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Key events in life of indicted Pakistani ex-leader

Tuesday - 8/20/2013, 2:01pm  ET

The Associated Press

ISLAMABAD (AP) -- -- Aug. 11, 1943: Pervez Musharraf born in New Delhi in what is now India.

-- Oct. 7, 1998: Musharraf becomes chief of the army.

-- Oct. 12, 1999: Musharraf ousts Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in a bloodless coup.

-- Sept. 11, 2001: After the terror attacks, the U.S. demands Musharraf choose whether to ally with them or Pakistan's allies in neighboring Afghanistan, the Taliban. Musharraf chooses the U.S.

-- April 30, 2002: Musharraf extends his term as president for five years by holding a controversial referendum.

-- July 2007: Musharraf orders his forces to raid a mosque in downtown Islamabad where followers of a radical cleric were holed up. The raid leaves dozens of people dead and hardened militant opposition to Musharraf.

-- Oct. 5, 2007: Musharraf issues an ordinance protecting officials from past corruption charges as part of a deal that paves the way for former leaders Benazir Bhutto and Sharif to return home and contest elections.

-- Oct. 18, 2007: Bhutto returns from exile, surviving a massive bomb attack on her convoy in the port city of Karachi.

-- Nov. 3, 2007: Musharraf declares a state of emergency and sacks the chief justice of the Supreme Court, triggering a nationwide protest movement led by lawyers that weakens his grip on power.

-- Nov. 25, 2007: Sharif returns home from exile.

-- Dec. 27, 2007: Bhutto assassinated.

-- Feb. 18, 2008: Nationwide elections held. Bhutto's Pakistan People's Party wins the most seats.

-- Aug. 18, 2008: Musharraf resigns from presidency under pressure from main political parties.

-- April 2009: Musharraf leaves Pakistan saying that he is going to lecture abroad. He does not return, essentially going into self-imposed exile.

-- March 24, 2013: Musharraf returns home saying he wants to contest elections.

-- April 18, 2013: Musharraf flees an Islamabad court after a judge revokes his bail in the case of detaining judges in 2007. He is later arrested.

-- Aug. 20, 2013: Musharraf is formally indicted in connection with Bhutto's murder.


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