Pakistan’s Supreme Court has ruled that Saturday’s presidential election will go ahead rejecting an opposition bid to get the poll postponed. But it announced that the result would be withheld until a ruling on whether President Pervez Musharraf can stand for re-election.
Opponents of Musharraf believe it is unconstitutional for a serving army officer to be elected president. The court said it wanted more time to consider the arguments and will convene on October 17. Scores of opposition MPs have resigned from Pakistan’s parliament and provincial assemblies in protest.
Meanwhile, former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto looks set to seal a reconciliation agreement with Musharraf. The deal will wipe corruption charges against Bhutto and other civilian leaders, paving the way for her return to Pakistan after more than eight-years of self-imposed exile.