6 Apr 2013

Musharraf nomination papers rejected

7:00 am on 6 April 2013

Officials in Pakistan have rejected nomination papers for former military ruler Pervez Musharraf to stand as a candidate in forthcoming polls.

An official in eastern Kasur district made the decision after objections were filed, including charges of violating the constitution and his oath as army chief.

The BBC reports Musharraf has the right to appeal. He has also filed nomination papers in three other constituencies.

Election tribunals will begin to hear appeals next week.

Six objections were brought against Musharraf by a lawyer in Kasur.

In a parallel development, the PML-N party of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif - who was ousted by Musharraf when he took power in a coup in 1999 - has challenged Musharraf's eligibility to contest elections.

Supporters of Musharraf were defeated in parliamentary elections in February 2008 and he resigned in August that year under threat of impeachment, living in London and Dubai until his return to Pakistan last month.