Pak Affairs

SC approves Qazi’s petition against president’s military office for hearing

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Wednesday decided to hear Qazi Hussain Ahmad’s constitutional petition against extension in military office tenure of President Pervez Musharraf as army chief. A three-member bench of the Supreme Court, comprising Justice Javed Iqbal, Justice Faqir Muhammad Khokhar and Justice M Javed Buttar heard plea against the Registrar office objections over the petition of MMA President Qazi Hussain Ahmed.

The petitioner pleads that under Military Regulation Act, Musharraf’s term as chief of army staff expired on August 10, 2003. He could not himself extend his tenure of the service, the petitioner said. The court set aside objections of the Registrar office over the petition after hearing the arguments of the counsel and issued orders for regular hearing of the petition. The court adjourned the hearing for unspecified period. Meanwhile, Jamaat-i-Islami has also filed another constitutional petition before the Supreme Court challenging two offices of the President. It has been submitted that no person under the constitution can hold two public offices simultaneously and prayed to bar President Musharraf for taking part in the forthcoming Presidential election.-SANA

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