Bhutto hanging reference: The hearing will be held in the Supreme Court today

The hearing of the presidential reference against the execution of former Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto will be held again in the Supreme Court today.

Bhutto Hanging Reference: The Hearing will be held in the Supreme Court today

Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Qazi Faiz Isa is in charge of the following justices: Justice Sardar Tariq Masood, Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah, Justice Yahya Afridi, Justice Aminuddin Khan, Justice Jamal Khan Mandukhel, Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar, Justice Syed Hasan Azhar Rizvi, and Justice Musrat Hilali. The referral will be heard by the Supreme Court’s nine-member bigger bench.

The Supreme Court requested clarification on the application of Article 186 during the most recent hearing. In addition, the Supreme Court designated judicial assistants to support the case.

Background

Recall that in April 2011, former President Asif Ali Zardari submitted a reference contesting Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s execution sentence. The Supreme Court, presided over by Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry at the time, began its initial hearing on the presidential reference on January 2, 2012. The 11-member bigger bench completed it.

Bhutto hanging reference: The hearing will be held in the Supreme Court today

On December 12, a nine-member bench led by Chief Justice Qazi Faiz Isa began rehearing the case, which had been scheduled for a while.

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There are five questions in the presidential reference on former prime minister Zulfiqar Bhutto. The first question asks if the murder trial of Bhutto was conducted in a way that upheld the fundamental rights guaranteed by the constitution.

The second query concerns whether, as a matter of legal precedent, the Supreme Court’s decision to execute Zulfikar Bhutto will be enforceable by the Supreme Court and every High Court under Article 189. If not, what are the ramifications of this choice?

Whether Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s death sentence was a just one is the subject of the third question. Was Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto’s execution sentenced without bias? The fourth question asks if Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s death sentence is appropriate in light of Quranic commands. The sixth query, however, concerns whether Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto was sufficiently found guilty based on the facts presented against him and the testimony of the witnesses.

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