Pak SC dismisses 5 out of 6 challenges against Musharraf’s presidential election

November 19th, 2007 - 4:43 pm ICT by admin  

Islamabad, Nov 19 (ANI): Pakistan Supreme Court on Monday dismissed five out of the six petitions challenging President General Pervez Musharraf’s candidature in the controversial October 6 presidential election.
The newly appointed judges of the Supreme Court will be hearing the remaining one petition later this week.
The apex court’s decision to uphold Musharraf’s election was on the expected lines, after the General imposed emergency on November 3 and immediately sacked Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry.
Post emergency, most of the judges were asked to step down, and Musharraf filled the vacant posts with a set of new judges loyal to him.
The new judges have already struck down the bench’s earlier decision to term the imposition of emergency and invoking the Provisional Constitutional Order as illegal.
The new Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Abdul Hameed Dogar, who was appointed soon after emergency was proclaimed, is known to be close to the military regime.
The Supreme Court’s latest order was expected to come before November 15, when the term of the President was coming to an end.
Musharraf has already announced that he would quit the post of Army Chief once the Supreme Court validates his presidential election, and that he would continue as the civilian President for the next five years. (ANI)

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