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Bilawal Bhutto filed petition for live telecast of Zulfikar bhutto presidential Reference

11 December, 2023 18:34

Pakistan Peoples Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari on Monday approached the Supreme Court (SC) for live streaming of proceedings on a presidential reference seeking to revisiting the Zulfikar Ali Bhutto murder case.

Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari today from his counsel Farooq H Naik, filed a petition in the apex court requesting live streaming of the case proceedings, so that the entire country could hear it.

A nine-member larger bench of the Supreme Court led by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Qazi Faez Isa will include Justice Sardar Tariq Masood, Justice Mansoor Ali Shah, Justice Yahya Afridi, Justice Aminud Din Khan, Justice Jamal Khan Mandokhail, Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar, Justice Syed Hasan Azhar Rizvi and Justice Musarrat Hilali.

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A day earlier, Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari had pinned hopes on Chief Justice of Pakistan Qazi Faez Isa to right a wrong by doing justice to the much-awaited case.

An 11-judge bench headed by then chief justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry held the reference’s last hearing in Jan 2012.

In March 1978, a four-member bench of Lahore High Court had awarded the death sentence to Bhutto, which was later challenged in the Supreme Court.

In a four to three split verdict, a seven-judge SC had bench upheld the sentence during the military regime of the then-army chief Gen Ziaul Haq in March 1979. Bhutto was hanged on 4 April 1979 in Rawalpindi.




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