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Supreme Courts stops Musharraf from contesting election after refusal to return to country.

LAHORE -- Supreme Court of Pakistan barred General (retd) Pervez Musharaf from contesting elections after Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar on Thursday took back a conditional permission earlier granted to him.

The CJP took the decision after Musharaf's counsel informed that the former president will not return to the country today (Thursday).

Legal counsel of Musharf told Supreme Court that his client wants to return to the country but he cannot because of current situation and Eid-ul-Fitr holidays.

He informed the bench during the hearing of a case filed by Musharraf in 2015 against the rejection of his nomination papers in the 2013 general election at Supreme Court's Lahore Registry.

As the hearing begins, CJP inquired about Musharraf's intention to appear before the court and adding that an update regarding the former president's appearance should be submitted in court at the earliest.

'The hearing was scheduled for 2:00pm today but we can wait if Musharraf will appear [before court],' Justice Nisar said. He observed that the court staff had to leave for Eid-ul-Fitr holidays.

A day earlier, the apex court had directed Musharraf to return to the country by 2:00pm today.

On Wednesday evening, in a turnabout statement made five hours after the initial claim of Musharraf returning to Pakistan anytime during the next 24 hours, All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) Secretary-General Dr Amjad said the former president was unlikely to return to the country on Thursday (today).

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Publication:Frontier Post (Peshawar, Pakistan)
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Date:Jun 14, 2018
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