Pervez Musharraf: Life and controversies
Last Updated: Saturday, August 01, 2009, 00:00
Key dates in Pervez Musharraf's innings as Pakistan Army Chief, President and beyond:

October 7, 1998: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif appoints Musharraf chief of army staff.

May 2, 1999: Pakistani troops infiltrate into Kargil sector in Jammu and Kashmir, leading to a 60-day conflict that ends after Sharif orders Musharraf to withdraw under US pressure.

October 12, 1999: Musharraf takes power in a bloodless coup, deposing elected prime minister Sharif, after he sacks him as army chief.

May 13, 2000: Supreme Court validates coup.

December, 2000: Sharif, who was slapped hijacking and corruption charges, is freed from prison, exiled to Saudi Arabia and banned from returning to Pakistan for 10 years.

June 20, 2001: Musharraf declares himself president after the incumbent, Mohammad Rafiq Tarar, resigns.

September 11, 2001: Musharraf drops support for Taliban and allies Pakistan with Washington after 9/11 attacks.

April 30, 2002: Musharraf wins controversial national referendum on his rule.

October 10, 2002: Pro-Musharraf Pakistan Muslim League-Q wins general elections.

November 16, 2002: Musharraf sworn in for a fresh five-year term.

December, 2003: Musharraf escapes two assassination attempts, one by Islamist military officers and the other by al-Qaeda.

January 1, 2004: Musharraf wins parliamentary vote of confidence affirming his unelected rule until 2007.

December 30, 2004: Musharraf reneges on promise to quit as Army Chief.

March 9, 2007: Musharraf sacks Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, sparking protests. Chaudhry reinstated by Supreme Court in July.

July 10, 2007: Pakistani troops storm the radical Red Mosque in Islamabad, killing scores.

October 6, 2007: Parliament elects Musharraf to another five-year term as President in a vote boycotted by the opposition.

October 18, 2007: Benazir Bhutto returns from exile.

November 3, 2007: Musharraf imposes state of emergency, sacks chief justice and other judges of the higher judiciary, suspends Constitution.

November 25, 2007: Sharif returns from exile.

November 28, 2007: Musharraf steps down as army chief and hands control of military to General Ashfaq Kayani. He remains as civilian president.

December 15, 2007: Musharraf lifts state of emergency.

December 27, 2007: Bhutto assassinated at election rally.

February 18, 2008: Parties of Bhutto and Sharif trounce Musharraf's allies in General Elections.

March 24, 2008: Parliament elects Bhutto aide Yousaf Raza Gilani as prime minister.

August 7, 2008: Coalition says Musharraf to face impeachment.

August 18, 2008: Musharraf announces his resignation.

March 16, 2009: Iftikhar M Chaudhry reinstated as Chief Justice by President Asif Ali Zardari.

Jul 22, 2009: Supreme Court asks Musharraf to appear before it and issues notice to him to explain his action of imposing emergency and deposing judges.

Jul 31, 2009: Supreme Court declares imposition of emergency and sacking of judges by Musharraf as unconstituional.

Bureau Report

First Published: Saturday, August 01, 2009, 00:00

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