The party of Pakistan’s former military dictator Pervez Musharraf announced Saturday that he will run for a seat in parliament on July 25 national elections.
The move comes after the country’s Supreme Court conditionally allowed Musharraf to return from Dubai, where he has been living in self-exile to avoid arrest on criminal charges. Musharraf’s party said he will campaign for a seat representing the northern town of Chitral.
Also on Saturday, the party of popular longtime opposition politician Imran Khan said he will run for a seat in the National Assembly, which was dissolved May 31 upon completing its five-year term. Khan is seeking to become the next prime minister.
Khan’s party is expected to face a tough challenge from candidates backed by former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who was disqualified from holding office in July by the Supreme Court on corruption charges.
The party of former President Asif Ali Zardari is also fielding candidates across the country in hopes of getting a majority in parliament. Zardari has said he will run for a seat representing southern Sindh province.
Musharraf seized power in 1999 by ousting the government of former Prime Minister Sharif. In 2008, he was forced to resign after the party of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto came into power.