Musharraf declared ineligible to contest elections, for life

Published: April 30, 2013
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File photo of former President General (retd) Pervez Musharraf. PHOTO: AFP/ FILE

File photo of former President General (retd) Pervez Musharraf. PHOTO: AFP/ FILE

PESHAWAR: Former president Pervez Musharraf has been declared ineligible to contest elections for life by the Peshawar High Court (PHC) on Tuesday, Express News reported.

The four-member larger bench of the Peshawar High Court (PHC), headed by the Chief Justice of PHC, also dismissed Musharraf’s appeal against his disqualification from the elections on Tuesday.

Earlier in April, Musharraf’s nomination papers were rejected from all the constituencies he had applied for. His 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.

There was a 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.

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.

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  • Apr 30, 2013 - 2:39PM

    A leader in Making.

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  • Shah (Berlin)
    Apr 30, 2013 - 2:48PM

    The point that his signatures were not the same has more justification that of the declaring Emergency.
    Cases are in the court against Nawaz Sharif, Raja Rental etc. Why re they allowed to take part in the election…
    Oh I forgot again…biased justice…..

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  • Adnan
    Apr 30, 2013 - 3:02PM

    Double standard of our judiciary, sorry Mr. Musharraf you are guilty until proven innocent.

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  • Basharat
    Apr 30, 2013 - 3:02PM

    Very disappointing. An honest person is barred while all the looters and criminals are in the election race.

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  • Nadir
    Apr 30, 2013 - 3:03PM

    People must appreciate sacrifices of ex-COAS, the Army will not stand for such humiliating behaviour.

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  • Parvez
    Apr 30, 2013 - 3:03PM

    If the Shareef brothers, Gillani’s sons, the Chaudri’s of Gujrat, Amin Faheem and of all people Raja Ashraf of ‘rental ‘ fame and others can be allowed ……………why this double standard ?
    The court has actually done Musharraf a favour by saving him further embarrassment.

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  • Khalid Javed
    Apr 30, 2013 - 3:03PM

    Whether Musharraf has gained mileage due to the impressions that he has been made a political victim is a separate issue, but this crazy saga has certainly tarnished judiciary image as it has shown unprecendented haste in tightening noose around Musharraf leaving all other issues aside.

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  • Dr.A.K.Tewari
    Apr 30, 2013 - 3:11PM

    Musarraf has won the election without contesting it . He will be a part of next govwrnment since no govt. could be stable without his active support .

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  • Adlia ya Badlia
    Apr 30, 2013 - 3:13PM

    Is he the only one in the whole country who has been “barred” from contesting elections for life. I mean seriously???

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  • Cheap Justice
    Apr 30, 2013 - 3:16PM

    The biggest crime is being committed by the court to the land by depriving Pakistan from a such a leader. The history will never forget these baised judges.

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  • FireCracker
    Apr 30, 2013 - 3:18PM

    He should be imprisoned for life for trashing constitution, for spreading Talibanisation in Pakistan, for murdering Bugti and Benazir.

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  • Khalid Javed
    Apr 30, 2013 - 3:18PM

    Judiciary suffers because of the men claiming to its saviours. So called saviours are too vindictive.

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  • Water Bottle
    Apr 30, 2013 - 3:19PM

    It’s the same court of the country which declared Sarabjit a terrorist is taking revenge on a former dictator.

    This is clearly a failed judiciary of a failed country.

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  • AK47
    Apr 30, 2013 - 3:20PM

    Dark Justice

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  • Omer
    Apr 30, 2013 - 3:21PM

    Racist and biased judiciary they do not want him to get in to parliament because they think if he gets elected he will become untouchable

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  • Abdullah
    Apr 30, 2013 - 3:23PM

    He should be hanged!!!

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  • Taseer Siddiqui
    Apr 30, 2013 - 3:25PM

    Agreed 100%

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  • Salman
    Apr 30, 2013 - 3:28PM

    Mockery of justice

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  • Koi Dekhe Na Dekha
    Apr 30, 2013 - 3:42PM

    Allah Dekh raha hai.
    ” we all should be Honest… Judges/Lawyers will be highly punished on their lies, they job in front of Allah will be answerable”
    Guys this is unjustice with Ex-General of Army, Law should be equal. This is why we are getting earthquicks, tremors attach from Allah cause of corruption & injustice with people.
    We need leader in this country like our Hazrat Umar Farooq R.A.
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    May Allah save,protect & guide us to the straight path.

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  • Waseem
    Apr 30, 2013 - 3:43PM

    Law of jungle, and nothing else. these judges are simply taking advantage of this particular situation. they have no idea what negative consequences these verdicts can cause to Pakistan. God save Pakistan from black vultures.

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  • Haseeb
    Apr 30, 2013 - 3:46PM

    Good. The way I look at it, the HC has done him a favour. Now he doesn’t have to face humiliation by voters.

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  • M. Kamran Khan
    Apr 30, 2013 - 3:48PM

    Now Judiciary here in Sir Musharraf’s matter. Only taking revenge. I mean Judiciary totally biased here. Here so many corrupt people taking part in coming election so why don’t Sir Musharraf. And in past. he didn’t take any action alone, whole cabinet was with him.
    Judiciary should stop revenge behavior and allow him to take part in coming election.

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  • Cheeko Beeko
    Apr 30, 2013 - 3:50PM

    It seems that Jidiciary is at war with Musharraf. What else we can expect?

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  • Imran
    Apr 30, 2013 - 3:55PM

    Judges are biased shame on Supreme Court….

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  • Khan Jr
    Apr 30, 2013 - 3:56PM

    Anyone who made a a mockery of democracy, civic rights and the comstutution should not be allowed to use these very same laws in a bid to regain his loss of power.

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  • fauzan
    Apr 30, 2013 - 4:01PM

    well done Peshawar High Court !
    :)

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  • Sajad Karim
    Apr 30, 2013 - 4:04PM

    Why we blame Nawaz Sharif and Zardare for weakening our nation. Our judiciary has a equal role in it. In the eye of our judicial system a corrupt and murderer can contest election whereas a loyal has no right to serve nation. Now it became clear that Nov 2007 emergency was a right decision by PM.

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  • Polpot
    Apr 30, 2013 - 4:09PM

    Only the electorate can bar anyone from fighting elections.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Even a dictator is permitted by democracy.

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  • Paratha Khan
    Apr 30, 2013 - 4:22PM

    Reboot the judicial system. Install Anti Virus.

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  • iqbal
    Apr 30, 2013 - 4:24PM

    Judges and judiciary are 100% bias. This will be noticed internationally.

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  • sharj
    Apr 30, 2013 - 4:26PM

    Justice is not based on public opinions but hard facts. It seems many of the comments ignore that the person in question abrogated the constituion twice – a crime punishable by death. The miscarriage of justice is not that he’s being barred from running from office but that he’s not being tried for treason, courtesy ppp govt. He should be punished for his crimes against Pakistan.

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  • yasin
    Apr 30, 2013 - 4:36PM

    honorable judges are repeating the history of 1977-79 when judges of LHC and SC had personal animosity towards Bhutto and their decisons of judicial murder of bhutto was vindictive of their biasedness and personal vendetta rather than any legality.Honorable judiciary however must remember that their decision against bhutto was never accepted by the nation and bhutto is still revered and remains alive in the hearts of the people of pakistan. The judiciary who always remained equal partner of military in violation and subvertion of constitution should not make itself a laughing stock in the eyes of nation by handing down such biased dcisions against mushraff. Imagine Justice Saeeduz Zaman siddiqui had openly said in a TV talk show that mushraff had not slipped or escaped from the Islamabad High Court still the honorable IHC is beating about the bush and conducting regular hearing since last 3 weeks on ‘mushraff farar case’.

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  • Faraz
    Apr 30, 2013 - 4:37PM

    Musharraf has won. He surrendered himself to the judiciary. Whereas, judiciary without conviction in any case stopped him from going into election. Judiciary has clearly demonstrated its partiality and revenge. All those who have been allowed to contest have grey background but judiciary is not at revenge with them. Shame for judiciary, shame for CJ. Nobody should expect to have justice in this country.

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  • Pakistan First
    Apr 30, 2013 - 5:28PM

    Why my comments are not being allowed to be published? I did not write anything offensive..

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  • Tan
    Apr 30, 2013 - 5:39PM

    Musharraf is the only person who can help the country and that is what the enemy does not want. the enemy is using Pakistanis to keep Pakistan struggling. Please guys support Musharraf if you love your country…..

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  • Rehan
    Apr 30, 2013 - 5:46PM

    Judicial dictatorship

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  • Mohammad
    Apr 30, 2013 - 5:53PM

    How far you will go for revenge… that far will go to FIGHT with you! sincerely, by Musharraf Supporters.

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  • Ahmed
    Apr 30, 2013 - 6:05PM

    Every corrupt is allow to contest why one more corrupt not allowed.

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  • A J khan
    Apr 30, 2013 - 6:06PM

    Untenable in the eyes of law. This decision has added another dark chapter to the chequered history of judiciary in Pakistan.

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  • Hairaan
    Apr 30, 2013 - 6:16PM

    @Dr.A.K.Tewari:
    Sooner you wake up, better for you.

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  • Khadim Karrar
    Apr 30, 2013 - 6:19PM

    One should realize that Musharraf’s 03 November 2007 suspension of the Constitution when he was absolute ruler is prima facie evidence of his commission of the act of high treason, which on its own is a sufficient crime for disqualifying Musharraf for contesting elections for life. Even if he would not have put some sixty judges in jail and the judiciary’s suffering had not happened then too, he would have been punishable for the heinous crime of the suspension and subversion of the State and its Constitution. No doubt that the previous PPP Government’s failed policies makes Musharraf look like a hero, however, one should also compare the performance of the governments from 1988-1999 that ruled prior to the usurpation of power. These essentially democratic Governments performed much well than Musharraf’s dispensations.

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  • shahid
    Apr 30, 2013 - 6:21PM

    Gen. Kiyani’s silence in letting whatever the judiciary wants to do is the real problem.History will not only blame the prejudiced judiciary but also general kiyani.

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  • Nasir Mahmood
    Apr 30, 2013 - 6:35PM

    A courageous decision by judiciary. Musharraf has destroyed Pakistan and majority of Pakistanis demand is to deal with him severely so many orphans can sleep with peace.

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  • Zee
    Apr 30, 2013 - 6:42PM

    @Abdullah:
    That shows the level of your intellect as that is all you have to add to this conversation. Go back to you cave.

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  • Hardeep
    Apr 30, 2013 - 6:59PM

    Wonder why Pakistanis do not respect their national heroes.

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  • Assad
    Apr 30, 2013 - 7:12PM

    @Khadim Karrar:
    You must have been sleeping during Nawaz Sharif’s rule in the 90s or probably lived in Lahore, the only part of Pakistan that saw development in the miserable decade of the 90s. Musharraf doubled Pakistan’s GDP compared to the years you mention. There is absolutely no comparison on any count. The yellow cab project is the only thing that NS has to show for his time in the office in the 90s and that too turned out to be a dismal failure and a huge hit to the taxpayer.

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  • Zee
    Apr 30, 2013 - 7:17PM

    @Khadim Karrar:
    You must be joking. Who determined the act of treason? The CJ and the judges who gave him a green light once, or the judges who gave him a green light the next time? Innocent until proven guilty is the core judicial process, and a trail has not taken place yet. So you cannot disqualify on the basis of charges alone. That’s fact # 1. Fact # 2 the 2002-2007 government was far more successful than any previous “democratic” governments that were a total failure bringing Pakistan to the point of bankruptcy. Dishonesty and distorting facts is not going to serve you my friend.

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  • Welltro
    Apr 30, 2013 - 7:20PM

    I support the decision of the judges. Let’s face it, everyone knows that he broke the constitution by throwing out NS.
    It is unfortunate, but this lifetime bar is required to set a precedent that future coup leaders cannot enjoy political legitimacy or technical immunity for their acts.
    It is sad that this is the public fate of the best president that I have seen in my lifetime, but we Pakistanis need to get out of the habit of justifying the unlawful acts of otherwise good people.
    Having said that, the court owes it to the people of Pakistan to enforce similar fates on others who have over the years wreaked more havoc on our country’s economic and social well being through corruption, nepotism and total disregard for social uplift than Musharraf * 100.
    Please caste your vote wisely, and encourage your family and friends to come out for once and make a difference.Recommend

  • Farhan
    Apr 30, 2013 - 7:21PM

    Mush is the true son of soil. One and only.

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  • Farhan
    Apr 30, 2013 - 7:21PM

    Mush is the true son of soil. One and only.

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  • Hector
    Apr 30, 2013 - 7:42PM

    Musharraf is a living legend!

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  • Khan
    Apr 30, 2013 - 7:45PM

    @Paratha Khan:
    Your so called Anti virus is corrupted and does more harm than any good

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  • Patriotic
    Apr 30, 2013 - 8:05PM

    These kind of court decisions actually shows the purity and justice level of our courts.

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  • asim
    Apr 30, 2013 - 9:04PM

    what about Iman khan , Nawaz, shahbaz and Zardari?

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  • Apr 30, 2013 - 9:20PM

    All comments are conforming to facts.

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  • K B Kale
    Apr 30, 2013 - 9:35PM

    “Musharraf declared ineligible to contest elections for life”
    Whose life is it? Musharraf’s or current civilian government’s?

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  • K Sudhir
    Apr 30, 2013 - 9:41PM

    @Hairaan:
    Why did you comment against Mr Tewari? He has spoken the truth! When one says “Musharraf declared ineligible to contest elections for life”, one must ask, “Whose life? Musharraf’s or the life of the next civilian government?”

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  • qzj00
    Apr 30, 2013 - 10:20PM

    @Koi Dekhe Na Dekha:
    Unfortunately these earthquakes and tremors are killing only the innocent folks who have already been literally raped by those in power. I don’t recall ever hearing any of these ‘famous’ folks, who are known to be the cause of corruption & injustice with people, to have been a victim in these natural calamities.

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  • Talha Saleem
    Apr 30, 2013 - 11:03PM

    The orders of Judiciory should be on top priority………!!

    He must face all the orders …… there are hundreds of events in the History of Islam where Kind stood in the court of law….. many Kings and leaders were punished……. all accepted it……,

    He remained a President for years….. now cant he live in prison for some time……….??

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  • Pakistan One
    Apr 30, 2013 - 11:06PM

    Where is the …. for life news?

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  • Ahmed Ali Khan
    May 1, 2013 - 12:12AM

    @M. Kamran Khan:

    Banned for life. Well Musharaff is 69 now and by the next election he will be 74 and might not be interested in running for election. What he can do is run the party as party head and bring new faces and younger generation to lead and advice them what to do etc. Musharraf’s daughter Dr. Ayala Reza already started campaigning for Musharraf’s release and doing meeting etc. Young competent and educated people should join APML and make the party strong until next election.

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  • rashid
    May 1, 2013 - 12:34AM

    lame!!!

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  • Kaleem
    May 1, 2013 - 12:49AM

    The point is that whatever accusations might be against him, he is not convicted and therefore has a legal right to be presumed not guilty. Its an example of ridiculous and arbitrary application of 62 and 63 where convicted and sentenced candidates are allowed to contest but he is not. Two wrongs do not make a right.

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  • mukhtar
    May 1, 2013 - 6:48AM

    Most ridiculous decision.The case was an appeal against his rejection from Chitral.The decision should have been simply appeal disallowed.From where this life time ban has come.Who was the petitioner in this case?

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  • May 1, 2013 - 10:07AM

    @M. Kamran Khan:

    See the clear verdict of the biased Judges. 18th Amendment clearly says that a person can only be debarred from taking part in the Elections for maximum FIVE [5] years.

    But to only show solidarity with Iftikhar Chowdhry, Peshawar High Court judge over-stepped his authority and banned him for the life.

    What a Judgement. Even the crime, if any, has not been proven. A man cannot be punished and is termed innocent unless he is convicted.

    Long Live biased Judiciary.

    Regards

    Dr. Saleem Siddiqi

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  • Khadim Karrar
    May 1, 2013 - 1:22PM

    @Assad and Zee
    Although not a supported of NS, the economy was performing well in 1992-1993 and Pakistan was on the verge of concentrating on foreign trade and foreign aid was in the process of being much reduced. But the certain dislodging of a democratic government took Pakistan off the course of genuine economic development.
    Any essentially democratic governments are more representative than dictatorial governments.
    Musharraf’s suspension of the Constitution would be upheld as a treason in any fair judicial process, as it itself is sufficient evidence. The courts are being blamed by partisans.

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  • Ifti
    May 1, 2013 - 3:39PM

    Very disappointed on the judiciary. Do they actually think that no one will notice or they actually don’t care.

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  • mnkhan
    May 2, 2013 - 8:06AM

    Chief Justice, peshawar highcourt, trying to prove more loyal then the king, his decision of
    lifetime ban, is the law of jungle, which he will justify in his detailed judgement, rather waiting
    for history to discard this judgement, he should glance these comments of express tribune,
    and read the writting on the wall for himself.

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  • joy
    May 2, 2013 - 12:45PM

    This is Pakistan’s internal matter. But I am curious to know how can any citizen be barred from contesting polls if he/she has not been convicted. I understand the retd Gen is yet to be convicted in any case…or is this just another case of judicial overreach?

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  • Sane
    May 2, 2013 - 1:24PM

    It will help create a soft image world wide, that a former dictator is duly tried and punished

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  • meedan
    May 2, 2013 - 2:16PM

    all the cases of mush now must be decided against him since we have life time ban decision from the judiciary this is pre judge

    THANKS TO THE JUDICIARY

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  • sb se Pehly Pak
    May 2, 2013 - 2:23PM

    What a dilemma?
    A great leader has been deprived of taking part in political process while all tax and loan defaulters are fully in action

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  • Dr.A.K.Tewari
    May 24, 2013 - 8:43PM

    At least some one is reading my comment . Thank you .

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