Islamabad (June 11, 2018): Following the assurance by the Supreme Court, former President Pervez Musharraf submitted nomination papers on Monday to contest the upcoming general elections from a National Assembly constituency NA-1 (Chitral), NA-188 (Layyah) and NA-247, Karachi.
The papers in Karachi were submitted by the former president’s lawyer and party leaders from NA-247 Karachi to the returning officer in the area, the first constituency of the lower house of parliament.
The papers were submitted by the former president’s lawyer and party leaders from NA-1 Chitral to the returning officer in the area.
The NA-247 constituency has become media focused after Musharraf’s submission of forms as MQM Pakistan head Farooq Sattar, PSP chief Mustafa Kamal and PTI leader Arfi Alive have also submitted their nomination papers from the same constituency.
Musharraf had submitted nomination papers from Chitral in the 2013 poll as well. His party, the All Pakistan Muslim League (APML), had managed to win a seat each in the National Assembly and KP Assembly from Chitral’s NA-32 and PK-90 constituencies, despite announcing a boycott of the 2013 general elections.The leaders of the APML Chitral chapter expressed hope that their leader would win the imminent contest by a large margin.
Earlier today, the chief justice ordered the unblocking of Musharraf’s identity card and passport.
Retired Gen Musharraf, who is also facing a high treason case, was allowed last week by the Supreme Court to file nomination papers if he personally appeared before the court in Lahore for a hearing on June 13.
The SC is currently hearing Musharraf’s appeal against a 2013 Peshawar High Court (PHC) verdict disqualifying him for promulgating a state of emergency in November 2007.Following his disqualification, Musharraf’s nomination papers for Karachi’s NA-250 seat in the polls that year were rejected by a returning officer on the grounds that he had held in abeyance and suspended the Constitution on Nov 3, 2007, detained and removed a number of superior court judges, and publicly insulted then chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry.
Earlier today, top Judge of the Apex Court, Justice Mian Saqib Nisar has directed to unblock National Identity Card and passport of former President Pervez Musharraf so that he can come back to Pakistan.
During the hearing of an issue related to Musharraf’s return, the CJP ordered to constitute tribunal within two days for the trial of the ex-President.
CJP further remarked that Musharraf should not be arrested from the airport as we have given him protection.