Lahore: A Pakistani court has said that
it has "no audio record" in its archives of the trial of
former premier Zulfikar Ali Bhutto that resulted in his
conviction and hanging in 1979.
Following the PPP-led government`s decision to ask the
Supreme Court to review the conviction of Bhutto, the Law
Ministry filed an application in the Lahore High Court that
asked the registrar to provide a copy of the audio records
related to the trial conducted during 1977-78.
Arif Chaudhry, a consultant for the Law Ministry, also
sought a copy of the original FIR registered in the case.
The Lahore High Court`s registrar, in a statement,
said that according to the index sheet of the case, attested
copies of all records pertaining to FIR No 402 of 1974 had
already been provided to the Law Ministry.
It said that there was no mention of any audio record
in the index sheet and no such record was available in the
The registrar further said that the original copy of
the FIR was not legible though a copy may be provided.
President Asif Ali Zardari, who heads the PPP, has
filed a reference in the Supreme Court for reopening of
Bhutto`s case that has been described by the ruling party as a
Law Minister Babar Awan said the purpose of reopening
the case is not to take revenge but to rectify judicial