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Pakistan Boots Musharraf From Election

Onetime military dictator having a rough time mounting a comeback
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 16, 2013 11:55 AM CDT

(Newser) – Pervez Musharraf has got to be feeling more than a little unloved these days: Pakistani judges today disqualified Musharraf from running in an upcoming parliamentary election, a blow to the former military ruler who recently returned from self-imposed exile to make a political comeback. Musharraf had won approval a week ago in the remote northern district of Chitral, even though he was disqualified in three other districts. He was then ordered to appear in court on treason charges.

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Lawyers challenged the Chitral decision, and today a three-member appellate tribunal disqualified Musharraf. His lawyer says he plans to appeal the ruling in the Supreme Court. Musharraf faces a variety of legal charges, including some related to the 2007 assassination of Benazir Bhutto. He has not been arrested because he arranged pre-arrest bail before he arrived, a feature of Pakistan's legal system. Just for good measure, Musharraf also faces death threats from the Pakistani Taliban, who have said they set up a special death squad to target him. And a lawyer last month chucked a shoe at him. (Read more Pakistan stories.)

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