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SC refuses to hear plea against Musharraf

world Updated: May 22, 2007 16:46 IST

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The Pakistan Supreme Court has declined to admit a Constitutional petition filed by Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal President Qazi Hussain Ahmed questioning the continuation of President Pervez Musharraf as chief of Army despite crossing the age of superannuation.

Hussain challenged Musharraf's continuation in uniform, saying the General has crossed the retirement age of 60 years.

Musharraf passed the superannuation age in 2003 but continued by extending his tenure as chief of army with a Presidential notification issued by himself.

The court registrar returned Hussains petition on the ground that the president enjoyed immunity under Article 248 of the Constitution and, therefore, could not be nominated as a respondent in any case.

The registrar also objected to the petitioner making multiple prayers in his petition, which were technically not related to the subject and contents of the petition.

Hussain had maintained that "General Pervez Musharraf is continuously violating the Constitution, law and service rules" by addressing public rallies.

He sought a court directive against Musharrafs tenure as chief of army staff.