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Former Pakistani president to speak at Elon University

October 9, 2010

A key figure in the Muslim political world will speak Tuesday at Elon University.

Pervez Musharraf, the former president of Pakistan, will speak at 3:30 p.m. during Elon’s fall convocation. He was considered a key ally of the United States following the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

Convocation will be open to Elon students, faculty and members of the public. The cost for people without Elon identification is $12. People can get tickets through the Center for the Arts Box Office by calling 336-278-5610. Tickets were still available as of Friday. The box office is closed on weekends, but anyone interested in tickets can call Monday from 12:30 to 5 p.m.

While on Elon’s campus, Musharraf will speak to and take questions from students in smaller groups.

Musharraf was president of Pakistan from 2001 to 2008.

His memoir “In the Line of Fire,” published while he was still in office, describes how he directed raids against Al Qaeda both in the mountains and cities of Pakistan. His political career was also marked by the 2004 earthquake that killed 50,000 Pakistanis, the two assassination attempts against him and the contentious relationship between Pakistan and neighboring India.

Information about Musharraf on Elon University’s web site at http://www.elon.edu describes him as a “proponent of democracy” who “set out to transform Pakistan into a progressive, moderate and prosperous Islamic state.” It credits him with including women in national government and with allowing the country’s media to operate independently of the government.

Musharraf has frequently been in the news since leaving office. Some news media are more likely to refer to him as a “former military ruler” than “former president.” He left office after 2008 elections and recently announced plans to return to involvement in Pakistani politics.

He became president of Pakistan after serving in the country’s army.

Pakistan is located between Afghanistan and India. With more than 175 million people, it is the world’s sixth-most-populous country. Ninety-five percent of its people are Muslim.

Source: The Times News

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