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Lahore High Court Dismisses Petitions Challenging Musharraf

Court says the Constitution was under suspension after the Supreme Court validated the October 1999 military coup and the subsequent promulgation of the Provisional Constitutional Order by the military regime

Lahore High Court Dismisses Petitions Challenging Musharraf
Lahore High Court Dismisses Petitions Challenging Musharraf
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Besides questioning the removal of Tarar as President and take over of the same office by Gen Musharraf, the petitioners were also aggrieved of the Chief Justice of Pakistan Irshad Hasan Khan, for swearing in Musharraf to the presidential office, "bypassing the traditions of the judiciary".

After hearing the arguments from the petitioners, the court has dismissed them in limine yesterday.

The court dismissed all the three petitions on the grounds that the constitution was currently under suspension after the Supreme Court validated the October 1999 military coup and the subsequent promulgation of the Provisional Constitutional Order by the military regime, the Nation< newspaper reported.

The case had taken an interesting turn after one of the petitioners objected to the hearing of the case by Justice Khalilur Rahman Ramday of the Lahore High Court.

One of the petitioners, Mian Hanif Tahir of Peoples' Lawyers Forum, told the court that the Judge had remarked in the past that the military regime should have been given six years' tenure.

Mian Tahir said since the judge was 'pro-government', therefore, he did not expect justice and pleaded the Court to ensure the judge did not hear the case.

The Court turned down the request and asked the counsel to argue the case.

The petitioner, however, declined to argue saying, he leaves the matter to the conscience of the Court.

The court then dismissed the three petitions. (PTI)

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