IN PICS: The reign of Musharraf

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Taken on November 1, 1999 this photo shows then Pakistan's military ruler General Pervez Musharraf pointing to a journalist for a question during his first press briefing after a bloodless military coup in Islamabad. After facing huge pressure from the governing coalition to step down before it launches the first impeachment proceedings in Pakistan's 61-year history, he resigned on August 18. (Getty Images)
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Supporters of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif wear chains around their wrists as they march during a demonstration in Peshawar, on 11 September 2007 against his deportation. Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf faced a new standoff with the Supreme Court after the opposition launched a legal challenge against the deportation of the former prime minister. Embattled US ally Musharraf had Sharif, the man he toppled in a 1999 coup, arrested on corruption charges and sent to Saudi Arabia just hours after he flew home from seven years in exile on 10 September. (Getty Images)
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Activists and supporters of Pakistan's six party Islamic alliance Muttahida Majlish-e-Amal (MMA) shout anti-government slogans during a demonstration in Islamabad, 07 January 2005. Thousands of activists and supporters of MMA turned out onto streets across the country to protest against Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf for 'violating' his pledge to hang up his army uniform by the end of 2004. (Getty Images)
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Supporters and activists of Pakistan People's Movement, a non-government organisation, hold placards as they march during a demonstration supporting Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf in Islamabad, 21 June 2004. Musharraf said he is intending to honour his pledge to step down from the post of army chief, when the time comes. (Getty Images)
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Pakistani lawyers torch an effigy of Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf during an anti-government demonstration outside a court in Lahore, 12 March 2007. Thousands of Pakistani lawyers boycotted courts amid a judicial crisis sparked by President Pervez Musharraf's sacking of Supreme Court Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry. Rights groups, opposition parties and lawyers have condemned the move by military ruler Musharraf as an assault on the independence of the judiciary. (Getty Images)
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Supporters of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif shout anti-Musharraf slogans during a demonstration in Lahore on 9 September 2007. Pakistan put airports on high alert and detained hundreds of opposition activists as former premier Nawaz Sharif prepared to fly home from exile to challenge President Pervez Musharraf. (Getty Images)
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A supporter of Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf kisses a poster of him during a rally outside the Parliament building, during the presidential election in Islamabad, on 6 October 2007. Pakistani lawmakers voted in a presidential election that military ruler Pervez Musharraf is set to sweep, despite fears that the Supreme Court could yet snatch victory from his grasp. (Getty Images)
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Pakistani policewomen arrest an activist of exiled former prime minister Nawaz Sharif's PML-N party during a demonstration in Lahore, on 12 October 2007. The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz observed 12 October as a black day in commemmoration of General Pervez Musharraf's coup against the PML-N government on the same day in 1999. (Getty Images)
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Pakistani students shout anti-Musharraf slogans during a protest rally in Islamabad on 15 November 2007. Musharraf said that he will quit as army chief before 1 December. The announcement came as military ruler Musharraf faced growing international calls for him to shed his uniform. (Getty Images)
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Pakistani former prime minister Nawaz Sharif gestures as he addresses supporters during an election campaign public meeting in Faisalabad on 10 December 2007. Pakistan's election race picked up speed as the party backing President Pervez Musharraf boasted that it relished a showdown at the polls against Nawaz Sharif. It came a day after the party of opposition leader Sharif, the man ousted by Musharraf in a bloodless 1999 coup, dropped its threat to boycott the crunch 8 January vote. (Getty Images)
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Pakistan's new ruler General Pervez Musharraf meets with UAE President Sheikh Zayed in Abu Dhabi on 27 October 1999. The Skeikh urged Musharraf, who arrived in Abu Dhabi from Saudi Arabia on the second leg of his first foreign trip since his coup d'etat, to show 'clemency' in an allusion to ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif. (Getty Images)