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Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was not given a fair trial, observes SC

Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was not given a fair trial, observes SC

Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was not given a fair trial, observes SC

Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was not given a fair trial, observes SC

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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court(SC)  issued its brief opinion on the presidential reference regarding the judicial murder of former Prime Minister of Pakistan Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, saying that he did not get a chance for a fair trial.

A 9-member larger bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Qazi Faez Isa reserved its opinion yesterday after hearing the lawyers of the Pakistan People’s Party, Ahmad Raza Kasuri, and the judicial assistants during the hearing of the petition filed regarding the Bhutto presidential reference.

The Chief Justice of Pakistan while expressing his opinion on the Bhutto presidential reference said that the opinion of the Supreme Court is unanimous on this matter and judges are bound to decide according to the law.

The CJP said that they cannot correct themselves unless they admit their mistakes, 5 questions have been raised in the reference, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto did not get a fair trial while the opinion of the SC will be unanimous and added that on the fundamental right was not implemented in Bhutto’s trial.

Justice Isa said that the work of the judiciary is to deliver justice, there are many cases in history in which correct decisions were not made, they cannot go in the right direction without correcting the mistakes of the past.

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Chairman People’s Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari was also present in the court when the Supreme Court gave its opinion on the presidential reference.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari later speaking to the media outside the Supreme Court said that today the apex court has given a historic verdict by admitting that Zulfiqar Bhutto did not get a fair trial. He said the court remarked that the verdict was delivered to correct past mistakes.

Bilawal said that he is waiting for the detailed decision of the Supreme Court and he will talk to the media after the detailed decision of the court.

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It should be remembered that in 2011, the then President Asif Ali Zardari filed a reference related to the judicial killing of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and the then Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry also conducted 6 hearings on the case till December 2012, but no decision related to the reference made.

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