Pervez Musharrafs nomination papers for a parliamentary constituency in Pakistans Punjab province were Friday rejected,even as the Supreme Court decided to hear a petition seeking the former military rulers trial for treason.
The Returning Officer for a parliamentary constituency at Kasur in Punjab rejected 69-year-old Musharrafs nomination papers for the May 11 general election on the ground that the signature did not match the one on his national identity card,officials told PTI.
Reports said a lawyer,Javed Kasuri Advocate,too had objected to Musharrafs candidature on the ground that the former President had violated Articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution,which specify that candidates should have a good character and be sagacious,righteous and non-profligate.
Returning Officer Mohammad Saleem rejected the former dictators nomination papers,officials said.
In a separate development,a man named Syed Tariq Ali submitted an objection to nomination papers filed by Musharraf for another parliamentary constituency in Islamabad.
It could not immediately be ascertained when election authorities would take up the objection.
In another significant development,a three-judge bench of the Supreme Court led by Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry will take up on Monday a petition filed by former Rawalpindi High Court Bar Association president Taufiq Asif seeking Musharrafs trial for treason.
The petition was included among cases scheduled to be heard next week,the officials said.
Asifs petition was clubbed with two other applications seeking similar action against Musharraf,they said.
At the hearing on Monday,the bench will decide whether treason proceedings should be initiated against Musharraf.
Musharraf has filed papers to contest the election from four parliamentary seats in Karachi,Islamabad,Chitral and Kasur.