Hundreds of women members of the Pakistan People's Party on Sunday (25 September) demonstrated noisily outside the Supreme Court building in Rawalpindi.
Hundreds of women members of the Pakistan People's Party on Sunday (25 September) demonstrated noisily outside the Supreme Court building in Rawalpindi. They were showing their support for their former party leader and Prime Minister, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. Mr. Bhutto, who's now in jail, is challenging the legal right of the military government, which had removed him from office, to put him behind bars.
SYNOPSIS: The women had gathered on the first day of the hearing. The ex-premier's wife, Begum Nusrat Bhutto, had filed a habeas corpus petition in connection with her husband and ten of this political allies, jailed under a martial law order.
The military regime of General Mohammed Zia-ul-Haq submitted last week that martial law had usurped the jurisdiction of superior courts. The Supreme Court had said it would give a verdict about its jurisdiction after it had heard evidence from both sides. General Zia made the new Chief Justice and all Supreme Court judges take an oath of office that did not mention the country's constitution.