Poll tribunal summons Musharraf over nomination objections
Islamabad/Lahore: An election tribunal on Thursday summoned former President Pervez Musharraf on April 16 to respond to objections against his nomination papers for a parliamentary constituency in Pakistan`s Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.
The tribunal directed Musharraf to appear before it in Peshawar to respond to the objections against his candidature in Chitral, the only constituency where his nomination papers were accepted by poll authorities.
In a separate development, Musharraf filed an appeal against the rejection of his nomination papers for Kasur constituency in Punjab province.
An election tribunal will take up the appeal tomorrow.
The appeal against the rejection of the papers was filed yesterday, the last day to challenge decisions made by Returning Officers.
In the appeal filed by lawyer Salman Safdar, Musharraf said he had served the country as President for 10 years but the Returning Officer in Kasur had rejected his nomination papers.
Musharraf pointed out that his nomination papers were accepted in the constituency at Chitral.
He asked the tribunal to set aside the Returning Officer`s order and allow him to contest the May 11 polls in Kasur.
The former military ruler had filed nomination papers for four parliamentary constituencies.
However, his papers were rejected by Returning Officers in Karachi, Kasur and Islamabad. In Karachi, an election tribunal will take up Musharraf`s appeal on April 15.
Musharraf also appealed against the rejection of his nomination papers in Islamabad. The papers were rejected on the ground that he had not paid taxes for several years.
Musharraf`s lawyer told an election tribunal that any person who lived outside Pakistan for over 180 days was not required to pay taxes.
The tribunal asked the lawyer to present the law that exempted persons living abroad from paying taxes.
Musharraf returned to Pakistan last month after nearly four years in self-exile to lead his All Pakistan Muslim League party in the May 11 general election.