Key events in life of indicted Pakistani ex-leader

The Associated Press
Afsha Adil, center, lawyer of former president and army chief Pervez Musharraf speaks to media outside an anti terrorism court in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013. A Pakistani court Tuesday indicted Musharraf on murder charges in connection with the 2007 assassination of iconic Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, deepening the fall of a once-powerful figure who returned to the country this year in an effort to take part in elections. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

ISLAMABAD (AP) — — Aug. 11, 1943: Pervez Musharraf born in New Delhi in what is now India.

— Oct. 7, 1998: Musharraf becomes chief of the army.

— Oct. 12, 1999: Musharraf ousts Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in a bloodless coup.

— Sept. 11, 2001: After the terror attacks, the U.S. demands Musharraf choose whether to ally with them or Pakistan's allies in neighboring Afghanistan, the Taliban. Musharraf chooses the U.S.

— April 30, 2002: Musharraf extends his term as president for five years by holding a controversial referendum.

— July 2007: Musharraf orders his forces to raid a mosque in downtown Islamabad where followers of a radical cleric were holed up. The raid leaves dozens of people dead and hardened militant opposition to Musharraf.

— Oct. 5, 2007: Musharraf issues an ordinance protecting officials from past corruption charges as part of a deal that paves the way for former leaders Benazir Bhutto and Sharif to return home and contest elections.

— Oct. 18, 2007: Bhutto returns from exile, surviving a massive bomb attack on her convoy in the port city of Karachi.

— Nov. 3, 2007: Musharraf declares a state of emergency and sacks the chief justice of the Supreme Court, triggering a nationwide protest movement led by lawyers that weakens his grip on power.

— Nov. 25, 2007: Sharif returns home from exile.

— Dec. 27, 2007: Bhutto assassinated.

— Feb. 18, 2008: Nationwide elections held. Bhutto's Pakistan People's Party wins the most seats.

— Aug. 18, 2008: Musharraf resigns from presidency under pressure from main political parties.

— April 2009: Musharraf leaves Pakistan saying that he is going to lecture abroad. He does not return, essentially going into self-imposed exile.

— March 24, 2013: Musharraf returns home saying he wants to contest elections.

— April 18, 2013: Musharraf flees an Islamabad court after a judge revokes his bail in the case of detaining judges in 2007. He is later arrested.

— Aug. 20, 2013: Musharraf is formally indicted in connection with Bhutto's murder.