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SC bars Musharraf from contesting election after failure to return to country | Pakistan

LAHORE: Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar on Thursday took again a conditional permission earlier granted to General (retd) Pervez Musharraf to contest the upcoming common election after his counsel knowledgeable that the former president is not going to return to the country at the moment (Thursday).

“Musharraf wants to return to the country but cannot owing to the current situation and Eid-ul-Fitr holidays,” the previous navy chief’s counsel instructed the bench throughout the listening to of a case filed by Musharraf in 2015 towards the rejection of his nomination papers within the 2013 common election at Supreme Court’s Lahore Registry.

The chief justice had earlier at the moment inquired about Musharraf’s intention to seem earlier than the court docket.

“Find out if Musharraf will appear before court or not,” the chief justice ordered the deputy lawyer common, including that an replace relating to the previous president’s look needs to be submitted in court docket on the earliest.

“The hearing was scheduled for 2:00pm today but we can wait if Musharraf will appear [before court],” Justice Nisar mentioned. He noticed that the court docket employees had to depart for Eid-ul-Fitr holidays.

A day earlier, the apex court docket had directed Musharraf to return to the country by 2:00pm at the moment. 

On Wednesday night, in a turnabout assertion made 5 hours after the preliminary declare of Musharraf returning to Pakistan anytime throughout the subsequent 24 hours, All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) Secretary-General Dr Amjad mentioned the previous president was unlikely to return to the country on Thursday (at the moment).

Dr Amjad cited “difficulties in purchasing tickets back home” as the rationale for low odds of the previous navy chief returning to the country.

The ex-president’s passport, however, was nonetheless blocked as of reporting time, making his return at the moment unlikely.

Musharraf was attempting to get new dates from the courts, Dr Amjad added.

Earlier on Wednesday evening, the celebration’s secretary-general had mentioned the APML chief’s journey preparations had been within the closing stage. “We are reviewing the flight schedules,” he mentioned.

The Supreme Court on June 7 had ordered the previous president to seem earlier than it and warranted he wouldn’t be arrested upon look.

Chief Justice Nisar had remarked that the apex court docket would cross an order making certain authorities to not arrest Musharraf earlier than his look in court docket.

“He [Musharraf] should come [to the court] if he is a commando. Like politicians, he should not keep claiming he will return.”

The chief justice had additional noticed that the scrutiny of Musharraf’s nomination papers for the upcoming General Election 2018 wouldn’t be allowed if he failed to return to Pakistan. 

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