Pervez Musharraf's term as Pakistan President will expire on November 15 but he will remain in uniform till a new Army chief is appointed to replace him, the General's counsel told the Supreme Court which had sought to know when his dual office period would come to an end.
Syed Sharifuddin Pirzada, Musharraf's counsel, in a written statement to the court said that the General will remain President till November 15.
He also informed the seven-member bench headed by reinstated Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry that Mushararf will remain in uniform even after November 15 till a new Army Chief is appointed to replace him.
The bench, while hearing a petition from Jamaat-e-Islami, challenging an Act that allows Musharraf to hold two offices of the President and the Army Chief, had yesterday pointedly asked Pirzada to enquire from the President when his dual office period would come to an end.
Counsel for Jamaat-e-Islami, Akram Sheikh objected to the reply from the President's counsel and said that no reply has been submitted from the Federation, another respondent in the case.
However, Attorney General Malik Muhammad Qayyum said he needed a month's time to submit a reply. Rejecting the plea, the Chief Justice said that he can only be given a week's time.
The lawyer for Jamaat-e-Islami argued that the 'President to hold another office Act, 2004' that allows Musharraf to hold the two offices be declared as mala-fide and unconstitutional.
Sheikh said the President's holding another office is even ultra vires of the Constitution. He argued that the office of the President is vacant and Musharraf is only a de-facto holder as he is not an elected President.