Martial law, if SC decides against Musharraf's candidature: Niazi

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Islamabad, Oct 17: The imposition of martial law in Pakistan cannot be ruled out if the Supreme Court decides that President Pervez Musharraf's re-election from the present assemblies is invalid, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Sher Afgan Khan Niazi has said.

The Supreme Court will resume hearing today on a bunch of petitions challenging Gen Musharraf's candidacy to contest the presidential election held on October 6.

Mr Niazi, while speaking to a private TV channel, asserted that former prime ministers Nawaz Sharif and Benazir Bhutto would not benefit from the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO), as the legislation would grant amnesty in politically motivated cases and not those of corruption and money laundering.

He said the apex court had ''no authority'' to reject the NRO ''entirely'', as the court could only erase the clauses of the Ordinance that were against the human rights guaranteed in the Constitution.

He said the NRO would have to be approved by Parliament.

An 11-member bench of the Supreme Court will today hear review petitions from MMA chief Qazi Hussain Ahmed, Pakistan Tehreek Insaf president Imran Khan and others, challenging Gen Musharraf's candidature for the presidential polls.

UNI

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