Pervez Musharraf, the second of three brothers, was born
to an educated Syed family on August 11, 1943 in Delhi.
After the creation of Pakistan the family chose to settle
in Karachi. His father, the late Syed Musharaff-ud-Din
a career diplomat retired in 1974 while his mother successfully
devoted her time between caring for her family and serving
the International Labour Organization, retired in 1987.
General had the opportunity of spending his early life
(1949-1956 in Turkey and can, consequently, converse fluently
in Turkish language.
Musharraf attended renowned Educational Institutions of
Pakistan like Saint Patricks High School, Karachi
and Forman Christian Collage, Lahore.
joined the Pakistan Military Academy in 1961 and was commissioned
in an elite Artillery Regiment in 1964. He saw action in
1965 war as a young officer in the Khem Karan, Lahore and
Sialkot Sectors with a self propelled Artillery Regiment.
He was awarded Imtiazi Sanad for gallantry. He later volunteered
and served for seven years in the Special Service Group "Commandos".
He also participated in the 1971 war as Company Commander
in a Commando Battalion.
Musharraf has the privilege of commanding two self-propelled
Artillery Regiments. As a Brigadier, he had the distinction
of commanding an Infantry Brigade as well as Armoured Division
Artillery. On promotion to the rank of Major General on
15th January 1991, he was given the command of an Infantry
Division and later of a prestigious strike Corps as Lieutenant
General on 21st October 1995.
Musharraf has served on various important staff and instructional
appointments during his career. These include Deputy Military
Secretary at the Military Secretarys Branch, member
of Directing Staff both at the Command and Staff College,
Quetta and the National Defence College. He has also remained
the Director General Military Operations at the General
graduate of Command and Staff College, Quetta and the National
Defence College, General Pervez Musharraf also distinguished
himself at the Royal College of Defence Studies, United
Kingdom. Commenting on his performance in his report remarked, "A
capable, articulate and extremely personable officer, who
made a most valuable impact here. His country is fortunate
to have the services of a man of his undeniable quality".
Pervez Musharraf was promoted to the rank of General on
7th October 1998 and appointed Chief of Army Staff. He
was given the additional charge of Chairman Joint Chiefs
of Staff Committee on 9th April 1999 and is performing
duties as the Chief Executive of Pakistan since 12th October,
1999. He also continues to hold the office of Chief of
Army Staff and Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee.
a promising young Captain, he got married to Sehba Musharraf
on 28th December 1968. He remains a devoted family man
and a loving father to their two children Ayla and Bilal,
both happily married. They have a grand-daughter, Mariam
natural sportsman, who has always loved the outdoors and
spends most of his leisure time playing Squash, Badminton
or Golf. The General also takes keen interest in water
sports, is a enthusiastic canoeist and loves to sail. An
avid reader he is well versed in Military History, being
his favourite subject.
Pervez Musharraf took oath as President of Pakistan on
June 20, 2001.
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