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Monday, April 4, 2011

SC to revisit ZAB hanging case on April 13

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) will hear a presidential reference regarding the 1979 hanging of former Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto on April 13.

Federal Secretary of Law Masood Chishty filed the reference in the apex court on April 2, after President Asif Ali Zardari signed it seeking reopening the case of former prime minister and PPP founder who was hanged on April 4, 1979, in Rawalpindi, under article 186 of the constitution.

Addressing a gathering at Garhi Khuda Buksh late Sunday night, at the mausoleum of the Shaheeds of Bhutto family on the 32nd death anniversary of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, President Zardari vowed to rectify the historic wrong of the "judicial murder" of Bhutto and said now it was the obligation of the judiciary to clear its record.

The PPP never accepted the impartiality of the 1979 death-by-hanging verdict handed down to its founding leader by the Lahore High Court during the dictatorial regime of Chief Martial Law Administrator Gen Ziaul Haq. Benazir Bhutto had vowed to reopen the case but could not do so during her two stints as prime minister.

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