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Petition filed in LHC to remove Musharraf as APML head

LAHORE: A petition was filed in Lahore High Court (LHC) to remove former president General (r) Pervez Musharraf as party president of his All Pakistan Muslim League (APML).

Petitioner Advocate Muhammad Afaq requested LHC to declare the ex-president ineligible to head a political party as Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) disqualified him in 2013 from contesting the general elections.

Musharraf was disqualified under Article 62 and 63 of the Constitution due to which he cannot hold a party office under the law, Afaq argued, reasoning that Supreme Court had ruled in ex-PM Nawaz Sharif’s case that a disqualified person cannot head a political party.

The petitioner asked the high court to apply same rules on Musharraf who heads a party despite being disqualified in the general elections. He asked LHC to give directives to ECP for removal of Musharraf as APML president.

In February, the apex court had disqualified Nawaz from the party leadership as it annulled the Section 203 of Elections Act 2017 that had paved way for Nawaz to become PML-N head despite being disqualified under Article 62 in the Panama Papers’ case, ruling that a disqualified person cannot serve as the head of a political party.

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