Infostani Sources- In the Zulfikar Ali Bhutto reference, the Supreme Court assigned 10 judicial assistants, while Justice Mansoor Ali Shah, challenging the reference, asserted that the decision was incorrect. The case has now concluded, and examining any court decision in the reference is possible. A 9-judge larger bench, led by the Chief Justice, deliberated on the presidential reference against Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s execution. The Supreme Court website live-streamed proceedings in which it granted Bilawal Bhutto Zardari’s request to be a party in the reference. The court declared that lawyers could represent any of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s seven grandchildren, great-grandsons, granddaughters, and grandsons as parties.
The Attorney General clarified that the government did not instruct opposition to the presidential reference initiated by President Asif Zardari. Expressing regret, the Chief Justice remarked that the Supreme Court should have appointed a reference earlier. Justice Mansoor Ali Shah, dissenting, raised questions on the reference, emphasizing that the accepted decision was erroneous. Despite the finalization of the case, there remains a question about the admissibility of the reference. The Chief Justice questioned whether the President could send references to reconsider old decisions in the future.
The court appointed Justice retired Manzoor Malik, Khawaja Haris, Khalid Javed Khan, and Salman Safdar as judicial assistants. Judicial assistants Salahuddin, Zahid Ibrahim, Faisal Siddiqui, Raza Rabbani, Yasir Qureshi, and Ali Ahmad Kurd took on appointments. Farooq H. Naik, PPP’s lawyer, objected to the appointments of Salman Safdar and Faisal Siddiqui as judicial assistants. Ahmed Raza Kasuri’s lawyer proposed postponing the hearing on Kahar Yafar Nas until after the general elections.
Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Case: Judicial Statements, Bench Formation, and Courtroom Dynamics
Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah asserted that the Supreme Court had delivered its final verdict in the Bhutto case, ruling out any revision. He questioned the possibility of reopening a closed case under existing law, emphasizing that there is no provision for a second revision in the constitution. The Chief Justice affirmed that the court would listen to relevant persons but discouraged political speeches. Two judges excused themselves from the hearing on personal grounds, leading to the formation of a 9-member bench.
Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar noted that the Sarar reference was based on former Chief Justice Naseem Hasan Shah’s interview. Revealing dissent among three judges. The Chief Justice halted lawyer leader Ali Ahmad Kurd from discussing politics in the court. Advising him to engage in legal matters outside the courtroom. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Asif Ali Zardari, and Raja Pervaiz Ashraf were present in the courtroom to observe the proceedings. The court, after adjourning until the second week of January, will hear the next case daily.