8 Apr 2013

Musharraf nomination allowed

5:00 am on 8 April 2013

Pakistan is allowing former military leader Pervez Musharraf to run in general elections next month.

General Musharraf will be a candidate in the remote northern district of Chitral, after being rejected in two other parts of the country.

The former general, who led Pakistan for nine years after seizing power in a military coup, returned to the country from self-imposed exile last month.

The BBC reports he is facing a number of charges relating to his time in office. He has described the cases as "baseless" and politically motivated.

Last week, officials rejected General Musharraf's nomination papers in Kasur after objections were filed.

But officials in Chitral, close to the Afghan border, said his papers there were in order.