Life Sketch of General Pervez Musharraf

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Life Sketch of General Pervez Musharraf


The new Chief of Army Staff, General Pervez Musharraf comes of a very distinguished family. His father who migrated from Allahabad (UP, India) was a career diplomat who had served as Ambassador of Pakistan in Turkey. General Pervez Musharraf passed his Intermediate Examination from St. Patrick's College, Karachi, joined the Pakistan Military Academy, Kakul wherefrom he passed out the 29th PMA course, and was commissioned as an Artillery Officer in the Army in 1964.

As a captain Musharraf joined the Elite Special Services Group (SSG). During his service with SSG for seven years, he had two tenures with commando battalions. Lastly he did his Gunnery Staff course and was made second-in-command of an Artillery regiment, and served in several Self-Propelled Artillery Regiments. He was promoted as Brigadier to head an Armoured Division Artillery and an Infantry Brigade, and later as a Major General in an Infantry Division in Okara. He held staff appointment of Brigade Major in an Infantry Brigade, Deputy Director, Military Operations, Director, Deputy Military Secretary in the Military Secretaries Branch and Director General, Military Operations in the General Headquarters. On being promoted as Lt. General, he was made Corps Commander of a corps based at Mangla. After that he was called to succeed Jahangir Karamat, when the later tendered his resignation as the Chief of Army Staff.

General Musharraf was third in rank after Lieutenant General Ali Quli Khan, the Chief of General Staff and Lieutenant General Khalid Nawaz the Quarter Master General. Gen. Musharraf has been appointed in supersession of these two. The reaction was that Mr. Khalid Nawaz tendered his resignation forthwith and Mr. All Quli Khan went on four days leave with immediate effect, just to leave the service for good.

Gen. Musharraf graduated from Command and Staff College, Quetta and the National Defence College, Rawalpindi. He has the privilege to work as an instructor in both these Army institutions. He has also the credit of attending the Royal College of Defence Studies of U.K. He received Imtiazi Sanad in 1965 war and was also adorned with Tamgha-e-Basalat and Hilal-e-Imtiaz (military). Mr. Pervez Musharraf is the 12th COAS of Pakistan.

Born in Delhi in 1943 before partition created Pakistan, he is a neutral figure, able to straddle the permanent rivalry between the Punjab and Pathan officers who dominate Pakistan's 520,000-man army.

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