Pakistan SC dismisses last petition against Musharraf

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Islamabad, Nov 22 (UNI) Pakistan Supreme Court today dismissed the last petition challenging military ruler Pervez Musharraf's re-election and candidature, paving way for him to take oath as President for the second term.

A full-court headed by Chief Justice Abdul Hameed Dogar dismissed the petition of Dr Zahoor Mehdi days after dismissal of another five legal challenges filed by two presidential candidates Wajihuddin Ahmad and Makhdoom Amin Fahim and others.

President Musharraf, who had imposed emergency in the country on November 3, had overwhelmingly won the October 6 presidential election. However, the court had directed to withhold official notification of returned candidate till decision on the petitions.

Mr Musharraf is expected to take oath for the next term on Saturday. But it was not clear whether he would hang off the uniform as promised before taking the oath.

However, former deputy information minister Tariq Azeem claimed that he will hang off uniform before taking the oath.

Mr Musharraf has already named vice army chief Ashfaq Parvez Kiyani as his successor.

"The court will announce the short order tomorrow," Mr Dogar said after hearing petitions challenging the imposition of emergency in the country.

The court is also expected to announce the ruling on emergency issue.

Mr Musharraf's top lawyer Sharifuddin Pirzada told reporters that there is no legal impediment in President Musharraf's way to take oath for the next term.

However, attorney general Malik Muhammad Qayyum said Mr Musharraf has to go three more steps before taking the oath.

"First of all, the court will issue a short order followed by formal notifications by the Election Commission and Central government," he said after the court was adjourned for tomorrow.

UNI

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