Pakistan government says it won't charge Musharraf

By the Associated Press | April 22, 2013 | 6:30 AM EDT

Pakistan's former President and military ruler Pervez Musharraf arrives at an anti-terrorism court in Islamabad, Pakistan on Saturday, April 20, 2013. The general who ruled Pakistan for nearly a decade before being forced to step down appeared on Saturday in front of the court in connection with charges linked to his 2007 sacking and detention of a number of judges. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's caretaker government has told the Supreme Court it will not file treason charges against former military ruler Pervez Musharraf.

Attorney General Irfan Qadir said in a statement submitted to the court Monday that caretaker officials have decided to leave the decision on treason charges to the government that will come to power after the May 11 parliamentary election.

Musharraf returned to Pakistan last month after four years in self-imposed exile.

Lawyers have filed petitions before the Supreme Court accusing him of committing treason while in power. But according to the constitution, the government is the only one with authority to file treason charges against Musharraf.

The former military ruler also faces a host of other legal challenges, and is currently under house rest in connection with a separate case.