Game over: Musharraf out of election race

Ex-president rejected from NA-139 Kasur, NA-48 Islamabad, NA-250 Karachi and NA-32 Chitral.

Afp/web Desk April 16, 2013
The tribunal accused Musharraf of violating the constitution, imposing emergency on November 3, 2007 and detaining judges. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: Former president Pervez Musharraf will not be able to contest in the upcoming elections, Express News reported on Tuesday.

Musharraf nomination papers were rejected from all four constituencies he had applied for.

"Yes, his paper has been rejected by the high court. We will file an appeal in the Supreme Court," Musharraf's lawyer Ahmed Raza Kasuri told AFP.

Earlier, the High court Rawalpindi bench election tribunal and election tribunal Lahore rejected former president Pervez Musharraf’s appeal regarding his nomination papers from NA-48 Islamabad and NA-139 Kasur-II respectively.

Later during the day, Peshawar High Court (PHC) election tribunal disqualified him from NA-32 Chitral although the returning officer had accepted his papers earlier.

There was difference between ex-president’s signatures on various nomination papers, the tribunal pointed out.

The court also objected that the person who submitted Musharraf’s nominations papers was not authorized to do so.

The nomination papers were submitted on March 30 by the representative while the authority letter was sent to that representative on April 4.

Apart from the above, Musharraf’s case became weak due to his alleged involvement in murder of Akbar Bugti, Benazir Bhutto and attack on Lal Masjid.

The former president’s nomination papers for Karachi, Islamabad and Chitral 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.

In the case of Islamabad and Kasur, the tribunal accused Musharraf of violating the constitution, imposing emergency on November 3, 2007 and detaining judges. Hence, he does not satisfy the criteria specified in article 62 and 63 of the constitution.

Musharraf was not solely responsible for the November 3 emergency; whole government was involved in the decision, the former president’s lawyer Malik Qamar Afzal argued.

The tribunal concluded the argument by saying Musharraf was the president at the time and was responsible for the steps taken.


Sterry | 9 years ago | Reply

@shahid: Nawaz Sharif's biggest blunder was appointing an unqualified general out of sequence to become chief of the army. There were many more senior Generals than Musharraf but true to form, Musharraf showed no respect for the laws and constitution and took over as a dictator. His 10 years of illegal rule caused all of Pakistan's current problems. Musharraf deserves to be charged with treason and not let off so easily - what will stop the next general with a gun from taking over illegaly?

shahid | 9 years ago | Reply

Musharraf's bigest blunder appointing Kiyani as military chief which will cost him his life..

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