Hundreds of women members of the Pakistan People's Party on Sunday (25 September) demonstrated noisily outside the Supreme Court building in Rawalpindi.
SV PAN Policewomen in Rawalpindi restraining the chanting demonstrators. (2 shots)
GV Supreme Court EXTERIOR
GV Line of policemen hold back demonstrators.
SV Women chanting and waving arms. (4 shots)
General Zia, who is called the chief martial law administrator, last week removed the former Chief Justice, Mr. Justice Yakub Ali Khan, who had agreed to hear Mr. Bhutto's petition. His replacement was the senior judge of the Supreme Court, Mr. Justice, S. Anwar al Haq. This move, and ordering the new oath of officer, were reported to have tarnished the Army's image as Pakistan's supreme arbiter. But they did effectively block Mr. Bhutto's efforts to obtain his release from Karachi jail so he can take part in the general election campaign.
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Background: 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.