Supreme Court adjourns hearing into petitions against Musharraf nomination till today

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ISLAMABAD: The eleven member larger bench of the Supreme Court has adjourned till tomorrow the hearing of the petitions filed against the acceptance of nomination papers of President Pervez Musharraf by the Election Commission for the next term. In his arguments, Counsel for Retired Justice Wajhiuddin Ahmad, Aitzaz Ahsan submitted that the President can hold two offices according to the constitution till the15th of November, but he can not contest election for the office of the President being Army Chief.Mr. Aitzaz Ahsan contended that article 243, 244 and 245 apply on every Army officer that make clear that no army personnel can take part in politics. He said even army act also puts a bar on army officers to take part in political activities and become a candidate for a political office under a proper termination of their service. He said General Pervez Musharraf was not qualified to contest Presidential elections on the day he filed his nomination papers, therefore, he cannot be declared a lawful candidate for this office.

 

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The bench is headed by Justice Javed Iqbal. Other members of the bench are: Justice Abdul Hameed Dogar, Justice Khalil-ur-Rehman Ramday, Justice Mohammad Nawaz Abbasi, Justice Faqir Mohammad Khokar, Justice M. Javed Buttar, Justice Tassadaq Hussain Jilani, Justice Raja Fayyaz Ahmed, Justice Chaudhry Aijaz Ahmed, Justice Syed Jamshed Ali and Justice Ghulam Rabbani.