A Supreme Court appointed by Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf has dismissed the majority of legal challenges against his re-election victory. Attorney General Malik Qayyum told reporters today (Monday) the petitions were dropped based on a technicality.
One remaining petition is to be heard later this week. Opponents challenging General Musharraf's October re-election say they do not recognize the new court, which was reconstituted by the president after he imposed emergency rule.
General Musharraf has pledged to step down as army chief once his election victory is upheld by the court. On Sunday, the president said he would ask the electoral commission to hold parliamentary elections on January eighth but gave no date for lifting the state of emergency. Meanwhile, journalists protested in the capital, Islamabad, today (Monday) against strict media curbs imposed as part of emergency rule. And students in Lahore held a rally to protest the jailing of cricket-star-turned-opposition politician, Imran Khan. A spokesman for the sports star said he has begun a hunger strike to protest emergency rule. Khan's spokesman says he will remain on strike while in prison until Pakistan's judiciary is restored.