Musharraf violates constitution, pleases US: PLF, APDM

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Islamabad, Sep 21 (UNI) Holding the reins of dual offices has fetched heavy criticism for Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf as he has been called 'violator of constitution' and 'appeaser of the US' in and outside the Supreme Court here.

For flouting the constitution, a leading lawyer took a swipe on Musharraf in the Supreme Court today.

Counsel for Pakistan Lawyers Forum, which has challenged holding of dual offices by Musharraf along with Jamat-e-Islami and cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan, AK Dogar said ''Musharraf should have kept himself aloof from political wrangling but he is taking part in the political activities like an activist.'' Musharraf was not an impartial man and was a de facto head of a political party, Mr Dogar told the nine-member bench.

A person who violated constitution could not qualify for the candidature of the highest office of the country, he added.

''General Musharraf gave an undertaking to the Supreme Court to surrender his powers to the civilians within three years but he did never fulfil his promise,'' said the lawyer while stressing that the man who did not care for the law, could not be allowed to contest the election.

Outside the court, hundreds of Islamists chanted slogans-- ''Musharraf is pet dog of the US, give a final push to crumbling wall'' and ''Go Musharraf Go'', at a rally organised by All Parties Democratic Movement (APDM).

''APDM wants Musharraf to step down. He is unacceptable to us,'' Ahmad said.

He announced that lawmakers belonging to APDM would resign from assemblies immediately after the acceptance of Musharraf's nomination papers.

Besides, Mutahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) addressed a rally describing Musharraf as usurper and said people hated him because of his friendship with the US which was against Muslims in support of Israel. People,in the rally, loudly called ''George W Bush'' the biggest ''terrorist''.

Pakistan's Election Commission yesterday decided October 6 as the date for presidential elections in the country, days after Gen Musharraf told the court that he would relinquish army chief's office soon after election but before taking oath of the president for the next term.


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