LHC allows law ministry to inspect ZAB case record
LAHORE: The chief justice of the Lahore High Court on Monday allowed the law ministry to inspect the record of the murder case against former prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.
An application was submitted to the LHC Registrar Abdus Sattar Asghar, stating that a presidential reference had been filed in the Supreme Court to revisit the decades old verdict which, according to the PPP, was a judicial murder. It was further stated in the application that the government needed to inspect the record, so that it could better assist the apex court.
The registrar sought approval from the LHC CJ Justice Ijaz Ahmad Chaudhry and allowed the application. Senior consultant of law minister Arif Chaudhry, advocate, will inspect the record today (Tuesday).
A five-member bench of the LHC, headed by Maulvi Mushtaq Ahmad, had held the Bhutto trial for five months and awarded death sentence to him on March 18, 1978. The Bhutto family had filed an appeal in the Supreme Court. A seven-member bench upheld his death sentence in its February 6, 1979, verdict with a bare 4-to-3 majority. His review petition was also dismissed on March 24, 1979. Bhutto was hanged at the Central Jail, Rawalpindi, on April 4, 1979.
Source: The News