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Musharraf banned for life from polls

  • Imtiaz Ahmad, Hindustan Times, Islamabad
  • Updated: May 03, 2013 15:55 IST

The Peshawar High Court (PHC) on Tuesday imposed a lifetime ban on former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf from contesting elections. The verdict of the four-member bench was given in an appeal filed by Musharraf on his being declared ineligible for running for a seat from Chitral.

The court took the decision based on the imposition of military rule by the former army chief and president. The larger bench of the Peshawar High Court, headed by the Chief Justice, also dismissed Musharraf’s appeal against his disqualification from the elections and the rejection of his nomination papers on Tuesday.

Earlier in April, General Musharraf’s nomination papers were rejected from all the constituencies he had applied for. His nomination papers for Karachi, Islamabad and Kasur were earlier rejected by the returning officers.

He was given a chance to appeal against the decision in the election tribunal, but the appeal was also rejected.

The tribunal pointed out that there was a difference between the former president’s signatures on various nomination papers.

The court also objected that the person who submitted Musharraf’s nominations papers was not authorized to do so. Based on this observation, Musharraf’s nomination papers which were earlier accepted for Chitral, were also rejected.

In the case of Islamabad and Kasur, the tribunal accused Musharraf of violating the constitution, imposing emergency on November 3, 2007 and detaining judges.

Musharraf is currently under house arrest at his farm house in Chak Shehzad on the outskirts of Islamabad.

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