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January 1, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Rafiq Tarar, a former high court justice who has been criticized by liberals as being a rigid Muslim, swept a vote by legislators to be elected Pakistan's new president. He was nominated by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Tarar said he considers himself a "liberal Muslim." He supports segregated education for girls and boys and purdah--life behind the veil--for women. Opposition politicians call him Sharif's puppet. The mostly ceremonial job of president became vacant Dec.
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January 1, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Rafiq Tarar, a former high court justice who has been criticized by liberals as being a rigid Muslim, swept a vote by legislators to be elected Pakistan's new president. He was nominated by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Tarar said he considers himself a "liberal Muslim." He supports segregated education for girls and boys and purdah--life behind the veil--for women. Opposition politicians call him Sharif's puppet. The mostly ceremonial job of president became vacant Dec.
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August 10, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Pakistani military ruler Gen. Pervez Musharraf issued a decree that seemed to bar ex-Prime Ministers Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif from holding party offices because of court convictions. Proclaimed in the name of figurehead President Mohammed Rafiq Tarar, it said any person disqualified from being a parliament member or convicted of a criminal offense involving moral turpitude or under the Anti-Terrorism Act could not be an officeholder.
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November 27, 1998 | From Reuters
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday gave the military more powers to combat growing factional violence in Pakistan's commercial capital, Karachi. His move came as he faced criticism for an earlier decision to set up military courts in the Arabian Sea port of 12 million people. A decree issued in the name of figurehead President Mohammed Rafiq Tarar late Thursday said the armed forces would have the additional powers to investigate offenses. The decree amends one issued Nov.
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June 21, 2001 | From Reuters
Military ruler Gen. Pervez Musharraf had himself sworn in as president Wednesday, raising his official stature ahead of a summit with India but drawing sharp criticism from opponents and Washington. Musharraf, who has promised to return the country to democracy by next year, also dissolved the National Assembly, Senate and the four provisional assemblies. After dismissing figurehead President Mohammed Rafiq Tarar, Musharraf was sworn in by the chief justice of the Supreme Court.
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October 14, 1999 | DEXTER FILKINS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Fresh from toppling the country's civilian government, Pakistani troops arrested another top elected official Wednesday and ransacked the offices of others, even as calm prevailed across the nation. A day after Pakistan's army ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the general who orchestrated the coup showed no signs that he intended to return power to the elected civilians any time soon. Troops loyal to Gen.
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October 15, 1999 | DEXTER FILKINS and BOB DROGIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The army chief of Pakistan declared a state of emergency early today and appointed himself the nation's leader, just three days after the military ousted and locked up the elected prime minister. Gen. Pervez Musharraf, who led Tuesday's bloodless coup against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, suspended the constitution, abolished national and provincial parliaments, fired scores of high officials nationwide and declared the country to be under military rule.
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May 29, 1998 | DEXTER FILKINS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Pakistanis answered India on Thursday with five nuclear weapons tests of their own, accelerating the arms race between the two rivals and shattering hopes of a quick end to the South Asian crisis. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of Pakistan said he ordered the explosions to safeguard his nation's security in the face of an imminent Indian threat. The detonations, carried out at 3:30 p.m.
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May 30, 1998 | DEXTER FILKINS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Pakistani government began imposing sweeping measures Friday to hold together its economy in the face of potentially withering sanctions as it fired off new warnings to India that ended any chance for an immediate rapprochement between the two rivals.
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