Lahore: Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf's dream of returning to power could further suffer a set-back with a Pakistani court accepting a petition to declare his regime as unconstitutional.

The court is also likely to remove his name from the list of the country's presidents as the petitioner is no lesser person than former President Rafique Tarar.

Tarar's petition, which was admitted by Lahore High Court Chief Justice Ijaz Ahmad Chaudhry on Monday, said that he (Tarar) should be considered the constitutional President for the period that Musharraf's regime was in power.

Musharraf, who came to power in 1999, overthrew the PML-N government led by former premier Nawaz Sharif. Tarar was the President at that time and continued till Musharraf took over in 2001.

The Chief Justice overruled an objection raised by the court's registrar to admit Tarar's petition, which said directions should be issued to authorities to remove all references to Musharraf in public and official records that described him as the President.
   
A date for the hearing of the petition is yet to be fixed by the court.

Tarar has asked the court to declare that he had never resigned from the office of President and continued in the position till Asif Ali Zardari took oath as President in 2008.

He further asked the court to declare that Musharraf was not entitled to any privileges as he was not an elected President.

Agencies