A three-member bench of the SC comprising Chief Justice Ifitikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Ghulam Rabbani and Justice Sair Ali was hearing the case.
Former law minister Babar Awan who on Wednesday resign from the post to plead the case, appeared before the court while top leadership of the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) was also present in the Court Room No.1.
The CJ remarket that many references were filed in the SC since 1955, adding that a certain question should be sent to the court.
Justice Sair Ali observed that no question of law had been framed in the reference.
The CJ remarked that it seemed the reference had been written by a draft man and that not by the president himself.
The CJ observed that the court would issue notices to the legal experts to assist the court during the hearing of the president’s reference.
Babar Awan quoted former chief justice’s book to corroborate his arguments, saying Bhutto had not released even his appeal would have been accepted, adding that the SC was under pressure.
The CJ remarked that the review of the case would become an instance and every body would ask the court to do so. Later the hearing was adjourned till Monday.
President Asif Ali Zardari had sent a reference to the Supreme Court to reopen case of former prime minister and the PPP founder Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, who was awarded death sentence and was hanged on April 4, 1979.His punishment is widely termed as judicial murder.