Tuesday, April 05, 2011
From Print Edition
The death sentence given to Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, the undisputed leader of four federating units of Pakistan, was a miscarriage of justice. However, the government’s move to send a reference to the Supreme Court to revisit this decision seems politically motivated. There is no need to invoke the Sindh card either. Unlike the present-day leadership of the PPP, Bhutto was a national leader and Bhutto’s followers in Rawalpindi, Peshawar, Multan and Lahore immolated themselves to protest against his death sentence.
The best way to acknowledge Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s sacrifices for democracy is to let the judiciary perform in an independent manner.
There is little doubt that ZAB’s execution had political rather than legal reasons and the case should have been revisited a long time ago. His untimely death was an irreparable national loss. But the president sending a reference to the Supreme Court to review the Bhutto trial instead of properly investigating Benazir Bhutto’s assassination does not seem right. Also, instead of following ZAB’s footsteps and adopting people-friendly policies, the president has distanced himself from the masses.
To make the situation worse, he is sticking to his past practice of keeping corrupt cronies around him thus separating his political path from the one followed by ZAB. So, it looks like the reasons to review the verdict are the same — political rather than legal.
Dr Ghayur Ayub
Instead of solving the Benazir Bhutto murder case the PPP-led government is bend on re-opening the Bhutto murder trial. Mr Zardari, here’s a thought: why not work to stop targeted killings and terrorism and save people who are alive, instead of trying to solve a 30-year-old murder case?
Isn’t it sad that instead of addressing burning issues like inflation, education, provision of justice to all and law and order, our rulers want to revisit the Bhutto case? What is the purpose behind this move? Is it meant to weaken the will of our judiciary in perusal of the NRO and other critical cases in which the rulers find themselves unable to defend?
This is with reference to your editorial ‘ZAB and Zardari’ (April 3). Such arm-twisting tactics on part of the PPP’s leaders prove that the party basically aims to neutralise the judiciary.
And this time, it has decided to use the Sindh card to fan the feelings of provincialism in order to intimidate and tame the superior judiciary.
Benazir Bhutto never invoked Article 186 during her two terms. So what is Zardari’s actual motive behind referring the Zulfikar Ali Bhutto murder case to SC? Do the ruling wizards wish to whip up a new controversy.
Tariq Nazir Syed
The time has come when all the worries of the poor people of Pakistan will soon vanish because the government has asked the superior judiciary to reopen the case of late Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.
Waqar Hameed Khan