The Pakistan People’s Party threw the ball in Supreme Court’s court on Saturday by asking to fix an early date for hearing the reference of ‘judicial murder’ of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, the former Prime Minister of Pakistan and the founder of the PPP.
In a special letter sent to the Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry after the decision on controversial decision National Reconciliation Order, President Asif Ali Zardari not only urged to court to fix an early date for hearing the case
but also to hear it daily so as to make a decision after its quick conclusion.
This comes after the review petition, on NRO filed by the federal government, was dismissed by the Supreme Court which in effect means that the government reopen all the cases which pertain to corruption charges against the beneficiaries of NRO.
There is no doubt that the decision has put enormous pressure on the already seemingly beleaguered Pakistan People’s Party government. After the ‘memogate’ issue involving the former ambassador Hussain Haqqani, the Supreme Court decision on controversial
NRO is something that may further corner the PPP.
However, as Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz filed a petition in Supreme Court to plead it for putting Hussain Haqqani’s name on ECL and the NRO case decision announced by the court, the PPP might well have put the SC in a difficult position with the letter
which was sent to the Chief Justice.
The content of the letter which was made public by the presidency Spokesman Farhatullah Babar on Saturday read: “The history and the nation are anxiously looking forward for the correction of the record and the removal of the stigma cast on the unjust judicial
process adopted during the proceedings of the case.”
It continued and said: “Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was one of the most outstanding leaders of our history. His services to the Muslim Ummah, the third world and humanity at large were tremendous and outstanding. He successfully convened the Islamic Conference at
Lahore, pioneered the nuclear programme in Pakistan, gracefully brought back our 90,000 POWs (prisoners of war) and gave dignity and empowerment to millions of this country.”
“Tragically, because of a conspiracy and under the dictates of a notorious and cruel dictator who had usurped power after destroying the Constitution, Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was eliminated through what is universally termed as a judicial murder,” said
The latter made special reference to the last hearing; which was in June’s last week. Since then, there has been no hearing on the case.
“My counsel concluded his arguments in the last week of June 2011 and soon thereafter the case was adjourned. I understand that the only arguments which are outstanding are those of the amicus curiae. The said case is awaiting fixation at the earliest now
after the Supreme Court has achieved its full numerical strength of judges.”