Court bans Pakistan's Musharraf from standing in elections

- Former military ruler Musharraf cannot contest parliamentary polls, a high court has ruled.

By Aamir Latif

KARACHI, Pakistan (AA) - A Pakistani high court has declared the country's former military ruler General Pervez Musharraf incompetent for contesting parliamentary elections, a court record said on Saturday.

A three-member bench of the high court of Sindh province led by Chief Justice Maqbool Baqar found General Musharraf guilty of suspending the country's constitution, and putting the supreme court judges under house arrest in November 2007.

The court observed that Pakistan's supreme court had already declared Musharraf's respective actions illegal, and therefore, he could not be a member of the parliament in line with the constitution.

The former army chief who is currently facing separate trials in three murder cases, including the one of slain Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, ruled the country from 1999 to 2008. General Musharraf had filed an appeal in the Sindh high court against the election commission that barred him from contesting elections in May 2013 on the same grounds. However, the judges upheld the election commission's decision.

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