior generals, notable General Ali Kuli Khan. Sharif appointed him as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, despite he was unqualified for the post as of the merit. This appointment of Sharif forced Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Fasih Bokhari to resign from the Navy who was rightfully deserving officer for this assignment. Musharraf was the strategic mastermind behind the Kargil infiltration and the provided a vital support to unannounced Pakistan war in Afghanistan where he sent thousands of Pakistan Army's young soldiers and paramilitary staff to participate in the war against the Northern Alliance. After months of contentious relations, he took power through a bloodless military coup on Sharif's democratically elected government, and placed in under house-arrest later shifted him Adiala Jail.

As Pakistan's head of state, he was a U.S. ally in the War on Terror. He was credited with the development of Pakistan's economy during the early years of his rule. His limited popularity suffered after his suspension of the Supreme Court Chief Justice and the Lal Masjid siege. His attempt to institute emergency rule failed as calls for his impeachment escalated. The return of Benazir Bhutto and Navaz Sharif from exile fast-tracked the nation towards parliamentary democracy ending Musharraf's reign.

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