Move will enable Pakistan’s president to be sworn in as a civilian leader.
“In my view, the situation is improving, the democratic process is continuing and terrorism has been controlled,” he said.
“I am not a fan of Musharraf, but I can see that he has Pakistan’s interest at heart when he says he wants to bring real democracy to the country.”
Jinah, Tamil Nadu, India
Wearing a dark traditional tunic, he pledged to uphold the constitution and to do his utmost to preserve and protect the nation.
Abdul Hameed Dogar, the chief justice Musharraf hand-picked after purging the Supreme Court when he imposed emergency rule on November 3, administered the oath to Musharraf.
In his first speech as civilian president, Musharraf said: “We want democracy, we want human rights, we want stability, but we will do it our way.
Musharraf also welcomed the return from exile of Benazir Bhutto and Sharif.
However, neither former prime ministers were present at the ceremony and Sharif said on Thursday that an alliance of opposition parties would boycott the elections in January and try to persuade others, including Benazir Bhutto, to join them.
“We are boycotting these elections,” Sharif told reporters in the eastern city of Lahore after a meeting of the All Parties Democratic Movement, which groups Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and other parties.
“We will try to convince other political parties so that this boycott is effective,” he said, adding they would call a meeting with leaders of other opposition groups including Bhutto’s Pakistan People’s party.
On Wednesday, Bhutto said she was “not in a hurry to accept Pervez Musharraf as a civilian president”.
In the city of Lahore, about 250 lawyers in black suits clashed with police outside the city’s main court.
“We don’t accept Musharraf even without his uniform. He has to go,” said Malik Mohammad Arshad, a lawyer.