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LHC orders ATC to complete BB murder trial in 3 months

14 February, 2013

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RAWALPINDI: The Rawalpindi Bench of the Lahore High Court on Wednesday ordered the special court to hear Benazir Bhutto murder case on daily basis and complete the trial within three months.

The two-member bench comprising Justice Ali Baqar Najfi and Justice Mazaahir Ali Naqvi was hearing a petition filed by the Federal Investigation Agency, seeking order for the Special Anti-Terrorism Court to hear the case on daily basis.

The FIA, in its petition, had pleaded that Benazir Bhutto was assassinated on December 27, 2007 in Liaquat Bagh and it was regrettable that the trial of this high-profile case could not be completed even after lapse of five years. FIA's Senior Public Prosecutor Zulfiqar Ali contended that a trial court, under the Anti-Terrorism Act 1997, was bound to hold daily hearing of the cases for their quick disposal.

He apprised the court that counsel for all the accused were using delaying tactics to linger on the case, which was evident from the fact that not even a single case of 2007 was pending in the ATC-I except this one.

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