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Updated: April 17, 2013 03:36 IST

Musharraf thrown out before race begins

Anita Joshua
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Pakistan's former President and military ruler Pervez Musharraf announces his party manifesto at his residence in Islamabad, on Monday.
Pakistan's former President and military ruler Pervez Musharraf announces his party manifesto at his residence in Islamabad, on Monday.

Former military dictator Pervez Musharraf’s ambition to contest the elections was nipped in the bud on Tuesday with an election tribunal throwing out his nomination from Chitral — the lone constituency where his papers were accepted after the first round of scrutiny earlier this month.

His appeals to the election tribunals overseeing the decisions of the Returning Officers of Karachi, Kasur and Islamabad had already been turned down and the former army chief was pinning his hopes on Chitral where he had cleared the first round till an opponent moved a complaint against him.

Gen. (retd) Musharraf’s lawyer said the All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) would move the Supreme Court against the election tribunals’ decisions. He is already facing a series of cases in the apex court including one of high treason for declaring emergency on November 3, 2007. That decision of Gen. Musharraf has already been declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in its verdict of July 31, 2009.

His ambitions to enter Parliament through the ballot box came a cropper a day after the APML unveiled its manifesto with considerable fanfare at the “Quaid’s’’ farmhouse on the outskirts of Islamabad. For his party workers, Gen. Musharraf is no longer the general but Quaid (leader) or Syed Pervez Musharraf. However, the salute remains his preferred way of greeting people and many an APML worker has taken to it.

Asked about his cases with the court — particularly the case of high treason under Article 6 — Gen. Musharraf said: “I did nothing wrong. Every decision of mine was for Pakistan.” With most of his appeals already turned down, he said “there are lots of hurdles in my way but I will not be disheartened” as if in anticipation of further disappointment at the tribunals.

Gen. Musharraf is not the only person who has held a high office to be rejected at the nomination stage. He shares the honours with former Prime Minister Raja Parvez Ashraf whose appeal to a tribunal against the rejection of his nomination papers was also turned down. The charges against him included misuse of discretionary funds in his constituency and defaulting on payments.

This has effectively taken out of the race both Pakistan Peoples Party Premiers of the last government as Yousaf Raza Gilani was already disqualified by a Supreme Court judgement in June 2012 from contesting for Parliament for five years.

Looks like things have started working in Pakistan. Very good pakistan this is the only way you can stop your country from being looted. Two former prime ministers not contesting. A great achievement for law. When will we start seeing this in India?.

from:  Arvind
Posted on: Apr 17, 2013 at 02:13 IST

Good news. Pakistani authorities are working in the right direction. India should learn from them as India allows criminals, dacoits, rapists and black money horders to stand in the election.
Such people should not be allowed to enter the Parliament or the Provincial Assemblies.
Well done Pakistan.

from:  basheshar
Posted on: Apr 16, 2013 at 22:40 IST

as you sow,so shall you reap.

from:  arunmohan k
Posted on: Apr 16, 2013 at 18:40 IST

With his nomination papers rejected and, a ban in place from leaving the country, Mr. Musharraf may now happily wait only to see filing of cases against him, and to listen his convictions and sentences. It was a beautiful ploy to grant him indemnity from arrest for a brief period upon arrival to lure him to come to his beloved (?) country. By the way, what does he, the India hater, have to say about Kargil war now, was it a political failure or a military failure on the part of Pakistan?

from:  Murtuza
Posted on: Apr 16, 2013 at 18:28 IST

Welcome back to Pakistan Mr Musharraf, so much for gloryfying the failed kargil operation on your recent return in order to drum up support for your campaign. He is wanted for various crimes, including siezing power in a coup d'etat, war crimes against the Balochi people, possible involvement in Ms Bhutto's assasination. No doubt he'll have another rallying cry to wrest control of Kashmir from India, while the rest of his country is in turmoil.

from:  Vida
Posted on: Apr 16, 2013 at 17:33 IST
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