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Supreme Court dismissed petition of 2002 presidential candidate

Chief Justice of Pakistan Asif Saeed Khosa dismissed the petition filed by Major (R) Faisal Naseer, a candidate of the Presidential election 2002. CJP Khosa dismissed the petition on grounds that the court does not have the prerogative to instate the President of Pakistan

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A three-member bench of the Supreme Court rejected the review petition filed by Major (R) Faisal Naseer, a candidate of the presidential election 2002, seeking relief from the court.

The case was heard on Tuesday by a three-member bench of the Supreme Court, spearheaded by Chief Justice of Pakistan Asif Saeed Khosa.

Listening to the proceedings of the case, Chief Justice of Pakistan noted, “Following the decision of the High Court, where were you for the past seven to eight years? You claimed that after assuming the presidential office, you will eliminate terrorism. We have waited for a “Messiah” like you”.

It is not a privilege of this court to instate the president of Pakistan as the law does not entitle it to provide such relief.

Justice Asif Saeed Khosa questioned, “Major Sahib, were you the elected president of Pakistan unopposed?”

In response, Major (R) Naseer agreed with the question, to which the Chief Justice of Pakistan responded that General (R) Pervez Musharraf was the President of Pakistan in 2002.

Major (R) Faisal Naseer replied, “Musharraf was not allowed to take part in politics or contest elections in his military uniform. The Election Commission of Pakistan did not forward by-reference against Musharraf. The High Court rejected my appeal filed against the Election Commission of Pakistan without even giving me a chance to explain myself.”

The Chief Justice noted that the appeal filed against the decision of the High Court emerged after 2,450 days. He said, “It is not a small relief that you seek. If the Supreme Court announces a verdict in your favor, you would have abandoned presidency in 2007 after assuming the presidential office in 2002.”

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Naseer noted that if the decision is made in your favor, it would eradicate all the actions undertaken by President Musharraf, including the National Reconciliation Ordinance.

The Chief Justice of Pakistan dismissed the petition. He remarked, “You are asking the court to appoint you as the President of Pakistan. It is not a privilege of this court to instate the president of Pakistan as the law does not entitle it to provide such relief.”

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