Babar Awan quits to plead Zulfiqar Bhutto retrial

April 13, 2011 7:24 pm0 commentsViews: 20


Pakistan’s minister of law, justice and parliamentary affairs, Babar Awan, resigned from his post on Wednesday to plead the retrial case of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) founder and former Prime Minister, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, that started within the country’s apex court on Wednesday.

The PPP government has thrown its entire political weight behind the case. a minimum of fifty PPP stalwarts were gift within the court on the primary day of the hearing. Bhutto’s trial has been termed by an outsized section of politicians and jurists as "judicial murder" of 1 of the foremost in style leader of the country.

Reacting on the retrial of Bhutto’s case throughout a press conference in Ankara on Wednesday, Pakistan’s president Asif Ali Zardari said: "We don’t wish revenge in history … we have a tendency to simply wish that a historical wrong is corrected. If in future somebody commits an analogous wrong, then he would recognize that history can never forgive him."

Babar Awan, who resigned from his post to fight the case, said "I provide priority to the case than the ministry. For me, it is a nice honour to be the lawyer of ZAB in his retrial". He dubbed the case as retrial of the century.

Chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry appreciated Awan’s move and remarked the gesture as "historic."

"We are taking the problem terribly seriously and can provides it due importance," Chaudhry said before adjourning the hearing until Thursday.

President Zardari had filed a reference within the Supreme Court last week, asking it to revisit the decision that sent the previous premier to the gallows in 1979. Article 186 of Pakistan’s constitution empowers the president "to get the opinion of the Supreme Court on any question of law that he considers of public importance".

The presidential reference asked the court to offer its opinion on whether or not justice was done to Mr Bhutto or not. The judgment of hanging the country’s 1st elected prime minister was thought of thus dangerous that it had never since been said or quoted in any of Pakistan’s case law. Dr Nasim Hassan Shah, one among the members of the bench that awarded the death penalty to Mr Bhutto, admitted in his book, "Memoires and Reflections", that there was severe political pressure on the judges from General Zia ul Haq to offer Mr Bhutto capital punishment.

But filing a reference at now is believed to be a shrewd political move by president Zardari, attending to counter the pressure of the Supreme Court on the one hand and to mobilize the employees of his party on the opposite. Zardari’s tussle with the judiciary had started since he refused to revive the judges who were deposed by the previous military ruler Pervez Musharraf.

The restored Supreme Court embarrassed Zardari for the primary time when it directed the govt to raise the Swiss authorities for reopening of the money laundering and corruption cases against him. the govt, however, didn’t comply to implement the court order. Since then Zardari was besieged by the SC on many counts however the govt of his party didn’t obey to implement court orders.

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