Islamabad: Launching a scathing attack on the Supreme Court, Pakistan's ruling PPP chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has asked it to apologise for the "role it played in the judicial murder" of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and to ensure there are no "double standards" in the contempt case against Premier Yousuf Raza Gilani.
23-year-old Bilawal, the nominal Chairman of PPP, made the remarks during a strongly-worded speech he delivered at an event at the Bhutto family's stronghold of Naudero in Sindh province late last night to mark the death anniversary of former President Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto. He said the time had come for the PPP to "finally get the justice we deserve in the eyes of history."
Referring to a case filed by the PPP seeking a review of the death sentence given to the late President, he said "I am confident the Supreme Court will not stand in the way... I expect the Supreme Court to finally provide us justice... Justice in the eyes of the people, the PPP and Shaheed Bhutto's family– we expect the Supreme Court to apologise for the role it played in the judicial murder of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto."
"Bilawal referred to the contempt case initiated by the Supreme Court against Premier Gilani for failing to act on its orders to reopen graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari, and said he hoped there would "not be double standards" in the handling of such matters by the apex court.
He backed the Premier's decision not to approach Swiss authorities to revive cases of alleged money laundering against Zardari on the grounds that it would violate the constitutional immunity enjoyed by the President.