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Pervez Musharraf Fast Facts

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August 18, 2014 -- Updated 1715 GMT (0115 HKT)
Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf speaks in London in 2010. Musharraf led Pakistan from 1999 to 2008, when he resigned and went into exile after being charged of violating the country's constitution in 2007. He returned in 2013, intending to run in national elections, but soon found himself entangled in legal trouble again. Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf speaks in London in 2010. Musharraf led Pakistan from 1999 to 2008, when he resigned and went into exile after being charged of violating the country's constitution in 2007. He returned in 2013, intending to run in national elections, but soon found himself entangled in legal trouble again.
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(CNN) -- Here is a look at the life of Pervez Musharraf, former president of Pakistan.

Personal:
Birth date: August 11, 1943

Birth place: New Delhi, India

Birth name: Pervez Musharraf

Father: Syed Musharaff-ud-Di, career diplomat

Mother: Begum Zarrin Musharraff

Marriage: Sehba Musharraf (December 1968-present)

Children: Ayla (daughter); Bilal (son)

Education: Pakistan Military Academy, 1961; Military Academy of Kakul, 1964

Religion: Muslim

Timeline:
1947 - Musharraf's family moves to Pakistan when British India is divided into India and Pakistan. The family settles in Karachi.

1949-1956 - Spends his early childhood in Turkey due to his father's assignment in Ankara.

1964 - Is commissioned second lieutenant in an artillery regiment in the Pakistani Army

1965 - Is awarded Imtiazi Sanad (medal) for gallantry during the 1965 India-Pakistan war.

1971 - Is a company commander in a commando battalion during the India-Pakistan war.

1991 - Is promoted to major general.

October 7, 1998 - Is appointed chief of army staff with the rank of general.

April 9, 1999 - Is appointed chairman of the joint chiefs of staff.

October 12, 1999 - Leads a coup against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and becomes head of government. Sharif had fired Musharraf after the army's failed invasion in Kargil, in Indian-held Kashmir.

June 20, 2001 - Appoints himself president of Pakistan while remaining the head of the army.

April 30, 2002 - A referendum is held on whether Musharraf will hold office for another five years; it passes by a wide margin.

August 2002 - Implements 29 amendments to the constitution, granting himself the power to dissolve parliament and remove the prime minister.

December 15 and 26, 2003 - Two assassination attempts on Musharraf's life fail.

January 1, 2004 - A vote of confidence in parliament allows Musharraf to remain in power until 2007. He gains the two-thirds of votes in parliament that he needs by promising to step down as head of the army at the end of 2004.

September 25, 2006 - Musharraf releases his autobiography, "In the Line of Fire."

October 6, 2007 - An unofficial vote count indicates Musharraf has won by a landslide in a presidential election. A number of parliamentarians boycotted the vote in both houses.

November 3, 2007 - President Musharraf declares a state of emergency in Pakistan. He suspends the country's constitution, postpones January 2008 elections, and imposes restrictions on the media. Government authorities arrest 1,500 people who protest the state of emergency.

November 28, 2007 - Steps down as leader of Pakistan's army, the day before he is scheduled to be sworn in as president.

November 29, 2007 - Takes the presidential oath of office for the third time.

December 15, 2007 - The state of emergency is lifted.

February 18, 2008 - In parliamentary elections, Musharraf's party, the Pakistan Muslim League-Q, finishes third in voting, behind the PPP, party of the late Benazir Bhutto, and the Pakistan Muslim League-N, party of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

August 18, 2008 - Announces his resignation as president of Pakistan.

July 22, 2008 - Pakistan Supreme Court issues notice that Musharraf is to defend himself on charges of violating the constitution by unlawfully declaring emergency rule on November 3, 2007.

July 31, 2009 - The Pakistan Supreme Court rules that Musharraf did violate the constitution on November 3, 2007. The court gives him seven days to appear and defend himself.

August 6, 2009 - Refuses to answer the charges against him and flees Pakistan for Great Britain.

August 11, 2009 - Pakistani officials announce that Musharraf faces arrest if he returns to Pakistan.

March 16, 2010 - Opposes U.S. President Barack Obama's plan for U.S. troops to pull out of Afghanistan by July 2011. He believes the troops should fight until the Taliban is defeated.

May 21, 2010 - Musharraf announces on CNN that he plans to re-enter Pakistan politics.

October 1, 2010 - Launches a new political party, the "All Pakistan Muslim League."

February 12, 2011 - A warrant for Musharraf's arrest is issued by a Pakistani court, in connection with the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.

May 24, 2011 - In an interview on CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight, Musharraf condemns the raid that killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. He says, "No country has a right to intrude into any other country... Actually, technically, if you see it legally, it's an act of war."

January 8, 2012 - Musharraf pledges to return to his country later in the month, despite word from authorities that he will be arrested in connection with the assassination of Benazir Bhutto when he does so.

January 27, 2012 - A senior leader in Musharraf's party says that Musharraf has postponed his return from exile until the political situation in Pakistan and the court cases against him are resolved.

July 25, 2012 - Vows in an interview on CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight to return to Pakistan even though his life may be at risk. "I believe that there always is a time that comes when there's a cause bigger than self. And this is the situation in Pakistan."

March 16, 2013 - Musharraf announces his plans to return to Pakistan to lead his party in the upcoming elections.

March 23, 2013 - The Pakistani Taliban says that it will assassinate Musharraf if he returns to the country as planned on March 24.

March 24, 2013 - Musharraf returns to Pakistan after four years in exile. He is granted bail in advance of his arrival in Pakistan, so he is not arrested upon return.

April 18, 2013 - A Pakistani court rejects Musharraf's request for a bail extension and orders his arrest in a case he is facing over the detention of judges in 2007.

April 20, 2013 - Musharraf is put under house arrest.

March 31, 2014 - A Special Court in Pakistan charges Musharraf with high treason -- a crime that carries the death penalty or life imprisonment.

April 3, 2014 - A bomb detonates a few minutes after Musharraf's convoy passes through an intersection in Islamabad as he is being transported home from a military hospital. Pakistani police say it is an assassination attempt against Musharraf. No one is injured.

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