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Hearing on Musharraf's eligibility case adjourned
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10:54, November 03, 2007

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The 11-member bench of the Supreme Court of Pakistan Friday adjourned the hearing of a case regarding President General Pervez Musharraf's eligibility for seeking a second term through the presidential election of Oct. 6.

The court also decided to continue the hearing of the same case on coming Monday and Tuesday.

The said decision was taken as the court judgment was delayed beyond Friday because of the prolonged arguments of lawyers of the two sides.

Attorney General Malik Muhammad Qayyum, who is leading the government's case against the legal challenges to Musharraf's re-election, told the court that there was no plan of martial law.

"Who is saying that martial law is going to be imposed? Martiallaw will not be imposed, not be imposed, not be imposed," he told the court.

Asked by an anti-government lawyer about a state of emergency, he replied: "I have been meeting with the president but I have not found any such intention."

Head of the bench Justice Javed Iqbal reiterated that the court would not be swayed by threats.

"We will decide this case in accordance with law and constitution ... the court cannot be influenced by the threat of martial law or extra constitutional measures," he said.

On the eve of the presidential election, the supreme court allowed the holding of the presidential election as scheduled but barred the Election Commission from announcing official notification of the results till a final disposal of the petitions.

According to the official APP news agency, the Pakistani parliament gave Musharraf another term as president by a clear majority on Oct. 6.


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