Caste: Sunni (Sayyids)
Age: 76 Years
Wife: Sehba Musharraf
|Nickname(s)||"Cowboy," "Mush," "Palloo"|
|Profession(s)||Politician, Ex-Army Personnel|
|Famous For||Being the 10th President of Pakistan|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters- 175 cm
in meters- 1.75 m
in feet inches- 5’ 9”
|Hair Colour||Salt & Pepper|
|Unit||Regiment of Artillery|
Special Services Group
DG Military operations
40th Army Division, Okara
|Wars/Battles||Indo-Pakistani War of 1965
Indo-Pakistani War of 1971
Kargil War (1999)
Civil war in Afghanistan (1996–2001)
1999 Pakistani coup d'état
2001–2002 India-Pakistan standoff
War in North-West Pakistan
|Political Party||All Pakistan Muslim League
Pakistan Muslim League (Qaid e Azam Group)
|Political Journey||• On 12 October 1999, he led a coup against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and became head of government.
• On 20 June 2001, appointed himself President of Pakistan.
• In August 2002, made 29 amendments to the constitution, granting himself the power to dissolve Parliament and remove the Prime Minister.
• On 1 January 2004, a vote of confidence in Parliament allowed Musharraf to remain in power until 2007.
• On 6 October 2007, an unofficial vote count indicated Musharraf had won by a landslide in the Presidential Election.
• On 3 November 2007, he declared a state of emergency in Pakistan, suspended the country's constitution, and postponed the January 2008 elections.
• On 28 November 2007, he stepped down as the head of Pakistan's Army.
• On 29 November 2007, he took the Presidential oath of office for the third time.
• On 18 February 2008, Musharraf's party, the Pakistan Muslim League-Q, finished third in the parliamentary elections.
• On 18 August 2008, he announced his resignation as President of Pakistan.
• On 21 May 2010, he announced on CNN to re-enter Pakistan politics.
• On 1 October 2010, Musharraf launched a new political party, the "All Pakistan Muslim League."
|Awards, Honours, Achievements||Nishan-e-Imtiaz
Order of al-Saud
|Date of Birth||11 August 1943|
|Age (as in 2019)||76 Years|
|Birthplace||Old Delhi, British India|
|School||Saint Patrick's High School, Karachi|
|College(s)/University||Forman Christian College, Lahore, Punjab
Pakistan Military Academy, Kakul, Abbottabad
Command and Staff College, Quetta, Balochistan
National Defence University, Islamabad
Royal College of Defence Studies, London, United Kindom
|Educational Qualification(s)||Graduated with a Bachelor's degree in his class of 29th PMA Long Course in 1964
Pursued Master's at Royal College of Defense Studies, Britain in 1990
|Caste/Sect||Sunni (also, Sayyids)|
|Address||Chak Shahzad, Islamabad, Pakistan|
|Controversies||• To win a controversial referendum on 1 May 2002, he had become the President of Pakistan on 20 June 2001.
• His presidency witnessed the most controversial atomic scandals in the history of Pakistan after he authorised a sting operation to arrest two physicists Sultan Bashiruddin Mahmood and Chaudhry Abdul Majeed, due to their supposed connection with Taliban.
• He again attracted a controversy after Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan disclosed about the atomic proliferation.
• In September 2005, in an interview to the Washington Post, Musharraf's remark that Pakistani rape victim women treated rape as a "moneymaking concern" and they do so to get a Canadian visa, attracted controversy both internationally and in Pakistan.
• He also attracted a controversy by suspending the then Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry.
• On 23 November 2008, he left for exile in London after he refused an impeachment procedure against him.
• On 24 May 2011, he condemned the raid that killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan.
• On 16 April 2013, he was disqualified to fight elections by an electoral tribunal in Chitral.
• On 26 April 2013, the Islamabad High Court ordered house arrest for Musharraf in connection with the death of Benazir Bhutto, and on 20 August 2013, a Pakistani court indicted Musharraf in the assassination of Bhutto.
• On 2 September 2013, an F.I.R. was registered against Pervez Musharraf for his role in the Lal Masjid Operation 2007.
• On 31 August 2017, The anti-terrorism court in Rawalpindi convicted him an "absconder" in Bhutto's murder case.
• On 17 December 2019, a three-judge Bench of a special court in Pakistan handed down a death sentence to former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf for high treason. Musharraf, who has been living in Dubai since March 2016, is facing treason charges for suspending the Constitution and imposing emergency rule in 2007, a punishable offence for which he was indicted in 2014. The Hindu
|Girls, Affairs & More|
|Marriage Date||28 December 1968|
|Children||Son- Bilal Musharraf
Daughter- Ayla Musharraf (an architect married to film director Asim Raza)
|Parents||Father- Syed Musharrafuddin (Pakistani Civil Servant and Diplomat)
Mother- Begum Zarin Musharraf
|Siblings||Brother(s)- Dr. Javed Musharraf (an Economist; lives in Rome), Dr. Naved Musharraf (an Anaestheologist; lives in Illinois, USA)
|Net Worth (approx.)||$6.1 million (as in 2013)|
Some Lesser Known Facts About Pervez Musharraf
- Does Pervez Musharraf drink alcohol?: Not Known
- Musharraf was born in Delhi, British India to a family which belonged to Sayyid nobility. During the 1947 India-Pakistan partition, his family moved to Pakistan. At that time, he was four years old.
- In his childhood, Pervez Musharraf was fondly called as “Palloo” by his mother and other family members.
- ‘Neharwali Haveli’ was the name of his ancestral home, which literally meant ‘house by the canal.’ Next door lived the family of Syed Ahmed Khan, an Indian Muslim pragmatist.
- His father, who was a Civil Servant in Pakistan, later joined Pakistan’s foreign ministry and in 1949, he took up an assignment in Turkey where he served as a diplomat. The family returned to Pakistan in 1956.
- Musharraf studied mathematics at the Forman Christian College, Lahore and performed quite well. He, however, developed an interest in Economics later on.
- He attended Pakistan Military Academy at just 18. While at college, Musharraf shared his room with PQ Mehdi of Pakistan Airforce and Abdul Aziz Mirza of Navy.
- After having joined Pakistan Army in 1964 with the artillery regiment in 1964, his first battleship experience was fighting for the Khemkaran sector in Second Kashmir War in 1965. For his gallantry during the war, he was honoured with the Imtiazi Sanad medal.
- Upon the recommendation of his commanding officer in Sialkot, Musharraf was selected to join the special force school. There, he passed some rigorous exams and underwent physically tough training.
- He then joined Special Service Group (SSG) for the joint operations. Between 1966 and 1972, he was initially promoted to Army Captain and then to Major.
- Musharraf was a company commander of Commando battalion of SSG during the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War, which was fought between Pakistan and India.
- He studied political science at National Defence University in the 1980s and began working as an assistant professor of war studies at the Command and Staff College. He then joined the National Defence University as an assistant professor of political science.
- For his wide experience in mountain and arctic warfare, General Zia-ul-Haq, the then President of Pakistan and Chief of Army staff promoted him to the post of Brigade Commander of a new brigade of SSG and commissioned him near Siachen Glacier in 1987.
- Between 1988 and 1989, Musharraf was a Brigadier and had proposed the Kargil Infiltration to the then Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. It was, however, rejected by the latter.
- He began pursuing Master’s at Royal College of Defense Studies, Britain in 1990 under the Commandant General Antony Walker. Musharraf graduated in 1991 with extremely good remarks because of his thesis titled “Impact of Arms Race in the Indo-Pak Subcontinent.”
- On 9 April 1999, he was appointed the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
- On 14 and 25 December 2003, two unsuccessful assassination attempts were made on Musharraf’s life.
- He has been living in self-imposed exile in Dubai since 2016.
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