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SC to hold posthumous proceedings on Gen Musharraf’s plea

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SC to hold posthumous proceedings on Gen Musharraf’s plea

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Pakistans former president and chief of army staff Pervez Musharraf in Downing Street in London. — Reuters/File
Pakistan’s former president and chief of army staff Pervez Musharraf in Downing Street in London. — Reuters/File 
  • Musharraf passed away at age of 79 in Dubai on February 5.
  • CJP-led bench to take up Musharraf’s plea on July 20. 
  • Plea challenges PHC verdict on rejection of nomination papers. 

The Supreme Court next week will take up posthumously, an appeal filed by former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf against the rejection of his nomination papers by the Appellate Election Tribunal for general elections in 2013, The News reported. 

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

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

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

Musharraf had challenged the SHC’s verdict declaring him disqualified to contest as a candidate of the National Assembly and had pleaded the apex court to annul the judgment against his disqualification.

During the course of proceedings, Musharraf’s counsel had submitted that his client’s second appeal against the PHC verdict was not yet fixed for hearing.

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

The bench had observed that the assembly elected in 2013 completed its tenure in 2018.

The counsel had contended that the former president had been out of the country and could not be contacted. He had pleaded the court to fix both appeals for hearing simultaneously.

Justice Bandial, however, dismissed the appeal against the SHC verdict but held that the appeal against the PHC verdict would be decided later on.

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