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TONY JONES: Pakistan's military dictator Pervez Musharraf has stepped down as army chief.

He handed over command to the successor at an elaborate military parade in Rawalpindi.

After giving up his military title, he now becomes a civilian head of state and will be sworn in
for a second five-year term on Thursday.

The move is widely viewed as an attempt to ease the country's political crisis.

But President Musharraf remains under international pressure to lift the state of emergency imposed
earlier this month.