Pakistan minister offers to quit for Zulfiqar retrial

Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto was hanged in 1979, when Pak was ruled by Zia-ul Haq.

Updated: Apr 13, 2011, 16:17 PM IST

Islamabad: Pakistan`s Law Minister Babar Awan offered to resign in the Supreme Court on Wednesday, a media report said.

Federal Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Babar Awan made the resignation offer before the Supreme Court during the hearing of reopening of former prime minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto`s trial, the Geo News reported.

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