General Pervez Musharraf joined the Pakistan
Military Academy in 1961 and was commissioned in an elite Artillery
Regiment in 1964. He saw action in the 1965 war as a young officer
in the Khem Karan, Lahore and Sialkot sectors with a self propelled
Artillery Regiment. He was awarded the Imtiaz-i-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.
General Musharraf has had the privilege of commanding two self-propelled
Artillery Regiments. As a Brigadier, he had the distinction of
commanding an Infantry Brigade as well as Armored 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
General Musharraf has served on various important staff and instructional
appointments during his career. These include Deputy Military
Secretary at the Military Secretary’s 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 Headquarters.
A 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, in the United Kingdom.
A comment from his performance report was, "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".
General 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 which he relinquished in October 2001.
He performed his duties as the Chief Executive of Pakistan from
12 th October 1999 to the time he became President.On November 28, 2007 President Pervez Musharraf retired from Army as Chief of Army Staff. He took oath for the second term as Civilian President of Pakistan on November 29, 2007.