In a massive blow to Pervez Musharraf's plans to stage a political comeback in Paksitan, a court has slapped a life ban on him from contesting elections for abrogating the constitution twice and detaining judges during the 2007 emergency.
The Peshawar high court imposed the ban while dismissing Musharraf's appeal challenging the rejection of his nomination papers for the May 11 general election. The lifetime ban was imposed because Musharraf had abrogated the Constitution twice and detained judges during the 2007 emergency. The ban extends to the polls to the national and provincial assemblies and the Senate.
The former president is currently under house arrest at his farmhouse on the outskirts of Islamabad. It was declared a sub-jail after he had been arrested over the sacking of judges during the 2007 emergency and the assassination of former premier Benazir Bhutto. An anti-terrorism court in Rawalpindi has remanded Musharraf to judicial custody for a fortnight in the Bhutto assassination case. He faces charges of providing inadequate security to Bhutto after her returnto Pakistan from self-exile in 2007.
Musharraf, who heads the All Pakistan Muslim League, had returned to Pakistan last month after nearly 4 years in self-exile but he has been dragged to court over several issues, including the imposition of emergency rule in 2007 and the death of Baloch leader Akbar Bugti in a 2006 military operation.