Pakistan's Musharraf banned from running in May polls

  • Pakistan's former military leader Pervez Musharraf has been banned from standing in the general elections in May.

    An election tribunal disqualified him from running in the remote northern district of Chitral. Previously, he had failed to stand in three other seats.

    According to Musharraf's lawyer, plans are underway to file an appeal with the Supreme Court.

    The former general, who led Pakistan for nine years after seizing power in a military coup, returned home from self-imposed exile in Dubai last month. He faces a number of charges relating to his time in office. Among them is the failure to provide adequate security for opposition leader Benazir Bhutto after she returned from exile in 2007.

    He is also wanted in connection with the murder of Baloch tribal leader Nawab Akbar Bugti and for firing the entire higher judiciary in November 2007.

    In addition, Musharraf faces threats from the Pakistani Taliban, who have pledged to target him with suicide bombers.

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