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SC wants questions of law in ZAB reference

SC wants questions of law in ZAB reference

ISLAMABAD – The Supreme Court (SC) pointed out on Monday that the presidential reference to reopen the case of former prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto lacked questions of law upon which the court’s opinion could be sought under Article 186 of the constitution, and told government’s counsel Dr Babar Awan to frame a question of law in the reference. A three-member bench comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Muhammad Sair Ali and Justice Ghulam Rabbani was

SC to resume hearing of ZAB reference today

ISLAMABAD – The Supreme Court (SC) will resume the hearing today (Monday) of a presidential reference to reopen the case of former premier Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. A three-member bench comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Muhammad Sair Ali and Justice Ghulam Rabbani will resume the hearing at 11.30am today.
At the last hearing, the court had pointed out flaws in the reference and asked the government to frame specific questions of law about the controversial

ZAB case can’t be revisited: experts

ISLAMABAD – Prominent lawyers on Friday said the presidential reference filed in the Supreme Court seeking revisit of history was a vague assertion, which did not constitute a question of law.
SM Zafar said the president would have to file a new reference if he wanted to get an opinion on the already decided case of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto by the Supreme Court. While talking to Pakistan Today, he said the presidential reference involved advisory jurisdiction of the SC and was a very

PML-N hostile to resolution on Bhutto

LAHORE – The Punjab Assembly swiftly dissolved into chaos on Thursday after the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) attempted to present a resolution on the Zulfikar Ali Bhutto (ZAB) case.
Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said that the PPP should not raise such issues as the people that believed the late Bhutto’s sentence was “judicial murder” also believed that the PPP always came to power in the name of ZAB and former premier Benazir Bhutto, and was now trying to secure another term the

ZAB reference – Lawyers, stalwarts wary of predicting verdict

ISLAMABAD – As the courtroom was packed to capacity on Thursday during the hearing of the ZA Bhutto case, lawyers and PPP leaders outside the court made careful statements, understandably not to annoy the court. All those who talked to reporters praised the goodwill gesture shown by the court vis-a-vis the presidential reference despite the recent bitterness between the executive and the judiciary on non-implementation of court verdicts. Soon after the hearing of the case, former law

Presidential reference on ZAB case – Supreme Court and PPP on the same side … for once

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) lawyers and ministers were pleasantly surprised on Wednesday when the Supreme Court (SC) admitted a presidential reference to reopen the Zulfikar Ali Bhutto case, a petition most legal experts had said would be dismissed as “not maintainable”. The level of respect that Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry’s showed for Bhutto came as a complete surprise. “I am getting emotional today,” said the chief justice, referring to the reopening of

‘Why re-open ZAB case only?’

LAHORE – Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid Punjab Additional General Secretary Mian Tahir Siddique said that apart from re-opening the Zulfikar Ali Bhutto case, the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) should also move the Supreme Court to investigate the fall of Dhaka. Addressing a delegation of the party workers at the Muslim League House on Wednesday, Tahir said that if the PPP wanted to correct the history, the conspiracy and actions that resulted into of the fall of Dhaka should be probed

Awan resigns as law minister to plead ZAB case

ISLAMABAD – Federal Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Babar Awan presented his resignation in the Supreme Court on Wednesday to appear as a lawyer in Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s reference case.
“I prefer this case to my portfolio as the minister,” Babar replied to Pakistan’s Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry when asked he (Awan) couldn’t pursue the case as a minister.
“My arguments are based on facts, not sentiments,” said Awan.
“We all are serious

Reopening of ZAB case is patriotic people’s demand: Palijo

KARACHI – It is a “cherished urge” and a “lasting demand of millions of patriotic Pakistanis” to reopen the Zulfikar Ali Bhutto case and rectify the historic wrong that has tarnished the image of our judiciary, Sindh Culture Minister Sassui Palijo said on Tuesday. The minister was talking to the media prior to departing for Islamabad to attend the ZAB case reopening hearing in the Supreme Court. Palijo said that by sending a reference to the apex court for reopening this case, the

PPP meeting to discuss ZAB reference today

LAHORE – Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) senior party members from Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have been called in the presidency to discuss the party strategy regarding Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto (ZAB) case in the Supreme Court on Tuesday (today). The PPP sources said the meeting was called by the President Asif Ali Zardari, who is also the co-chairman of PPP, to discuss the reference about the re-opening of the ZAB case, relief for people in the upcoming budget and

Law Ministry seeks statement of key ZAB case witness

ISLAMABAD – Senior consultant to the Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Ministry, Arif Chaudhry on Friday wrote a letter to the District Magistrate Islamabad seeking certified copy of the statement of Masood Mahmood, an ‘approver’ in the case of former Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto (ZAB).
In a one-page letter to the District Magistrate Islamabad, Arif Chaudhry stated that FIR No. 402 was registered against then prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto on November 11, 1974

Shah sued for calling ZAB verdict ‘judicial murder’

ISLAMABAD – A petition, seeking initiation of contempt of court proceedings, was filed in the Supreme Court on Friday against Justice (r) Nasim Hassan Shah for calling former prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s death sentence a “judicial murder”.
Justice (r) Shah was a member of the seven-member CS bench and one of the four judges, who had convicted Bhutto. However, later talking to reporters he had said the verdict was a judicial murder. The petition was filed by Tariq Asad and

ZAB reference challenged in SHC, but will President Obama testify?

KARACHI – The reference filed by President Asif Ali Zardari in the Supreme Court for reopening the case of the “judicial murder” of former premier Zulfikar Ali Bhutto has been challenged in the Sindh High Court (SHC) on the grounds that two prior Pakistan People’s Party (PPP)-led governments did not bother to take any such initiative, and such a reference will weaken the judiciary.
President Zardari, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, Federal Law Ministry, US President Barrack

Lawyers smell a rat in reference on ZAB

ISLAMABAD – The legal fraternity on Tuesday smelt a rat in the presidential reference filed with the apex court to reopen the ZA Bhutto case, with almost all leading lawyers considering the reference “not maintainable” under the Article 186.
Supreme Court Bar Association President Asma Jahangir and Justice (r) Fakharuddin G Ebrahim avoided commenting on the presidential reference, while others questioned why the ruling party had taken 32 years to wake up and file the reference

ZAB case – Set record straight, Zardari asks superior judiciary

LARKANA – President Asif Ali Zardari has described it as an obligation of the judiciary to clear the “black stains on its face” regarding the judicial murder of former prime minister and PPP founder Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.
“We are not seeking revenge. We want the history to record that a wrong was committed and it needs to be corrected,” he said, adding that the presidential reference sent to the Supreme Court was meant to correct the record. President Zardari was addressing a large

SC to hear ZAB case reopening reference on 13th

ISLAMABAD – Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Monday fixed April 13 the date to start hearing the presidential reference seeking the reopening of the Zulfikar Ali Bhutto “judicial murder” case.
The reference was filed in the Supreme Court by President Asif Ali Zardari on Saturday under its advisory jurisdiction seeking an opinion on revisiting the death sentence awarded to the former prime minister. The Supreme Court, under its constitutional

ZAB reference 10th of its kind

ISLAMABAD – The reference, filed in the Supreme Court by President Asif Ali Zardari on revisiting the death sentence awarded to Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, is the 10th one submitted before the apex court in Pakistan’s history.
The last two references were filed by Musharraf against the Hasba Bill (2005-06).
Farooq Leghari had filed a reference in 1996 to determine whether the president could appoint judges in the superior courts without the prime minister’s advice. The apex court