*LAHORE: The Supreme Court on Thursday withdrew its directive allowing former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf to file nomination papers for the upcoming elections after he failed to appear for a court hearing.*
Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar had directed the former military ruler to return to Pakistan and appear before the court by afternoon today but he failed to turn up.
Musharraf’s counsel informed the court that his client will be unable to appear in court and requested more time. He pleaded that the former president plans on returning but needs more time to appear due to the current situation in the country and Eid-ul-Fitr holidays.
The court adjourned the case for an unspecified period of time, and rescinded its directive allowing Musharraf to file nomination papers, and asked his lawyer to let the court know when he wants the case to be heard.
The chief justice had earlier inquired about Musharraf’s intention to appear before the court. He instructed the deputy attorney general to provide an update on Musharraf’s appearance.
“Find out if Musharraf will appear before court or not,” the chief justice ordered. The hearing was scheduled for 2:00PM today but we can wait if Musharraf will appear.” He added that the court staff had to leave for Eid holidays.