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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Bhutto Reference: SC to form larger bench

ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court Wednesday began hearing of the historic Presidential reference pleading for re-opening of the trial against former prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.

President Asif Ali Zardari had sent reference to Supreme Court (SC) under article 186 of the constitution. The SC has been prayed in this reference to give its opinion for reopening Zulfikar Ali Bhutto case.

A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry is hearing the case. Justice Muhammad Sair Ali and Justice Ghulam Rabbani are the other members of the bench.

Federal Minister of Law and Justice Dr Babar Awan presented his resignation before the Supreme Court today during the hearing of the reference.

The minister sought the court's permission to argue in the case but the court refused by saying that being Law Minister you cannot be allowed to do so. Awan then presented his resignation.

Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry during his remarks said the court will constitute a larger bench to hear the historic case. He said if Mr. Babar Awan wants to plead before the court in the case he has to resign from the ministerial post.

The Chief Justice directed Babar Awan to tender his resignation from ministry and after approval from the Prime Minister he can appear in the case after renewal of his lawyer's licence.

The court adjourned the hearing till tomorrow (Thursday).

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