Pakistan's deposed Premier, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, addressed the Supreme Court in Rawalpindi for almost three hours last week in an appeal against his arrest by the Military Government.
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Background: Pakistan's deposed Premier, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, addressed the Supreme Court in Rawalpindi for almost three hours last week in an appeal against his arrest by the Military Government. He had no personal stake, he told the Court, no ambition, no anger. The fundamental point was the unity and solidarity of the nation.
SYNOPSIS: The Rawalpindi Supreme Court has been hearing the petition challenging the army's authority to arrest Mr. Bhutto under Martial Law.
The one-time Prime Minister was arrested last month. He is charged with the murder of the father of a former political rival. Mr. Bhutto is currently in judicial custody in Lahore, and was flown to Rawalpindi for the Supreme Court hearing.
In his three-hour address, Mr. Bhutto told the Court the country was facing a constitutional crisis bigger than during the turn of the decade, and the war with India and the secession of Bangladesh. The deeper issue, he said, was whether Pakistan could now survive without a constitution. Intense security was in force for the hearing, and everyone, including the ex-Premier's wife and daughter, who had attended the court, were issued with special passes. And the entire area had been sealed off.