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Pervez Musharraf went from military leader to president of Pakistan after a bloodless coup in 1998.
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As a result, Musharraf had to make up the rules as he went along, which often resulted in what looked like erratic behavior. His high opinion of himself and his abilities comes from successes in his military career and the unshakable belief that he is the best person for the job. He leaves power with several unfinished projects: a fragile democracy in Pakistan; an agreement on the fate of Kashmi;,
dealing with increased Islamic fundamentalism and militancy within the country; and much-needed political and economic reform.
He married Begum Sehba in 1968. They have two children, Ayla and Bilal, and four grandchildren: two granddaughters from Ayla and a grandson and a granddaughter from Bilal. Ayla works as an architect in Karachi. Bilal is a graduate from Stanford University and works in the United States, in Silicon Valley.
In 2013, Musharraf returned to Pakistan after years living abroad in self-imposed exile. He hoped to revive his political career, but he has found himself entangled in a number of legal issues instead. Musharraf was indicted that August for his alleged role in the 2007 assassination of his rival Benazir Bhutto. He has been charged with "murder, criminal conspiracy to murder, and facilitation of murder" according to a CNN report.
Musharraf has denied these charges against him. His spokesperson told the press in a statement that his indictment is "false, fabricated and fictitious" and "an undignified attempt to smear the honour and integrity of the former president," according to an AFP report. Musharraf is currently under house arrest as he waits for his trial to commence.
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