Musharraf bids farewell to his troops
Musharraf was saluted by his troops in farewell ceremonies Tuesday on his last full day as Pakistan's army chief.
Musharraf has launched a two-day ceremonial tour of the army, navy and air force.
He is to resign as chief of army staff on Wednesday. The next day he will take the oath for a second five-year term as president-- this time without the uniform that he has described as being like his skin.
A military band played martial tunes and the national anthem as Musharraf visited the joint staff headquarters in Rawalpindi. Soldiers marched past and saluted Musharraf, who wore ceremonial dress, medals and a green sash.
Musharraf later received colourful send-offs at the headquarters of the air force and navy in Islamabad and exchanged souvenirs with senior commanders.
"It's part of army tradition that theoutgoing chief visits the troops and thanks them for their services before relinquishing his command," military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Baseer Haider said.
"The command changing ceremony will take place on Wednesday."
Musharraf will be driven to the army's general headquarters to hand over his position as head of the military to his heir apparent, former spy chief General Ashfaq Kiyani.
Musharraf began his military career in 1964.