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Pakistan Supreme Court hears legal challange to Musharraf

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Pakistan [official website] Wednesday heard the first set of arguments in a legal challenge to the rule of Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf [BBC profile]. The lawsuit challenges the fact that Musharraf is both the country's president and army chief, and alleges that any bid for re-election by Musharraf would be unconstitutional. Reuters has more.

On Monday, the Pakistani Supreme Court Bar Association announced a campaign [JURIST report] to defeat Musharraf's expected re-election bid. Earlier this year, Pakistani lawyers led a four-month campaign to reinstate suspended Pakistani Supreme Court Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry [official website; JURIST news archive] after Musharraf suspended him in March for alleged judicial misconduct. Chaudhry was reinstated in July, with all charges of misconduct [JURIST reports] dismissed.

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