LHC dismisses petition seeking removal of Musharraf as APML chief

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LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Friday dismissed a petition filed for the removal of former Gen (r) Pervez Musharraf as the president of All Pakistan Muslim League (APML).

According to an LHC bench, the petitioner had no locus standi to file the petition and asked him to approach an appropriate forum for the purpose instead.

The petition was filed by Advocate Muhammad Afaq, requesting the court to declare the former military ruler ineligible to head his political party.

It was mentioned in the petition that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had disqualified Musharraf to contest the general elections in 2013 under Article 62 and 63 of the Constitution, therefore, he could not hold a party office under the law, the petitioner argued.

He gave the example of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, who was recently disqualified as Pakistan Muslim League- Nawaz’s (PML-N) president by the Supreme Court (SC).

A three-member bench of the SC, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar struck down a controversial amendment to the Election Act 2017, which allowed Sharif to head his party.

The court also declared that all decisions taken by Nawaz as PML-N president since July 28 stood null and void after the judgment.