Pervez Musharraf salutes at a public rally in 2002 in Lahore, Pakistan.
General Pervez Musharraf, who seized power in a bloodless coup and later led a reluctant Pakistan into aiding the U.S. war in Afghanistan against the Taliban, has died, officials said on February 5. He was 79. Musharraf, a former special forces commando, became president through the last of a string of military coups that roiled Pakistan since its founding amid the bloody 1947 partition of India. He ruled the nuclear-armed state after his 1999 coup through tensions with India, an atomic-proliferation scandal, and an Islamic extremist insurgency. He stepped down in 2008. To read the original story by AP, click here .