Musharraf gets EC nod to contest polls

Former military ruler Pervez Musharraf was given approval on on Sunday to Contest in general elections from a seat in northern Pakistan after his nomination papers from two other constituencies in the country were rejected

Written by Press Trust Of India | Islamabad | Published:April 8, 2013 1:02 am

Rezaul H Laskar

Former military ruler Pervez Musharraf was given approval on on Sunday to Contest in general elections from a seat in northern Pakistan after his nomination papers from two other constituencies in the country were rejected.

Election officials accepted Musharraf’s nomination papers for a parliamentary constituency ina Chitral in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province. The former President enjoys considerable support in Chitral as several development projects were started in the region during his regime.

Earlier,the former military ruler’s papers for parliamentary constituency number 250 in Karachi were rejected by election officials. Jamaat-e-Islami leader Niyamatullah Khan,who intends to contest the May 11 polls from the same seat,had on Saturday objected to Musharraf’s candidature on the ground that he had twice violated and the Constitution and placed judges under house arrest after declaring an emergency in 2007.

The Returning Officer rejected Musharraf’s papers for the steps he had taken against members of the judiciary,officials said.

A man named Syed Tariq Ali has also objected to nomination papers filed by Musharraf for another parliamentary constituency in Islamabad.

The Returning Officer for a constituency at Kasur in Punjab had rejected Musharraf’s nomination papers on Friday on the ground that the signature did not match the one on his national identity card.

Musharraf had filed papers to contest the general election from four parliamentary seats in Karachi,Islamabad,Chitral and Kasur.

Meanwhile,a three-judge bench of the Supreme Court led by Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry will take up Monday a petition filed by former Rawalpindi High Court Bar Association president Taufiq Asif seeking Musharraf’s trial for treason. At the hearing,the bench will decide whether treason proceedings should be initiated against Musharraf.

Ashraf’s papers rejected

Islamabad: The Election Commission rejected former premier Raja Pervez Ashraf’s nomination papers for a constituency in Rawalpindi even as it completed the verification of nominations of 24,094 candidates contesting the May 11 polls. Ashraf’s nomination papers were rejected after he was accused of misappropriating funds and indulging in nepotism. The Pakistan People’s Party leader is facing allegations of corruption in clearing rental power projects.

While rejecting Ashraf’s papers,the Returning Officer said Ashraf did not fulfil the criteria of Articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution,which state that a candidate should have a “good character”.

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