Pervez Musharraf Age, Wife, Family, Children, Biography & More
Bio/Wiki Nickname(s)"Cowboy," "Mush," "Palloo" Profession(s)Politician, Ex-Army Personnel Famous ForBeing the 10th President of Pakistan Physical Stats & More Height (approx.)in centimeters- 175 cm in meters- 1.75 m in feet inches- 5’ 9” Eye ColourBlack Hair ColourSalt & Pepper Military Service BranchPakistan Army RankFour-Star General Service Years1961–2007 UnitRegiment of Artillery Command(s)I Corps XII Corps Special Services Group DG Military operations 40th Army Division, Okara Wars/BattlesIndo-Pakistani War of 1965 Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 Siachen conflict Kargil War (1999) Civil war in Afghanistan (1996–2001) 1999 Pakistani coup d'état 2001–2002 India-Pakistan standoff War in North-West Pakistan Politics Political PartyAll Pakistan Muslim League
Some Lesser Known Facts About Pervez Musharraf
Does Pervez Musharraf smoke?: Yes
Does Pervez Musharraf drink alcohol?: Not Known
Musharraf was born in Delhi, British India to a family which belonged to Sayyid nobility. During the 1947 India-Pakistan partition, his family moved to Pakistan. At that time, he was four years old.
In his childhood, Pervez Musharraf was fondly called as “Palloo” by his mother and other family members.
‘Neharwali Haveli’ was the name of his ancestral home, which literally meant ‘house by the canal.’ Next door lived the family of Syed Ahmed Khan, an Indian Muslim pragmatist.
His father, who was a Civil Servant in Pakistan, later joined Pakistan’s foreign ministry and in 1949, he took up an assignment in Turkey where he served as a diplomat. The family returned to Pakistan in 1956.
After returning to Pakistan, Musharraf attended Saint Patrick’s School in Karachi.
Musharraf studied mathematics at the Forman Christian College, Lahore and performed quite well. He, however, developed an interest in Economics later on.
He attended Pakistan Military Academy at just 18. While at college, Musharraf shared his room with PQ Mehdi of Pakistan Airforce and Abdul Aziz Mirza of Navy.
After having joined Pakistan Army in 1964 with the artillery regiment in 1964, his first battleship experience was fighting for the Khemkaran sector in Second Kashmir War in 1965. For his gallantry during the war, he was honoured with the Imtiazi Sanad medal.
Upon the recommendation of his commanding officer in Sialkot, Musharraf was selected to join the special force school. There, he passed some rigorous exams and underwent physically tough training.
He then joined Special Service Group (SSG) for the joint operations. Between 1966 and 1972, he was initially promoted to Army Captain and then to Major.
Musharraf was a company commander of Commando battalion of SSG during the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War, which was fought between Pakistan and India.
He studied political science at National Defence University in the 1980s and began working as an assistant professor of war studies at the Command and Staff College. He then joined the National Defence University as an assistant professor of political science.
For his wide experience in mountain and arctic warfare, General Zia-ul-Haq, the then President of Pakistan and Chief of Army staff promoted him to the post of Brigade Commander of a new brigade of SSG and commissioned him near Siachen Glacier in 1987.
Between 1988 and 1989, Musharraf was a Brigadier and had proposed the Kargil Infiltration to the then Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. It was, however, rejected by the latter.
He began pursuing Master’s at Royal College of Defense Studies, Britain in 1990 under the Commandant General Antony Walker. Musharraf graduated in 1991 with extremely good remarks because of his thesis titled “Impact of Arms Race in the Indo-Pak Subcontinent.”
In 1991, he was promoted to Major General.
On 7 October 1998, he was appointed the Chief of Army Staff with the rank of General.
On 9 April 1999, he was appointed the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
On 14 and 25 December 2003, two unsuccessful assassination attempts were made on Musharraf’s life.
In 2006, Musharraf published his autobiography titled ‘In the Life of Fire: A Memoir.’
While in Turkey, he had a dog named “Whiskey” that gave him a lifelong love for dogs.
He has been living in self-imposed exile in Dubai since 2016.
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1. ↑ The Hindu