World Bulletin/News Desk
A local court in Pakistan sentenced former president Pervez Musharraf with a lifelong ban from public office on Tuesday.
The Peshawar High Court ruled to ban Musharraf from public office for life as he had abrogated the Constitution twice.
Musharraf abrogated the Constitution in 1999 with a military coup and repeated it in 2007, citing the rising power of the Taliban in the north of Pakistan.
Pakistani Court on Terror decided two weeks ago to keep Musharraf under house arrest.
Musharraf returned to Pakistan last month to run in upcoming elections on May 11.
It was the first time a court in Pakistan had declared a citizen ineligible from contesting elections for life.
The High Court in the northwestern city of Peshawar rejected Musharraf's appeal against the disqualification. Court Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan imposed the lifetime ban on running for election or becoming a member of the parliament.
"The former dictator had ordered senior judges and their families be put under house arrest and twice abrogated the country's constitution," Khan said when reading out the order.
Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the man Musharraf ousted in a coup in 1999, is seen as the front runner.
Musharraf also faces accusations in connection with the death of a separatist leader in the southwestern province of Baluchistan. He denies any wrongdoing.
The current chief justice, Iftikhar Chaudhry, was embroiled in a confrontation with Musharraf, who removed him from office in 2007 after he opposed plans to extend the general's stay in power. He was later reinstated.
Last Mod: 30 Nisan 2013, 16:17