Published: Monday, April 8, 2013

Court clears Musharraf for Pak poll

Pakistan’s former military ruler Gen Pervez Musharraf was given approval yesterday to run for parliament in a remote northern district after being rejected in two other parts of the country, his aide said.
Rashid Qureshi said election officials in Chitral, near the Afghan border, accepted Musharraf’s nomination papers.
Musharraf, who seized power in a military coup in 1999 but was forced to step down nearly a decade later, returned to Pakistan from exile last month to run for the National Assembly.
Musharraf’s two other applications to run in districts in southern and central Pakistan were rejected while a third in Islamabad is pending.
Opponents have filed objections based on actions he took while ruling Pakistan. His opponents allege that he violated the constitution by overthrowing an elected government in 1999, was involved in the killing of a nationalist leader, ousted superior judiciary judges and ordered a raid against a mosque in downtown Islamabad that had become a sanctuary for militants.