Pakistan Election Commission on Sunday rejected the nomination papers filed by former Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf for Rawalpindi constituency and those filed by General Prevez Musharraf for Kasur, Karachi and Islamabad constituencies. However, Musharraf can contest the election as the poll panel accepted his nomination papers filed for the Chitral constituency.
Rejecting his nomination papers, the poll panel accused Ashraf of misappropriating funds and indulging in nepotism when he was in power.
General Musharraf’s papers were rejected from Kasur, Karachi and Islamabad. Election officials turned down his nomination, citing the charges against him — violating the constitution and sacking top judges. Returning officer Ikramur Rehman upheld the objections raised by his rivals that Musharraf had violated the constitution and sacked top judges by imposing emergency rule in 2007.
But Musharraf’s papers filed in Chitral has been accepted by the poll officials. “His papers are in order. He is not convicted so far, so we cannot disqualify him,” returning officer Jamal Khan said.
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf challenged Musharraf’s nomination for NA-32 seat in Chitral also. Following the allegations against him, the Supreme Court has approved an application requesting action against Musharraf under Article 6 of the constitution. The application stated he is a traitor.
The case against Musharraf has been filed on charges of imposing martial law on October 12, 1999, and enforcing emergency on November 3, 2007. The hearing will start Monday under a three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry.
Raja Pervez Ashraf will appeal the decision as the poll panel commences hearing for review of decisions.