Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Puppet judges reject challenge to Pervez Musharraf

November 20, 2007

Pakistan’s neutered Supreme Court dismissed the main challenges to the reelection of Pervez Musharraf as President yesterday, taking him a step closer to quitting as army chief and restoring civilian rule.

Stripped of hostile judges by General Musharraf under a state of emergency, because he feared that it would rule he was ineligible for another five-year term, the new-look court took just over two hours to throw out the cases.

General Musharraf has promised to hang up his uniform, one of the key demands of the opposition and the international community, as soon as his victory in last month’s presidential election is validated. The final legal challenge is expected to be considered, and dismissed, on Thursday.

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