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SC moved against Pervez's re-election

Lawyers move the apex court to restrain President Pervez Musharraf from getting himself re-elected as the head of the state for another five-year term.

world Updated: Aug 23, 2007 12:53 IST

Lawyers in Pakistan have moved the Supreme Court to restrain President Pervez Musharraf from getting himself re-elected as the head of the state for another five-year term.

In an application to the apex court, the Pakistan Lawyers' Forum (PLF) has pleaded that Musharraf's not eligible to contest any poll as "he suffers from inherent pre-election disqualification", the 'Dawn' reported on Thursday.

In fact, the lawyers made the plea citing a recent ruling of an 11-membwer bench of the Supreme Court in the case of former exiled Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif versus the President of Pakistan.

"Under Article 41 of the Constitution, the President is the head of the state and represents the unity of the republic, and his position is of a non-partisan person," the bench has held.

In its application, the forum said Musharraf should keep out of politics so that he can maintain his 'neutral image' under the Constitution.

It also prayed to the apex court to restrain Musharraf from misusing the neutral, impartial and non-partisan office of the President by trying to enter into a 'deal' with any political party to ensure his re-election.

"The President has always been partisan and has been acting as head of a party of political turncoats. The common man takes the PML as Pervez Musharraf League and not Pakistan Muslim League-Q," the lawyers said.

The forum urged the court to restrain Musharraf from pre-election rigging, issuing political statements, hobnobbing with political elements and presiding over meetings of the ruling PML-Q.

The Corps Commanders and Principal Staff Officers of the Pakistan Army, who on June 1 had allegedly subverted the Constitution, should also be stopped from taking part in political activities, the lawyers said.