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Musharraf out of Pak election race

Musharraf out of  Pak election race
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Islamabad (PTI): Quashing his political ambitions, a Pakistani election tribunal on Tuesday barred former military dictator Pervez Musharraf from...

musharafIslamabad (PTI): Quashing his political ambitions, a Pakistani election tribunal on Tuesday barred former military dictator Pervez Musharraf from running for Parliament in the only constituency where his nomination papers for the May 11 elections had been accepted. Musharraf's bid to enter parliament ended almost a month before the general election when an election tribunal rejected his candidature for a Parliamentary seat in Chitral - the only constituency where his nomination papers had been accepted. Musharraf, 69, had plans to contest polls in four parliamentary seats in Chitral, Karachi, Kasur and Islamabad. Earlier in the day, two other election tribunals barred Musharraf from contesting polls from constituencies in Islamabad and Kasur in Punjab province. The tribunals comprising high court judges upheld decisions by Returning Officers to reject Musharraf's nomination papers for the National Assembly constituencies. The new developments came a day after another election tribunal dismissed Musharraf's appeal against the rejection of his nomination papers for a parliamentary constituency in the southern port city of Karachi. On Tuesday, 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. Pakistan will go to the polls on May 11 to choose new national and provincial assemblies, marking the first democratic transition in the country's 66-year history.
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