Musharraf to remain president till Nov. 15

The Supreme Court of Pakistan was told on Thursday that General Pervez Musharraf's term as president will expire on Nov. 15.

Musharraf to remain president till Nov. 15
The Supreme Court of Pakistan was told on Thursday that General Pervez Musharraf's term as president will expire on Nov. 15.

Syed Sharifuddin Pirzada, Counsel for President Musharraf, provided information to the apex court a day after he was asked as to when General Musharraf's term as president expires.

Pirzada, in a written statement, told the court that General Musharraf will remain president till Nov. 15.

He also informed the apex court that General Musharraf will also remain in uniform after Nov. 15 till a new army chief is appointed to replace him.

A seven-member bench of the Supreme Court, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, is hearing a petition from religious party Jamat-e-Islami challenging an act of parliament that allows General Musharraf to hold two offices of president and army chief.

The parliament had passed "President to hold another office Act 2004", under which President Musharraf was allowed to hold two offices.

The Chief Justice asked the government lawyers on Wednesday to tell the court about the date when General Musharraf's term as president will expire.

The lawyer for Jamat-e-Islami argued that the Act of parliament 2004 to allow General Musharraf to hold two offices be declared as mala-fide and unconstitutional.

He said the president's holding another office is even ultra vires of the Constitution

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