Pakistan’s Supreme Court Rules Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Was Denied Fair Trial in Murder Case

Pakistan’s Supreme Court has delivered a landmark ruling, stating that former Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was not afforded a fair trial in a murder case that led to his execution 44 years ago. The court’s decision comes in response to a presidential reference filed by Bhutto’s son-in-law and former President Asif Ali Zardari in 2011.

Chief Justice Qazi Faez Isa, in a unanimous ruling, declared that the fair trial and due process requirements were not met in Bhutto’s murder trial. Bhutto, the founder of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), was hanged in 1979 after being found guilty of orchestrating the killing of a political rival. His execution occurred two years after he was ousted from power by military dictator General Muhammad Zia-ul Haq.

The Supreme Court’s ruling concludes a lengthy hearing on the reference filed by Zardari, who sought the court’s opinion on whether due process and fair trial were adhered to in Bhutto’s murder trial. Zardari, the husband of Bhutto’s daughter and former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, expressed his satisfaction with the court’s decision and stated that a formal statement would be issued once the detailed court judgment is received.

Bhutto’s grandson, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, who was present in court during the ruling, expressed his family’s relief, stating that they had waited three generations to hear these words. He also emphasized the significance of the decision, highlighting the impact it would have on the public’s faith in the court and their ability to seek justice.

The ruling has been widely hailed as a step towards rectifying past judicial mistakes and restoring public trust in the justice system. Taj Haider, a PPP leader and member of the Senate, expressed hope that the decision would influence lower courts to prioritize justice for the common public.

Saroop Ijaz, a senior counsel for Human Rights Watch, described the Supreme Court’s verdict as critically important, as it sheds light on the miscarriage of justice and denial of fair trial in Pakistan’s history. He emphasized the need for meaningful reform and rebuilding trust, while also highlighting the opportunity to expose the crimes committed during General Zia-ul Haq’s regime.

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  1. 1. Understand the importance of fair trials: The ruling in this case highlights the significance of fair trials in ensuring justice is served. It is crucial to recognize that everyone, regardless of their position or past actions, deserves a fair and impartial trial.

    2. Advocate for judicial reform: This ruling should serve as a reminder to push for judicial reform in countries where fair trials are not guaranteed. Encourage the implementation of transparent and independent judicial systems that uphold the principles of justice and fairness.

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