The former SSG Commando, ex-Army Chief and Dictator General (retd) Pervez Musharraf has been banned from contesting elections in Pakistan.
The 69-year-old applied to run for parliament in four seats but was rejected immediately from all but the northern district of Chitral, on the Afghan border.
A three-judge panel in Peshawar disqualified Musharraf from running for a parliamentary seat in a northwestern district, though election officials had approved his candidacy Sunday.
Lawyers appealed against his approval in Chitral and on Tuesday a court official said Musharraf’s nomination had been thrown out on the grounds that he violated the constitution in 2007.
Musharraf’s team have vowed to appeal against the decision in the Supreme Court, which is also hearing a separate petition from lawyers demanding that Musharraf face trial for treason dating back to his 1999-2008 rule.
Lawyer Ahmed Raza Kasuri said the decision was an insult to “an internationally known person” and would show the world “what democracy we have.”
Musharraf’s main rival in Chitral told AFP that he asked for him to be disqualified for violating the constitution, killing Benazir Bhutto, seizing power in 1999 and raiding Lal Masjid in Islamabad in 2007.