Pervez Musharraf barred from contesting election
Islamabad: Former Pakistani military ruler Pervez Musharraf's political ambitions was crushed on Tuesday after he was barred from contesting the May 11 polls following disqualification of his nomination papers from all the four constituencies.
An election tribunal today rejected his candidature for a parliamentary seat in Chitral the only constituency where his nomination papers had been accepted.
Earlier in the day, two other election tribunals barred Musharraf from contesting polls from constituencies in Islamabad and Kasur in Punjab province. His nomination papers from Karachi parliamentary constituency were rejected yesterday.
The tribunals comprising High Court judges upheld decisions by Returning Officers to reject Musharraf's nomination papers for the National Assembly constituencies.
Musharraf, 69, had plans to contest polls in four parliamentary seats in Chitral, Karachi, Kasur and Islamabad.
Today, the tribunal, comprising of judges of the Peshawar High Court, accepted appeals from five of Musharraf's rivals against the acceptance of his nominations by the Returning Officer in Chitral district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.
The rivals had contended that Musharraf cannot contest the elections as he had violated the Constitution by imposing emergency rule in 2007. Musharraf had filed appeals in the tribunals against the Returning Officers' decisions but these were rejected.
The Returning Officers had rejected Musharraf's nomination papers after receiving objections to his candidature on the ground that he had violated the Constitution.
Though his papers were accepted in Chitral, his rivals filed objections against his candidature.
The former dictator has been facing numerous political and legal challenges since he returned to Pakistan last month after nearly four years in self-exile.