Pervez Musharraf to contest elections from NA-1 Chitral

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Pakistan's former President Pervez Musharraf speaks during a news conference in Dubai in this March 23, 2013 file photograph. Musharraf, was granted bail on November 4, 2013 in a case related to the killing of a cleric, taking him a step closer to freedom after months under house arrest and legal wrangling over his fate. REUTERS/Mohammad Abu Omar/Files (UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - Tags: POLITICS)

ISLAMABAD : Former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf will be contesting the 2018 general elections from the NA-1 Chitral constituency.

All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) sources said that he will also submit his nomination papers to contest the polls from four other constituencies.

The Supreme Court had conditionally allowed Musharraf to file his nomination papers for the elections.

Musharraf’s lawyer Qamar Afzal appealed to the court to throw out the Lahore High Court’s lifetime ban on him contesting elections and heading a political party.

The lawyer said that his client wanted to contest the July 25 election and they wanted to file nomination papers.

Chief Justice Saqib Nisar said Musharraf could be permitted to submit his documents if he returned to Pakistan next week, but the high court’s decision could not be annulled.
He assured that Musharraf would not be arrested upon his return.

“We can revoke his disqualification only if he arrives in Pakistan and faces the courts. Ask him to appear by June 13,” the CJP said.

The former military dictator had also submitted his nomination papers from the NA-1 Chitral constituency for the 2013 elections.

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