Pervez Musharraf, former President of Pakistan, passed away at a hospital in Dubai on Friday after a prolonged illness. He was born on August 11, 1943, in Delhi, India, and served as the President of Pakistan from 2001 to 2008.
Early Life and Military Career
Musharraf was raised in Karachi, Pakistan, and completed his education at Forman Christian College in Lahore. He later joined the Pakistan Military Academy in Kakul and graduated with the Sword of Honor. He rose through the ranks of the military, serving in various positions including the commander of the Special Services Group and director-general of the Federal Security Force.
Rise to Power
In 1999, Musharraf was appointed as the Chief of Army Staff by then-Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. However, following a military coup in October of that year, Musharraf declared himself the Chief Executive of Pakistan. He was later elected as President in 2001 and served until 2008.
During his presidency, Musharraf made several reforms in various fields including the economy, education, and judiciary. He also supported the War on Terror, resulting in Pakistan becoming a major ally of the United States in the region.
Controversies and Later Years
Musharraf faced several controversies during his presidency, including allegations of corruption and human rights violations. In 2008, he resigned from the presidency and went into self-exile. He later returned to Pakistan in 2013 to participate in the general elections but was disqualified from running due to his prior legal cases.
Musharraf’s legacy remains controversial, with some hailing him as a visionary leader who modernized Pakistan, while others criticize his actions during his presidency. Nevertheless, he will be remembered as a significant figure in Pakistani history.
In conclusion, the passing of Pervez Musharraf marks the end of an era in Pakistani politics. His contributions and controversies will continue to be debated and analyzed in the years to come.