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Imran challenges Musharraf's offices

Pakistani cricketer-turned-politician files a petition which says that Musharraf violated the Constitution by holding two offices.

world Updated: Aug 30, 2007 17:10 IST

Pakistani cricketer turned politician Imran Khan has filed a petition in the Supreme Court challenging President Pervez Musharraf holding dual posts of Army chief and head of state, and pleading that the General be prevented from taking part in the presidential elections.

Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf chief stated in the petition that President Musharraf had violated the Constitution by holding two offices and that his assumption of office of the president on the basis of the April 30, 2002 referendum was also unconstitutional.

Imran contended that Musharraf could not continue to hold the office of chief of army staff (COAS) because his term in office had finished in October 2001 and he had attained the age of superannuation on August 10, 2003. He also said that Musharraf had been disqualified under Article 63-1 (d) of the Constitution on December 31, 2004.

The former Pakistan cricket captain stated that Musharraf was under constitutional obligation to resign as COAS on or before December 31, 2004 under the 17th Constitutional amendment.

Further, he stated the statute called 'President to Hold Another Office Act of 2004' went against the Constitution. It was a law made for one person alone and was unreasonable, thus not sustainable under the equality and equal protection clauses of Article 25 of the Constitution, Imran was quoted as saying by the Daily Times today.

Imran on Wednesday had flayed former prime minister Benazir Bhutto for attempting a deal with President Musharraf, terming it an act of "treason" that will only strengthen dictatorship in the country. "It is treason on the part of the political party which has always fought against military dictators," Imran said.