Plea to nullify FIR against Mumtaz Bhutto put off indefinitely -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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Plea to nullify FIR against Mumtaz Bhutto put off indefinitely

KARACHI: The hearing of a petition seeking the annulment of an FIR that was filed against Sindh National Front (SNF) Chief Mumtaz Ali Bhutto was adjourned indefinitely after the prosecution and the petitioner failed to reach a consensus regarding the next date for the hearing.

The petition was heard on Thursday by a division bench of the Sindh High Court (SHC) comprising Justice Khilji Arif Hussain and Justice Arshad Noor Khan.

Bhutto’s son Ali Haider filed the petition alleging that a false and fabricated case had been filed against his father. He said that his father had annoyed the rulers by making bold statements in the press and that was the reason behind the case.

The case pertains to the alleged attack and holding workers of a Sindhi language newspaper hostage on December 28, 2008 by around 50 SNF activists.

Both the lawyers representing the State pleaded the court to dispose of the petition as according to them, the nature of the case had changed altogether after Bhutto was admitted to bail in the case.

The counsel for the petitioner opposed the plea and said that issue of nullifying the FIR had to be argued upon and decided. The State counsel sought adjournment at which the bench asked for a date suitable to both the parties.

Source: Daily Times

Date:1/23/2009