General Pervez Musharraf (Urdu: پرويز مشرف; born 11 August 1943, near Delhi, India) became de facto Head of Government (using the title Chief Executive and assuming extensive powers) of Pakistan on October 12, 1999, following a bloodless coup d'état. He assumed the office of President of Pakistan (becoming Head of State) on June 20, 2001.
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- If we want to normalize relations between Pakistan and India and bring harmony to the region, the Kashmir dispute will have to be resolved peacefully through a dialogue, on the basis of the aspirations of the Kashmiri people. Solving the Kashmir issue is the joint responsibility of our two countries … Mr Vajpayee, … I take you up on this offer. Let us start talking in this spirit.
- Quoted in Sumantra Bose (2003). Kashmir: Roots of Conflict, Paths to Peace. Harvard University Press.
- I think they'd both lose miserably.
- We are in a state where these semi-literate clerics are closing the minds of people.