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Pak SC quashes Musharraf's hopes of contesting July polls

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

Pervez Musharraf's hope of staging a political comeback by contesting the July 25 polls was quashed today when Pakistan's withdrew the conditional permission given earlier to the former dictator after he failed to appear before it.

Musharraf, the former has not returned to since leaving for in March 2016 on the pretext of medical treatment.

The All Muslim League (APML) had filed his nomination from the northern district of after the court last week allowed him to contest next month's but made it conditional on his appearance before it on June 13 in a case linked to his lifelong disqualification by the in 2013.

yesterday had rebuked the former army chief for "cowardice", taunting him for not appearing in court and had told him to appear by 2 pm today.

During the hearing, his informed the four-member bench of the apex court that he had spoken to Musharraf and he was determined to return. But Musharraf said it was not possible for him to come immediately.

Afzal pleaded that Musharraf needs more time to appear before the court owing to the "current situation [in the country]" and Eidul Fitr holidays. He also claimed that Musharraf was ill.

It prompted the to adjourn the hearing for an indefinite period, saying the next hearing will be held when the petitioner was ready for it.

"Alright, we'll adjourn the court hearing till indefinite time period, will hold it on your wish," the observed.

But the ordered the elections.

Earlier Musharraf's APML said on that "preparations for his return were in the final stage". It was not clear why the plan was changed within hours after it was announced.

Musharraf is wanted in in several high-profile cases.

He is facing a high-profile treason case and has been declared an absconder due to his persistent failure to appear before the special trial court set up to try him.

The former was indicted in March 2014 on treason charges for imposing an emergency in the country which led to the confinement of a number of superior court judges in their houses and sacking of over 100 other judges.

A conviction for high-profile treason carries the death penalty or life imprisonment.

Musharraf has sought adequate security from the government for his return to appear in court in the treason case.

Musharraf, who ruled Pakistan from 1999 to 2008, has been declared a fugitive in the Benazir Bhutto murder case and Red Mosque killing case.

In April 2013, the had disqualified him for life, holding him ineligible to contest elections. It also dismissed his appeal against his disqualification.

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First Published: Thu, June 14 2018. 17:25 IST