Bhutto case: SC for larger bench to hear petition

Pak`s SC ordered formation of a larger bench to hear an application seeking registration of a fresh FIR in conspiracy to kill Benazir Bhutto.

Islamabad: Pakistan`s Supreme Court on Tuesday
ordered the formation of a larger bench to hear an application
seeking the registration of a fresh FIR against 12 people,
including former President Pervez Musharraf and Interior
Minister Rehman Malik, for alleged involvement in the
conspiracy to assassinate Benazir Bhutto.

A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar
Chaudhry issued the order after hearing arguments on the
application filed by Mohammad Aslam Chaudhry, who served as
Bhutto`s protocol officer for about two decades.

The bench sought responses from the Attorney General and
the 12 respondents, including Musharraf, PML-Q leader and
former Punjab Chief Minister Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi, Interior
Minister Rehman Malik, Pakistan People`s Party leader Babar
Awan, former Intelligence Bureau chief Ejaz Shah, former
Interior Secretary Kamal Shah and former caretaker Interior
Minister Hamid Nawaz Khan.

The apex court also sought the records of the trial by an
anti-terrorism court of several suspects charged with
involvement in the December 2007 assassination of Bhutto.

The court said in its order that a larger bench would take
up the case after two weeks.

Aslam Chaudhry had approached the apex court after the
Lahore High Court turned down his petition for registering a
fresh FIR against the 12 people, whom he alleged were involved
in a conspiracy against Bhutto.

The former protocol officer was injured in the suicide
attack that killed Bhutto.

During today`s proceedings, the bench headed by the Chief
Justice observed that no legal heir of Bhutto had filed an FIR
regarding her assassination.