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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Sharif's Party Challenges Deportation

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Lawyers for former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif filed a petition in the Supreme Court on Tuesday challenging his deportation to Saudi Arabia, setting up another confrontation between the judiciary and the country's military ruler.

President Pervez Musharraf sent Sharif, whom he ousted in a 1999 coup, back into exile Monday after the opposition leader landed on a flight from London. Sharif, who had vowed to return home to campaign against Musharraf, was also charged with corruption during his four-hour stay in the country.

Sharif's lawyers Monday petitioned the Supreme Court to start proceedings against the government for contempt in relation to the deportation. Last month, the court ruled that Sharif had an "inalienable right" to return home.

The Supreme Court has emerged as a check on Musharraf's dominance since his failed attempt to fire the country's top judge earlier this year that sparked a nationwide protest movement.