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Musharraf may contest in upcoming general elections

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

Pakistan's former dictator may contest in the upcoming elections scheduled to be held on July 25 after the gave him a conditional permission, his party has said.

The of the apex court hearing a petition against a lifetime ban on him by a high court in 2013 said that 74-year-old Musharraf can file nomination.

Musharraf's All Muslims League (APML) said that he would contest election from the northern district of in province.

It is the same seat which was won by a candidate who was supported by the APML in 2013 elections after Musharraf was disqualified by the

There were reports that he will also contest from his home city of

APML said Musharraf will come back before the election but did not give a final date. He said that the party will field candidates for several seats.

The in its ruling asked Musharraf to appear in person on June 13 and promised that he will not be arrested despite involvement in several criminal cases.

The apex court has been criticised by leading politicians, including ousted premier Nawaz Sharif, for allowing Musharraf to contest despite his disqualification.

Musharraf came to power in a bloodless coup in 1999 and ruled until 2008 when forced to resign. He has been living in since March 2016 after he was allowed to leave the country for medical treatment.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sat, June 09 2018. 15:25 IST
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