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Who is Pervez Musharraf?

October 14, 1999
Web posted at: 12:54 a.m. HKT (1654 GMT)

Personal

Born in 1943 in New Delhi before India gained independence from Great Britain, Gen. Pervez Musharraf migrated with his family to Karachi, Pakistan, in 1947 as Pakistan became a nation. Musharraf is married and has a son and a daughter, both married. His son and a brother live in the United States.

Military career

Musharraf joined the Pakistani army in 1964 and trained as a commando at the military academy of Kakul. He was awarded a medal for gallantry during Pakistan's 1965 war with India, and served as a commando in the 1971 war with India. Between 1971 and 1995, Musharraf held several different positions, including commanding armored divisions and infantry brigades. He was commander of Mangla in Punjab, near the India border, in 1995, and appointed head of the army in October 1998.

Political ambitions

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Analysts see the general as a political moderate who supports economic reforms. His sudden rise to power at the head of Tuesday's coup came about after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif tried to fire him over disagreements about Sharif's policies. Of particular concern was Sharif's decision to end this summer's Islamic incursion into India, widely believed to have been orchestrated by Musharraf. He has kept a distance from the Islamic rebels, however, except to encourage their fight in Kashmir.

Source: Reuters and The Associated Press.



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