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In pictures: Musharraf hands over

President Pervez Musharraf is escorted by a military honour guard in Rawalpindi

Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf has quit as the country's army chief at a colourful ceremony in Rawalpindi.

Gen Musharraf passes a baton to Gen Kayani

He handed over a ceremonial baton to his hand-picked heir Gen Ashfaq Kayani, at the army's main headquarters.

Gen Musharraf and Gen Kayani salute in Rawalpindi

Gen Musharraf then saluted his successor, describing him as "an excellent soldier".

Gen Musharraf speaks in Rawalpindi

In a speech to invited senior commanders and guests, Gen Musharraf said the army was his "life" and "passion".

Gen Musharraf rubs his eye during the handover ceremony

He admitted he was "a little sad" to leave the army, where he had served for nearly five decades.

Army officers cheer Gen Musharraf

Many officers cheered Gen Musharraf during the handover ceremony that concluded with a farewell parade.

The handover ceremony in Rawalpindi

Gen Musharraf, who came to power in a 1999 coup, has been under growing pressure to end his military rule. He is due to be sworn in as civilian president on Thursday.

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