ZAB reference case: Verdict passed cannot be revised, says CJ

ZAB reference caseISLAMABAD: Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, hearing the Zulfikar Ali Bhutto (ZAB) reference case on Tuesday, remarked that any case whose verdict has been passed cannot be revised by the court, reported Express News.

Federation’s Lawyer Babar Awan said that a decision should be redressed lawfully and morally if it is prejudiced against a person. The Supreme Court replied that more than 300 people were given death sentences only in the province of Sindh and it is not possible to review every single one of them.

The chief justice said that the court’s liability is limited in the case and it can only give its opinion, adding that the court only wants to see whether a case can be reopened through a reference or not.Advocate General Punjab also remarked that a case can neither be reopened nor reviewed through references.The case has been adjourned till tomorrow.

Last year in November, President Asif Ali Zardari revived the presidential reference to reopen the case relating to Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s death. The government had asked the Supreme Court to take up the case at the earliest opportunity. – Thetribune