Pervez Musharraf’s nomination papers for the General Elections rejected for second time

image Former Pakistan President Gen. (retd) Pervez Musharraf’s nomination papers for upcoming general elections were rejected for the second time.

Pervez Musharraf had filed the nomination papers from four seats- Karachi, Islamabad, Chitral and Kasur.

Why Musharraf’s nomination papers were rejected:

Amongst several other reasons, the key reasons cited were:

  • Musharraf had twice violated and subverted the Constitution by violating Articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution of Pakistan, which specify that candidates should have a "good character" and be "sagacious, righteous and non-profligate".
  • Musharraf is also an accused in 4 cases, including the assassination of Benazir Bhutto.

What do Articles 62 and 62 of Constitution of Pakistan say?

  • As per Article 62(g) of Constitution of Pakistan:

Qualifications for membership of Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament): 62 (g): he has not, after the establishment of Pakistan, worked against the integrity of the country or opposed the ideology of Pakistan.

As per Article 63 of Constitution of Pakistan:

Disqualifications for membership of Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament):

  • (h)     he has been, on conviction for any offence involving moral turpitude, senteced to imprisonment for a term of not less than two years, unless a period of five years has elapsed since his release; or
  • (i)     he has been dismissed from the service of Pakistan or service of a corporation or office set up or, controlled, by the Federal Government, Provincial Government or a Local Government on the grounds of misconduct, unless a period of five years has elapsed since his dismissal; or
  • (j)     he has been removed or compulsorily retired from the service of Pakistan or service of a corporation or office set up or controlled by the Federal Government, Provincial Government or a Local Government on the ground of misconduct, unless a period of three years has elapsed since his removal or compulsory retirement.

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