Pakistan blocks Musharraf from contesting election
Published on Apr 16, 2013 6:56 PM
ISLAMABAD (AFP) - Pakistan's former military ruler Pervez Musharraf was on Tuesday barred from running for parliament, officials said, just a day after he unveiled his party manifesto for historic elections next month.
It was the latest humiliating blow to the retired general who returned home last month after four years of self-imposed exile, promising to "save" the nuclear-armed country from economic malaise and rampant insecurity.
The 69-year-old, who faces Taleban death threats, applied to run for parliament in four seats but was rejected immediately from all but the northern district of Chitral.
Lawyers appealed against his approval in Chitral, part of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, and a court official in provincial capital Peshawar, said Mr Musharraf's nomination had been thrown out on the grounds that he violated the constitution by imposing emergency rule in 2007.
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