Gen. Pervez Musharraf has won his case in Pakistan's Supreme Court to run for president while remaining chief of the army, the BBC reports. The verdict deals a blow to opposition parties, who had hoped the court would invalidate Musharraf's dual campaign before the parliamentary vote next week. it comes as something of a surprise, as the court has recently delivered a string of rulings against him.
By a 6-3 margin the Supreme Court threw out all legal challenges to Musharraf's dual role as president and general. Outside the courthouse, lawyers reacted with disbelief at the verdict; along with other opposition figures, they have been pushing to remove Musharraf since he tried to fire the chief justice of the Supreme Court last March. Opposition parties vowed yesterday to boycott the vote by quitting the parliament.