Musharraf's candidature challenged in Supreme Court 2007-10-02 17:09:32   Print

    ISLAMABAD, Oct. 2 (Xinhua) -- Two presidential candidates filed petitions in the Supreme Court challenging President General Pervez Musharraf's candidature on Tuesday, the News Network International (NNI) news agency reported.

    The petitions, filed by former Supreme Court judge Wajeehuddin Ahmed and Makhdoom Amin Fahim, the acting chief of opposition Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), said that Musharraf could not contest election when still holding the office of army chief.

    The petitioners also argued that the term of the present parliament and provincial assemblies expire in November and these assemblies can not elect a president for next five years. They also said that the new presidential elections must be held after anew electoral college is in place, the NNI report said.

    The petitions asked the Supreme Court to reject the nomination papers of Musharraf and suspend the presidential elections till the final verdict from the court. The petitioners requested the court to stop Musharraf from contesting election in army uniform.

    The Supreme Court on Friday issued a ruling which dismissed petitions challenging Musharraf's dual office.

    The presidential elections are slated to be held on Oct. 6 according to the Election Commission.

Editor: Xia Xiaopeng
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