Name new law minister: Pak court to government

Babar Awan quit to argue in retrial of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto`s death sentence.

Updated: Apr 15, 2011, 14:06 PM IST

Islamabad: The Supreme Court has told the Pakistan government to name a new law minister to attend a judicial panel meeting after Babar Awan quit to argue in the retrial of former prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto`s death sentence.

The court on Thursday wanted the new law minister to be named so as to attend the scheduled meeting of the Judicial Commission of Pakistan on Saturday, Dawn reported on Friday.

Federal Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Babar Awan on Wednesday made his offer to resign in the Supreme Court during the hearing of reopening of former prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto`s trial.

The minister had sought permission to argue the case. However, the court didn`t allow it, saying as he was law minister he couldn`t be permitted. Awan then presented his resignation.

An effort is on to re-examine the death sentence meted out to Bhutto who was ousted from power in a military putsch in 1977.

He was hanged two years later April 04, 1979, when the country was ruled by General Zia-ul Haq.

IANS