Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Court bans Pervez Musharraf from polls for life Omer Farooq

Ma 1,2013,

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan\'s former military ruler Pervez Musharraf\'s plans to stage a political comeback were virtually sealed on Tuesday after the Peshawar high court banned him from contesting polls for life while another court remanded him in judicial custody till three days after the May 11 parliamentary polls.

The high court\'s ruling came on an appeal by the former president who had challenged the rejection of his nomination papers for the national assembly seat in the north-western hill-station of Chitral. \"Since Musharraf had abrogated the Constitution twice, he could not be allowed to contest elections for either the National Assembly or Senate,\" the four-member bench, headed by chief justice of the high court justice Dost Muhammad Khan, said while dismissing his plea.

The 69-year old former military dictator returned to Pakistan from self-imposed exile on March 24 to head his All Pakistan Muslim League in the May 11 general elections. He had filed nomination papers from four constituencies, but his candidature was rejected in each of them. His appeals against dismissal of papers from other seats - Islamabad, Karachi and Kasur in Punjab - were rejected earlier.

Meanwhile, an anti-terrorism court (ATC) in the garrison city of Rawalpindi sent him to a two-week judicial remand in the Benazir Bhutto assassination case. The court fixed the next date of hearing on May 14, three days after the polls. Bhutto was killed in a deadly bomb and gun attack in December 2007 after addressing an election rally in Rawalpindi\'s Liaquat Bagh. The court had framed charges against Musharraf in the case in February 2011, and in August that year he was declared a proclaimed offender. The ex-army chief, already in judicial custody in the judges\' detention case after imposing emergency in November 2007, was not produced in the court for security reasons.

The court gave permission to the Balochistan police to question Musharraf in the case relating to the killing of Baloch nationalist leader Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti. Bugti was killed in a military offensive in the mountainous Dera Bugti region in southwest in August 2006 when Musharraf was president and army chief.

Chaudhry Zulfiqar Ali, special prosecutor of Federal Investigation Agency ( FIA), told media after the hearing that Musharraf was not cooperating with the investigation team in the Benazir assassination case.

The Rise & Fall of the General

# Promoted as army chief super ceding three generals shortly before the Kargil conflict that he masterminded in 1999

# Seized power in a bloodless coup in October \'99 to become one of Pakistan\'s longest-serving rulers

# Ordered storming of Islamabad\'s Red Mosque along with its adjacent seminary in 2007; Over 100 killed

# Resigned in August 2008 & left Pakistan under the shadow of impeachment and lawyers\' movement

# Returned to Pakistan in March 2013 to contest general elections

# Faces three criminal cases including treason for imposing emergency, arresting judges in 2007

# Arrested after fleeing a local court as it cancelled his bail in April
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