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Chronology of Musharraf's rule

Following is a brief chronology of major political developments in Pakistan since 1999 when Pervez Musharraf, who on Monday announced his resignation as president to avoid impeachment charges, seized power as army chief:-- 1999 --October 12: Musharraf overthrows elected prime minister Nawaz Sharif after Sharif sacks him as army chief.-- 2000 --May 13: Supreme Court validates coup.December: Sharif is freed from prison on hijacking and corruption charges, exiled to Saudi Arabia and banned from returning to Pakistan for 10 years.-- 2001 --June 20: Musharraf declares himself president after the incumbent, Mohammad Rafiq Tarar, resigns.September 11: Musharraf drops support for Taliban and allies Pakistan with Washington after 9/11 attacks.

world Updated: Aug 18, 2008 14:15 IST

Following is a brief chronology of major political developments in Pakistan since 1999 when Pervez Musharraf, who on Monday announced his resignation as president to avoid impeachment charges, seized power as army chief:

-- 1999 --

October 12: Musharraf overthrows elected prime minister Nawaz Sharif after Sharif sacks him as army chief.

-- 2000 --

May 13: Supreme Court validates coup.

December: Sharif is freed from prison on hijacking and corruption charges, exiled to Saudi Arabia and banned from returning to Pakistan for 10 years.

-- 2001 --

June 20: Musharraf declares himself president after the incumbent, Mohammad Rafiq Tarar, resigns.

September 11: Musharraf drops support for Taliban and allies Pakistan with Washington after 9/11 attacks.

-- 2002 --

April 30: Musharraf wins controversial national referendum on his rule.

October 10: Pro-Musharraf Pakistan Muslim League-Q wins general elections.

November 16: Musharraf sworn in for a fresh five-year term.

-- 2003 --

December: Musharraf escapes two assassination attempts, one by Islamist military officers and the other by Al-Qaeda.

-- 2004 --

January 1: Musharraf wins parliamentary vote of confidence affirming his unelected rule until 2007.

February: Musharraf pardons nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan for leaking nuclear secrets to Iran, North Korea and Libya.

December 30

: Musharraf reneges on promise to quit as army chief.

-- 2007 --

March 9: Musharraf sacks chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, sparking protests. Chaudhry reinstated by Supreme Court in July.

July 10: Pakistani troops storm the radical Red Mosque in Islamabad, killing scores.

October 6: Parliament elects Musharraf to another five-year term as president in a vote boycotted by the opposition.

October 18: Benazir Bhutto returns from exile.

November 3: Musharraf imposes state of emergency, sacks chief justice, suspends constitution.

November 25: Sharif returns from exile.

November 28: Musharraf steps down as army chief and hands control of military to General Ashfaq Kayani

December 15: Musharraf lifts state of emergency.

December 27: Bhutto assassinated at election rally.

-- 2008 --

February 18: Parties of Bhutto and Sharif trounce Musharraf's allies in general elections.

March 24: Parliament elects Bhutto aide Yousuf Raza Gilani as prime minister.

August 7: Coalition says Musharraf to face impeachment.

August 17: Coalition says it has finalised impeachment charges.

August 18: Musharraf announces his resignation.