Supreme Court to take posthumous action on General Musharraf’s petition

Former Pakistan President and Army Chief Pervez Musharraf in Downing Street, London.  Reuters/File
Former Pakistan President and Army Chief Pervez Musharraf at Downing Street in London. Reuters/File
  • Musharraf died on 5 February in Dubai at the age of 79.
  • The CJP-led bench will hear Musharraf’s plea on July 20.
  • In the petition, the decision of the PHC on rejecting the nomination papers has been challenged.

The Supreme Court will next week hear the appeal filed by former President Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf against the rejection of his nomination papers by the Appellate Election Tribunal for the 2013 general elections. news informed of.

Musharraf died on February 5 in Dubai at the age of 79 after battling a prolonged illness.

A three-judge bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial will begin proceedings on July 20 on the former president’s petition challenging the Peshawar High Court (PHC) verdict.

On January 20, 2022, a three-member bench of the apex court headed by Justice Bandial, comprising Justice Mansoor Ali Shah and Justice Amin-ud-Din Khan, dismissed Musharraf’s appeal challenging the Sindh High Court (SHC) verdict. was rejected. In the 2013 general elections, his nomination papers were rejected after being found ineffective.

Musharraf had challenged the SHC’s decision to disqualify him from contesting the election as a candidate for the National Assembly and urged the apex court to set aside the verdict against his disqualification.

During the proceedings, Musharraf’s counsel had said that his client’s second appeal against the PHC decision had not yet been fixed for hearing.

At this, Justice Bandial had directed that another appeal of the former President against the decision of the PHC should be fixed for hearing before a larger bench and adjourned the hearing to a date (indefinite period) in office .

The bench had said that the assembly elected in 2013 completed its term in 2018.

The lawyer had argued that the former president was out of the country and could not be contacted. He requested the court to fix the hearing of both the appeals together.

However, Justice Bandial dismissed the appeal against the SHC’s decision but said that the appeal against the PHC’s decision would be decided later.

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