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Pakistan

Tribunal Disqualifies Musharraf From Election Bid

Former President Pervez Musharraf holds a copy of his party manifesto at his residence in Islamabad on April 15.
Former President Pervez Musharraf holds a copy of his party manifesto at his residence in Islamabad on April 15.
By RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal
Judges in Pakistan have disqualified former military ruler Pervez Musharraf from running in the last of his chosen constituencies in the country's May 11 general election.

The Peshawar High Court's election tribunal on April 16 ruled in favor of an appeal against the acceptance of Musharraf’s nomination papers in the Chitral constituency in Khyber Pakhtunkwa Province.

Musharraf's lawyer said the decision will be appealed to the Supreme Court.

Musharraf had already been disqualified from three of the four constituencies -- Islamabad, Karachi, and the eastern Kasur district of Punjab Province.

"Yes, his paper has been rejected by the high court. We will file an appeal in the Supreme Court," Musharraf lawyer Ahmed Raza Kasuri was quoted as having confirmed to AFP.

MUSHARRAF'S RETURN: Why Now?

Election officials and others opposing his nomination have cited ongoing court cases against Musharraf.

He is accused of treason for suspending the constitution, imposing a state of emergency, and dismissing senior judges in 2007 near the end of his rule.

Musharraf was granted bail in cases related to the 2007 killings of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and a Baluch rebel leader in 2006.

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