Former dictator Pervez Musharraf will not be taking part in the upcoming general election scheduled to take place on 25th July, 2018.
Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar took back a conditional permission to allow Musharraf to take part in the upcoming election after the former dictator’s counsel informed him that the former dictator won’t be coming back to Pakistan anytime soon.
“Musharraf wants to return… but cannot,” Counsel tells the bench
“Musharraf wants to return to the country but cannot owing to the current situation and Eid-ul-Fitr holidays,” Musharraf’s counsel told the bench hearing a case filed by the former dictator back in 2015 against the rejection of his nomination papers in 2013 general elections. The case was being heard at Supreme Court’s Lahore Registry.
The chief justice had earlier today inquired about the former dictator’s intention to appear before the court.
“Find out if Musharraf will appear before court or not,” the chief justice had ordered the deputy attorney general.
“The hearing was scheduled for 2:00pm today but we can wait if Musharraf will appear [before court],” Chief Justice Nisar had said. He observed that the court staff had to leave for Eid-ul-Fitr holidays.
A day earlier, the apex court had directed the former dictator to return to the country by 2:00pm today.
A turn of events
Dr. Amjad, All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) Secretary-General, had earlier told the press that Musharraf could be landing in Pakistan “anytime now,” but later, in a turnabout statement made only five hours after the initial claim, said that his leader won’t be returning anytime soon due to “difficulties in purchasing tickets back home.”
He also mentioned that the former president’s passport was still blocked and so, it was not possible for him to return.