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Pervez Musharraf

About Pervez Musharraf

Pervez Musharraf is a former President of Pakistan. Asif Ali Zardari took over as the Pakistan President after Musharraf has been forced from the military leadership and the presidency.

Professional Biography

As Pakistan President

Mushrraf, when he was the President, has rejected the death sentence mercy plea by Sarabjit Singh, an India, who is believed to be involved in Lahore blasts.

Mushrraf continued the tradition of taking a delegation of heads of states and the media on his foreign visits.

Relationship with India

Musharraf made his best efforts to have a dialogue with India to resolve the Kashmir issue. In January 6, 2004, Musharraf promised former Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee on the sidelines of the 12th SAARC Summit that Pakistan would not allow its land to be used for anti-India or terror-related activities.

Few experts accused Mushraff of many wrong doings, and added that his policies, like policies of General Zia ul Haq, proved to be disastrous for Pakistan. His proposals on Kashmir were designed to divide Kashmir on religious lines, but His proposals on Kashmir were disliked and opposed by true nationalists.

Relationshi with United States

In September 09, media reported Musharraf met his good old friend and former US President George W. Bush in Washington.

Role in nabbing Osama bin Laden

A book by US Central Command (CENTCOM) commander Tommy Frank's deputy Lt. Gen. Mike DeLong in his book 'Inside Centcom' revealed that Musharraf said he couldn't deploy toops near cave complex in the Tora Bora, because it would spark a 'civil war' with a hostile tribal population. The CIA, at that time had information that Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden is in the cave complex.

Attacks on Musharraf

In October 2007, Musharraf escaped unhurt when an helicopter escorting him crashed in Pakistan-administered Kashmir. Mursaleen is believed to be the man behind the attack on Musharraf at Nishtar Park in Rawalpindi.

Personal Biography


Musharraf said he is receiving invitations from several foreign institutes and NGOs to present lectures and that he would start the visits only when matters related to the invitations were finalized. He spends most of his time in playing tennis, squash and bridge, besides meeting a lot of people. He condemned the Marriott hotel suicide blast, saying the military operations against militants should continue, and that the Bajaur operation has started to produce results. In November 08, he announced he will deliver a lecture at the Oxford University in December 08 / January 09.

Re-entry into active politics

Speaking to close friends in October 08, Musharraf expressed intention to enter into active politics and to lead former ruling party PML-Q. A Senior PPP warned Musharraf of entering active politics saying that if he tried to re-enter the political arena, he should be ready to face consequences for the crimes he committed during his tenure. In November 08, he said that he has no intentions of returning to the political arena any time soon.

Return to Pakistan

In September 09, Musharraf said he will return to Pakistan under pleasant conditions. Earlier, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) had accused the United States and Britain of playing a part in facilitating a 'safe exit' for Musharraf in 2008.

All Pakistan Muslim League

Musharraf is contemplating staging a come back on the political stage of the country, and has even registered a political party by the name of All Pakistan Muslim League, but veteran politicians and experts believe that it is unlikely that the former general would take a flight back home from London, where he is living in an unannounced exile.

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Pervez Musharraf in News

Musharraf having 'pretty great' life in exile from Pakistan
Former Pakistani leader Pervez Musharraf has said that his life in exile was pretty great, as he travelled around the world and gave speeches to enthusiastic audiences, but added that he would nevertheless risk his life to return to his home country out of a sense of duty.

Musharraf 'tried to convince Iran to make peace with Israel, abandon nuke ambitions'
Former Pakistani leader Pervez Musharraf has said that he tried valiantly as president to convince Iran to make peace with Israel and abandon its nuclear ambitions.

Musharraf compares 2001 Pak military coup to Abraham Lincoln's saving state in Civil War
Former Pakistani leader Pervez Musharraf has said that he will return to his home country next year to help save the failing state, even as he compared his 2001 military coup to the actions of Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War.

Family expects no justice as Bugti trial opens against Musharraf
Slain Balochistan Governor Nawab Akbar Bugti's family has said they don't expect any kind of fair treatment from the government.

Peshawar HC tells Musharraf's counsel to present 'agreement allowing drone strikes'
The Peshawar High Court has directed the counsel for former president Pervez Musharraf to thoroughly study international laws pertaining to drone strikes to help the court declare a proper verdict.

'Unelected elites' have delivered blow to Pak democracy with 'judicial coup': Report
A well-known American newspaper, referring to the disqualification of Yousuf Raza Gilani as Pakistan's premier by the Supreme Court, has said that "unelected elites" have delivered a blow to Pakistan's democracy with judicial coup.

No secret agreement signed with U.S. allowing drone strikes, says Pak MoD
The Pakistan Ministry of Defence through an affidavit submitted in the Peshawar High Court (PHC) has claimed that neither the federal government nor the top brass of the armed forces have inked any secret agreement with the United States to allow drone attacks in the tribal areas.

Musharraf's protracted self-exile leaves loyalists disillusioned
Some leaders of the All Pakistan Muslim League (APML), headed by former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf, are said to be facing mounting uncertainty.

Nawaz Sharif claims India copied Pak reforms in '90s
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif, has said India copied his government's initiatives in the 1990s.

FIA seeks Musharraf's trial in absentia in Bhutto assassination case
Pakistan authorities have reportedly filed a petition in an anti-terrorist court seeking former president General Pervez Musharraf's trial in absentia in connection with the assassination of ex-premier Benazir Bhutto.

Soon-to-return Musharraf calls for fresh elections in Pak under army supervision
Former Pakistan President and All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) chief Pervez Musharraf has called for general elections to steer the country out of crisis, adding that the elections should be held under the supervision of the army.

Foreign journalist's statement to become part of Bhutto's murder case
The Pakistan's anti-terrorism court's best judge Shahid Rafiq has accepted two applications from the FIA to make the statement of a foreign journalist part of the 2007 Benazir Bhutto murder case and to hold a hearing twice a week

Former and current Pak PM bitten by the 'small house' bug
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani would soon be vacating the multi-billion rupee luxurious Prime Minister's House and move into a small house, Finance Minister Dr Hafeez Shaikh has said.

'Desperate' Musharraf seeks ex-servicemen support to return to power
All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) founder Pervez Musharraf, after failing to garner political support for the APML, is now making efforts to gather the support of ex-servicemen in a bid to broaden the base of his party.

Zardari wanted to give indemnity to Musharraf: Sharif
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif has claimed that President Asif Ali Zardari had a discussion with him regarding offering an indemnity to former president Pervez Musharraf after he decided to step down from the presidency.

Pak sectarian groups now 'stronger than ever': Intelligence Bureau
An assessment carried out by Pakistan's Intelligence Bureau (IB) has stated that sectarian groups in the country have grown 'stronger than ever' and pose a grave threat to state and society.

Musharraf 'murdered my mother': Bilawal Bhutto
The son of slain Pakistan leader Benazir Bhutto has accused ex-military ruler Pervez Musharraf of "murdering" his mother, by sabotaging her security.

Conspiracy behind Karachi carnage: Musharraf
All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) chief and former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf has said target killings at Karachi were committed under a conspiracy.

Musharraf's arrest warrant valid until compliance, FIA tells Interpol
Pakistan's Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has informed Interpol, the international police agency, that the arrest warrant of former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf, issued by an anti-terrorism court, will remain valid until its compliance, said FIA Senior Public Prosecutor Chaudhry Zulfiqar.

Pak's efforts to extradite Musharraf from UK hits roadblock over death sentence possibility
Pakistan's efforts to have former president Pervez Musharraf extradited from the UK are unlikely to come to fruition as he is facing the possibility of capital punishment in the home country, according to areport.

Pak's JI party says Balochistan situation as bad as Bangladesh before independence
The Jamaat-e-Islami party Balochistan's condition is similar to that of Bangladesh prior to its independence in 1971.

Pak Punjab CM Shahbaz says Musharraf's cronies joining Imran's PTI party
Pakistan's Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has slammed the people joining the Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf (PTI) party as cronies of former president General Pervez Musharraf.

'Chak Shahzad farmhouse still in Musharraf's name'
There is no record showing former president Pervez Musharraf gifted his Chak Shahzad farmhouse to his wife, a court has been told.

Peshawar High Court makes Musharraf respondent in US drone attack case
The Peshawar High Court has accepted a request to make former Pakistan president General (retired) Pervez Musharraf a party in the drone attack case.

Ex- Pak president Musharraf to return in January
Former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf has said he will return to the country next month.

Pak to renegotiate two key agreements with US
Pakistan may renegotiate two key agreements signed with the United States and its Western allies nine years ago as part of a wider policy review following last month's deadly NATO air raids that killed 24 soldiers.

Biden-Musarraf spotted chatting during football game in US
US Vice President Joe Biden and former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf had a short conversation during an Army-Navy football game.

'Rise of Imran Khan as 'alternative third force' in Pak politics worrying Musharraf'
Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf is reportedly worried that the rise of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan as an 'alternative third force' in mainstream politics could diminish his chances of using the public anger against conventional opposition parties

Musharraf urges youth to end politics of "liars and gangsters" in Pakistan
Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has said that winds of change have started to blow in the country, and urged the youth to end the politics of "liars and gangsters."

Imran Khan: Has his time come? (Part-II)
Imran Khan has declared his objective to be the fulfillment of Quaid's vision of making Pakistan an Islamic welfare state. He hopes to do this by getting a clear majority of at least 51% seats in the centre and a majority in two provinces of Punjab and KP. Coalitions do not, as yet, seem to find favour with him and he would be content to sit in opposition.

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