Musharraf's turbulent 9 years in power

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Pakistan: Pervez Musharraf dominated Pakistan after taking power in a high-altitude coup nearly nine years ago and led a reluctant Islamic nation into the U.S.-led war on terror — a step that earned him plaudits in the West but hatred at home.

Although Musharraf's decision to side with Washington after the Sept. 11 attacks helped rescue Pakistan from the status of a pariah nation, it was followed by an explosion in Islamic militancy at home. Combined with his fumbled efforts to stay in power as democracy returned to Pakistan, he leaves the presidency reviled by many of his countrymen.

His demise was as tortured as his arrival was swift.

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