RAWALPINDI - Special Judge of Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) Rawalpindi Number 1 Chaudhry Habib-ur-Rehman on Saturday rejected a petition of Aitzaz Shah, a juvenile accused in the PPP Chairperson Benazir Bhutto murder case.

In the application, the accused had prayed to the court for trying him separately in the BB assassination case from other four accused.

However, the court dismissed the application of the accused Aitzaz Shah as President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari had already promulgated an ordinance ruling that all terrorism cases would be tried by the ATCs including juvenile. Aitzaz Shah had been declared a juvenile as he was 15-year-old in January 2009 when he was nabbed by police for his alleged role in December 27, 2007 Liaquat Bagh gun-bomb attack in which the former premier was killed. Aitzaz Shah, through his lawyer, had argued that a juvenile could not be tried along with other accused persons.  Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Special Prosecutor Chaudhry Zulfiqar Ahmed argued before the court that the President had issued an ordinance in 2012 and all cases of terrorism would be tried by the ATCs.

He further argued that Lahore High Court (LHC) Chief Justice had also endorsed the ordinance that terrorism cases would be tried only at ATCs.

Meanwhile, ATC No 1 postponed the proceeding in the application of Sehba Musharraf till September 8, 2012.

Begum Sehba Musharraf, the spouse of former President General (Retd) Pervez Musharraf, has approached the court for detaching some accounts frozen by the trial court after Musharraf was declared proclaimed offender in the BB murder case by ATC.