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Musharraf bids farewell to troops

November 27, 2007
Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf, set to step down as army chief on Wednesday after holding the post for over nine years, began a round of farewell visits to various military headquarters on Tuesday.

In line with the tradition of making ceremonial farewell calls, Musharraf will visit key military bases and facilities before he doffs his uniform and takes oath as a civilian for a second five-year presidential term on Thursday.

The former commando grabbed power by deposing the then prime minister Nawaz Sharif in a bloodless coup in 1999. Incidentally, he was appointed as army chief on October 7, 1998 by Sharif, who promoted him over several other senior officers.

Image: General Musharraf at the Army general headquarters during his farewell visit in Rawalpindi on Tuesday.

Photograph: Aamir Qureshi/AFP/Getty Images

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