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Sharif loses appeal

Islamabad, Dec. 18 (AP): Opposition leader Nawaz Sharif has been eliminated from Pakistan’s elections after his appeal against the rejection of his candidacy was rejected, an official said today.

Sharif’s party slammed the decision as evidence that the January 8 ballot will be rigged in favour of President Pervez Musharraf.

The election commission turned down Sharif’s appeal yesterday, commission spokesman Kanwar Dilshad said. It also rejected an appeal by Sharif’s politician brother, Shahbaz Sharif, against the refusal of his nomination papers. The decision leaves Sharif with no further avenue to appeal and denies him a platform in parliament.

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