RAWALPINDI - The Supreme Court (SC) has written a letter to Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC), Rawalpindi Number 1, and sought the attested copies of the proceeding held in former premier Benazir Bhutto (ATC) murder case to date.

For the purpose, “SCP has given two week time to the trial court to send all the attested copies of hearing of BB murder case,” quoted a defence lawyer ATC Judge Shahid Raffique as saying during the trial of BB assassination case held at Adyala Jail here on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the trial court also recorded the statements of two prosecution witnesses Chaudhry Muhammad Taufeeq, the magistrate who penned in the confessional statements of the three accused in BB murder case, and Manager of a mobile company Usman Maftoon. The defence lawyers also cross-examined the prosecution witness during the hearing of the case.  Later, ATC Judge Raffique put off the hearing till 18 February 2012 in BB assassination case.

A defence lawyer, on request of anonymity, told TheNation that the magistrate Chuadhry Muhammad Taufeeq could not identify one accused Hassnain Gul, statement of whom he (Taufeeq) recorded, and pointed his finger at Sher Zaman when he was asked to identify the accused during to cross-examine.

However, FIA Prosecutor Chaudhry Azhar, when contacted, denied the fact that the magistrate could not identify the three accused saying “Ch Tauqfeeq rightly recognised all the three accused during the cross-examination”.

He said that he presented four other witnesses of prosecution but they could not be cross-examined owing to absence of some defense lawyers. He alleged that the defense counsels intentionally were not appearing before the court to delay the case. Earlier, ATC No 1 Judge Shahid Raffique adjourned the hearing in the plea of Begum Sehba Musharraf of releasing the property of her spouse former president General (Retd) Pervez Musharraf the accused in BB murder case.

During the hearing, Ilyas Siddique Advocate appeared before the court and submitted attorney on behalf of Begum Sehba Musharraf, who is, according to him, in UK. But FIA Prosecutor Chaudhry Azhar raised doubt over the validly of legal attorney as no stamp of Foreign Officer (FO) of Pakistani High Commission in UK is present on documents. On this the court ordered the defence counsel to remove the apprehension of FIA prosecutor and adjourned the hearing till February 18, 2012.