A Pakistani court has banned former military ruler Pervez Musharraf from running for public office for the rest of his life.

Musharraf on Tuesday received the decree, in which he was declared a Pakistani citizen ineligible for contesting elections.

" The former dictator had ordered senior judges and their families be put under house arrest and twice abrogated the country ' s constitution, " said court Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan while reading out the ruling.

After four years of self - imposed exile, Musharraf came back to run for the upcoming general elections. Since his return, however, he has faced several legal issues. On Wednesday, Pakistan ' s Army Chief General Ashfaq Kayani, said the country’s military was unhappy with the way authorities have treated Musharraf since his return from exile. " In my opinion, it is not merely retribution, but awareness and participation of the masses that can truly end this game of hide and seek between democracy and dictatorship, " he said. On Tuesday, an anti - terrorism court in the garrison city of Rawalpindi in Pakistan put Musharraf on 14 - day home arrest over ex - Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto murder in 2007. The Bhutto case is the second of three cases against Musharraf dating back to his rule from 1999 to 2008. He is also accused in a case related to the death of a Baluch leader during a 2006 military operation. Human Rights Watch has called on the Pakistani government to hold Musharraf accountable for widespread and serious human rights abuses committed when he was president. Pakistan will hold its National Assembly elections on May 11. The National Assembly has a total of 342 members, of which 272 are elected by popular vote. The last National Assembly election was held in February 2008.