Pakistan's Supreme Court has dismissed legal challenges to President Pervez Musharraf's bid for a new term, allowing the military leader to run in next week's election while retaining his role as army chief.
In a six-to-three decision today (Friday), a judicial panel threw out several legal challenges to General Musharraf's plans to run in next week's election.
The head of the panel (Rana Bhagwandas) said the court found the petitions "not maintainable." The court said the issues raised in the petitions did not fall within its jurisdiction and should be decided by Pakistan's election commission. Lawyers for the opposition say they will appeal the ruling and plan a protest march Saturday. Anti-government lawyers and opposition supporters outside the court shouted disapproval after the decision was announced. Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz welcomed the decision.