LAHORE: The game is over for Pervez Musharraf.
The former Pakistani dictator, who returned to Pakistan last month after four and a half years of self-imposed exile to lead his All-Pakistan Muslim League (APML) in the May 11 elections, has been thrown out of the election race with his nomination papers rejected from NA-32 Chitral constituency.
His papers from three other constituencies was already rejected, leaving him high and dry.
Musharraf’s lawyer said they would contest the decision in the High Court, according to a report in Dawn.
Earlier in the day, an election tribunal had decided against an appeal filed by Musharraf challenging the returning officer’s rejection of his nomination papers for NA-48 (Islamabad-I).
The returning officer had rejected Musharraf’s nomination after objections were raised on it saying the retired general had subverted the Constitution as army chief and had illegally placed judges under house arrest, the report said.
Musharraf’s appeal for NA-139 (Kasur-II) was also rejected by an election tribunal in Lahore.
The tribunal said the former president had abrogated the Constitution thrice and thus did not qualify to contest in the coming general election, Dawn said.