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Former judge to challenge Musharraf in presidential elections

Posted: 2007-09-24
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Lawyers in Pakistan on Monday nominated a prominent retired judge to stand against General Pervez Musharraf in the presidential elections due October 6.

Justice retired Wajeehuddin Ahmed was among those few judges who had refused to show allegiance to General Musharraf when he dismissed the government of exiled former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in 1999.

Wajeehuddin had refused to take oath under a Provincial Constitutional Order, issued by General Musharraf after he suspended the constitution.

The lawyers community has nominated Justice retired Wajeehuddin Ahmed as their candidate to challenge General Musharraf, a representative of lawyers association Tariq Mehmood told reporters at the Supreme Court building.

"We demand of the government not to create hurdles for lawyers to submit nomination papers of Justice retired Wajeehuddin Ahmed with the Election Commission on September 27," Mehmood said.

The Election Commission has set September 27 for submission of nomination papers in the presidential elections.

Mehmood said that Wajeehuddin will also raise objections at nomination of General Musharraf when the Election Commission is to scrutinize nomination papers of presidential candidates.

Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz says that General Musharraf, also the army chief, would be a candidate of the ruling Muslim League-Q group and its allies.

The ruling Muslim League and its allied groups enjoy the required majority for election victory.

The major opposition alliance, the All Parties Democratic Alliance (APDM) says its members of national and provincial assemblies will resign against General Musharraf plan to contest presidential elections.

Police have detained several APDM leaders after the alliance announced to lay siege around the office of the Chief Election Commissioner on September 27th when General Musharraf will file nomination papers. --IRNA
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