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In Pakistan, Musharraf Faces More Setbacks

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Pakistan's former president, Pervez Musharraf, March 24, 2013.

Pakistan's former president, Pervez Musharraf, March 24, 2013.

Former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf"s bid to run for parliament in the country's upcoming elections is running into trouble.

Elections officials Friday rejected Musharraf's nomination papers for the constituency in Kasur, in Punjab province. They said he was ineligible to run for office due to several pending court cases.

Musharraf can appeal the ruling and still plans to stand for election in three other constituencies.

In the meantime, Pakistan's Supreme Court has agreed to hear a petition Monday asking for Musharraf to stand trial for treason. The petition argues the former leader committed treason when he fired senior judges and declared emergency rule in 2007.

Musharraf returned home from four years of self-imposed exile last month. He seized power in a 1999 coup and briefly imposed a state of emergency in Pakistan before resigning in 2008. He has since lived in London and Dubai.