Islamabad: Pakistan's Army Chief has suggested the military is unhappy with how authorities have treated former army chief and president Pervez Musharraf since his return from exile.
Earlier on Tuesday, a Pakistani court imposed a lifetime ban on Musharraf from contesting elections, undermining his efforts to regain influence by winning a seat in parliament, reports the Daily Times.
Musharraf returned to Pakistan in March after nearly four years of self-imposed exile to contest the May 11 general election, but election officers disqualified him because of court cases pending against him.
In a veiled reference to Musharraf's legal troubles, Army Chief General Ashfaq Kayani said that in his opinion, it is not merely retribution, but awareness and participation of the masses that can truly end the game of hide and seek between democracy and dictatorship.
Musharraf's has been embroiled in legal issues since his return.
He is facing other legal cases, including treason charges for imposing emergency rule, the 2007 assassination of former premier Benazir Bhutto and the killing of Baloch leader Nawab Akbar Bugti in 2006.
On Tuesday, an anti-terrorism court in Rawalpindi put Musharraf on a 14-day judicial remand for charges of failing to provide adequate security for Bhutto before her assassination. (ANI)