WeCite Overview: General Musharraf’s Tenure


The 8 year tenure of General Musharraf has come to an end. Whether it is a sigh of relief for many or a cause for concern for others or both can only be seen in times to come. Following is a brief overview of the outgoing COAS’s tenure as the Chief of Pakistan Army as well as the President of Pakistan.  

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

May 2, 1999Pakistani and Indian troops clash at Kargil in divided Kashmir. Sharif later orders Musharraf to withdraw under U.S. pressure.

Oct. 12, 1999Musharraf takes power in a coup after Sharif tries to fire him and prevent his plane from landing. Sharif is jailed, then exiled.

Sept. 12, 2001Musharraf says Pakistan will drop its support for the Taliban in Afghanistan and fight terrorism alongside the United States.

March 27, 2002A Pakistani-U.S. operation nets Abu Zubayda, the first of a string of al-Qaida leaders captured in Pakistan after the Sept. 11 attacks.

Dec. 14, 2003Explosives wreck a bridge in Rawalpindi just after Musharraf’s car has passed. Days later, Musharraf survives twin suicide car bombings on the same road.

March 16, 2004The army launches the first of a series of operations against al-Qaida hideouts in Pakistan’s tribal regions along the Afghan border.

Sept. 5, 2006The military signs a peace deal with tribes and militants in the North Waziristan region. The deal, criticized by the United States, unravels the next year.

July 10, 2007Army commandos storm Islamabad’s Red Mosque, where fighting killed about 100 people, most of them suspected militants.

Nov. 3, 2007Musharraf imposes a state of emergency, suspending the constitution, purging the courts and clamping down on dissent.

Nov. 28, 2007Gen. Ashfaq Kayani becomes army chief, leaving Musharraf to contend with Sharif and Benazir Bhutto, another former premier back from exile, as a civilian president.


10 Responses to “WeCite Overview: General Musharraf’s Tenure”

  1. 1 007
    November 28, 2007 at 3:53 pm

    Without the uniform Musharraf would not have much power. Pakistan has thousands of retired generals running around who no one takes seriously. Musharraf will be one of them. The position of President is really not very powerful, and he can be removed by the next parliament if PPP and PML-N work together.

    Once Musharraf resigns from the army on Thursday he will be at the mercy of Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif. These politicians will increase pressure on Musharraf to go by threatening to boycott the elections. Then people would demand that Musharraf go away to save the system. Even the army would feel under no obligation to support one man at the cost of instability in the country.

    I don’t see Musharraf as being around for long.

  2. 2 saleh
    November 28, 2007 at 3:56 pm

    I also get this feeling that a civilian president may not be that powerful, considering the current people in the political arena, but I assume it’s a gamble he is going to take or just had to take. I do think however that even without uniform he will have the backing from Army. They are not that quick to dispose off their own. It brings a story in mind.

    Within the army, they rely on each other for their very own existence, climbing ranks does not mean that is forgotten, they are not too quick to forget their own.

  3. 3 daniyal
    November 28, 2007 at 3:58 pm

    Once upon a time, a young man decided one day that his aging and ill father was too much of a burden for the family to take care of and after talking it through with his father and a heavy heart he decided to push him off a cliff to his death. As he carted his father to the cliff, his beloved young son in tow, curious about what his father and his grandfather were doing and where they were going, they arrived at the cliff. The mans father at that stage sighed, pointed in the distance and said, “that was the cliff i pushed my father from”.

    Is this going to be the fate of Musharraf too ?

  4. 4 Creed
    November 28, 2007 at 3:59 pm

    The army is not like our politicians; they will definitely back Musharraf as it is the best for Pakistan right now.

  5. 5 Taven
    November 28, 2007 at 5:27 pm

    Good luck to Kayani and thanks to Musharraf for his services. Time to pay our respects to the President

  6. 6 misbah
    November 28, 2007 at 5:28 pm

    Farewell o’ faithful soldier of my country. And the army marches on.

  7. 7 layla
    November 28, 2007 at 5:29 pm

    General Musharraf was the best thing that happen to this country. I hope and pray Allah protects him as he continues as the President of our country.

  8. 8 asa
    November 28, 2007 at 7:34 pm

    Musharaf will be remembered as worst dictator among all 3 dictators which rule in pakistan.

  9. 9 phaser
    November 29, 2007 at 8:54 am

    He may have been a bad dictator but he was a fine soldier asa. Respect that! And by the way, he’s not the only bad thing that has happened to this country in the past few years or months. We have seen the worst judiciary and the most anti-state media ever. And also the worst show of emotional and completely idiotic fan following of these so called saviors of Pakistan. Shame on you and the likes of you littered around in my country.

  10. 10 oscar
    November 29, 2007 at 11:36 am

    People there is no need for conflicts here please. Let this be a discussion and not another excuse to fight among ourselves. The General has an impressive military record and I commend him on that. What he does or did as a President/Dictator is another story. Let us not confuse the two.

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