No audio record of Zulfikar's trial: Pak court
A Pakistani court has said that it has "no audio record" in its archives of the trial of former premier Zulfikar Ali Bhutto that resulted in his conviction and hanging in 1979.world Updated: Apr 12, 2011 15:24 IST
A Pakistani court has said that it has "no audio record" in its archives of the trial of former premier Zulfikar Ali Bhutto that resulted in his conviction and hanging in 1979.
Following the PPP-led government's decision to ask the Supreme Court to review the conviction of Bhutto, the Law Ministry filed an application in the Lahore High Court that asked the registrar to provide a copy of the audio records related to the trial conducted during 1977-78.
Arif Chaudhry, a consultant for the Law Ministry, also sought a copy of the original FIR registered in the case.
The Lahore High Court's registrar, in a statement, said that according to the index sheet of the case, attested copies of all records pertaining to FIR No 402 of 1974 had already been provided to the Law Ministry.
It said that there was no mention of any audio record in the index sheet and no such record was available in the archives.
The registrar further said that the original copy of the FIR was not legible though a copy may be provided.
President Asif Ali Zardari, who heads the PPP, has filed a reference in the Supreme Court for reopening of Bhutto's case that has been described by the ruling party as a "judicial murder".
Law Minister Babar Awan said the purpose of reopening the case is not to take revenge but to rectify judicial history.