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Musharraf denied permission to contest Pakistan election

The filing of nomination was however conditional on his appearance before it on June 13

With general elections in Pakistan, the country’s Supreme Court today withdrew a conditional permission for former military ruler Pervez Musharraf to contest elections.

This after he failed to appear in the court.

It need be recalled that General (Retd.) Musharraf had filed his nomination from Chitral after the court last week allowed him to contest the July 25 general election.

The filing of nomination was however conditional on his appearance before it on June 13.

The case, it need be mentioned, links to his lifelong disqualification by the Peshawar High Court in 2013.

Even the Chief Justice Saqib Nisar rebuked the former army chief for cowardice and taunting him for not appearing in court.

However, the Musharraf’s All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) said on Twitter that “preparations for his return were in the final stage”.

The former president was indicted in March 2014 on treason charges for imposing an emergency in the country which led to the confinement of a number of superior court judges in their houses and sacking of over 100 other judges.

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