Pakistan Supreme Court hears petitions on Musharraf's re-election plans

September 17, 2007 08:01

Pakistan's Supreme Court was set to hear a slew of petitions against President Gen. Pervez Musharraf on Monday in a new challenge to the US-allied leader at a court that has already shaken his authority. A nine-member panel of judges has taken up the six petitions, including one by Jamaat-e-Islami, Pakistan's largest Islamic group, urging the court to disqualify Musharraf as a candidate in upcoming presidential elections. The presidential vote by lawmakers is likely in early October, but Musharraf has not yet indicated publicly whether he will leave his job as army chief first.

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