Musharraf's candidature rejected in all four constituencies

Quashing his political ambitions, a Pakistani election tribunal today barred former military dictator Pervez Musharraf from running for parliament in the only constituency where his nomination papers for the May 11 general elections had been accepted.

Musharraf, 69, had plans to contest polls in four parliamentary seats in Chitral, Karachi, Kasur and Islamabad. Earlier in the day, two other election tribunals barred Musharraf from contesting polls from constituencies in Islamabad and Kasur in Punjab province. The tribunals comprising High Court judges upheld decisions by Returning Officers to reject Musharraf's nomination papers for the National Assembly constituencies.

The new developments came a day after another election tribunal dismissed Musharraf's appeal against the rejection of his nomination papers for a parliamentary constituency in the southern port city of Karachi.

The tribunal, comprising of judges of the Peshawar High Court, accepted appeals from five of Musharraf's rivals against the acceptance of his nominations by the Returning Officer in Chitral district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

The former dictator has been facing numerous political and legal challenges since he returned to Pakistan last month after nearly four years in self-exile.
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