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World IN BRIEF / PAKISTAN

Ex-Premiers Seem to Be Barred From Office

August 10, 2000|From Times Wire Reports

Pakistani military ruler Gen. Pervez Musharraf issued a decree that seemed to bar ex-Prime Ministers Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif from holding party offices because of court convictions. Proclaimed in the name of figurehead President Mohammed Rafiq Tarar, it said any person disqualified from being a parliament member or convicted of a criminal offense involving moral turpitude or under the Anti-Terrorism Act could not be an officeholder. Sharif was convicted by an anti-terrorism court in April. Bhutto was convicted of graft in April 1998.

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