Musharraf’s nomination papers rejected

Islamabad, April 5 (IANS) The nomination papers of Pakistan’s former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf for the upcoming general elections were rejected Friday from Kasur, one of the four parliamentary constituencies he is seeking to contest from.

Advocate Javed Kasuri had raised objections over Musharraf’s candidacy, citing Articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution that lay down rules for qualification and disqualification for contestants for the Majlis-e-Shoora (parliament), Dawn reported.

Accepting the objections, the returning officer rejected the nomination papers.

Musharraf filed papers to contest elections from four parliamentary seats — Karachi, Islamabad, Chitral and Kasur.

Located adjacent to the India-Pakistan border, the city of Kasur is 55 km from Lahore and is one of the oldest cities of the country.

Meanwhile, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has also sought Musharraf’s disqualification by the Election Commission, citing his ineligibility due to alleged involvement in four cases.

These are:

— the Akbar Bugti killing case relating to murder of the Baloch tribal head Aug 26, 2006.

— the Lal Masjid case relating to the July 3, 2007 ordering by Musharraf of a military operation against the mosque for challenging the writ of the state. The military besieged the mosque for 12 days before assaulting the compound, an attack in which hundreds of students were killed.

— the Benazir Bhutto killing case relating to the former prime minister’s assassination in Rawalpindi in December 2007.

— the missing people’s case relating to those who had been secretly detained by the intelligence agencies during Musharraf’s regime and are still untraced.

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