Islamabad: Virtually sealing the political ambitions of former Pakistani military ruler, a provincial High Court on Tuesday banned Pervez Musharraf from contesting elections for the rest of his life. JPN/Agencies
A four-judge bench of the Peshawar High Court headed by Chief Justice Dost Muhammad Khan imposed the ban while dismissing Musharraf's appeal challenging the rejection of his nomination papers for May 11 general election.
The lifetime ban was imposed because Musharraf had abrogated the Constitution twice and detained judges during the 2007 emergency, the bench said.
Musharraf was barred from contesting polls to the national and provincial assemblies and the Senate, it said.
READ MORE: 14-day judicial custody for Musharraf
In another development, the anti-terrorism court on Tuesday sent Musharraf in 14-day judicial custody in connection with the Benazir Bhutto assassination case in 2007.
Musharraf was not presented before the judge for Tuesday's hearing for security reasons, said chief prosecutor Chaudhry Zulfiqar Ali of the Federal Investigation Agency.
Though Musharraf was remanded to judicial custody for 14 days, the 69-year-old former military strongman will continue to be restricted to his plush farmhouse at Chak Shahzad on the outskirts of Islamabad, which has been declared a "sub-jail" even on the Election Day which is scheduled on May 11.
The court fixed the next hearing on May 14, three days after the May 11 elections.
69-year-old Musharraf, who heads the All Pakistan Muslim League, returned to Pakistan last month after nearly four years in self-exile to make a political comeback but he has been dragged to court over several issues, including the imposition of emergency rule in 2007 and the death of Baloch leader Akbar Bugti in a 2006 military operation.
Pakistani authorities have already disqualified him from contesting the election, effectively putting an end to his ambitions for a political comeback. Lawyers have petitioned the Supreme Court to put him on trial for treason for imposing emergency rule in 2007 and he is also facing charges over the killing of Baloch leader Akbar Bugti in a 2006 military operation.
Islamabad: Virtually sealing the political ambitions of former Pakistani military ruler, a provincial High Court on Tuesday banned Pervez Musharraf from contesting elections for the rest of his life.