SC bench hearing pleas against military courts dissolved again

By Muhammad JuniadPublished On 26 Jun 2023

ISLAMABAD: A-seven member bench hearing pleas against trials of civilians in the military courts on Monday dissolved again as Justice Mansoor Ali Shah recused himself from hearing on reservations raised by the federal government.

On June 22, a seven-member bench was constituted after a nine-member bench was dissolved following objections raised by Justice Qazi Faez Isa and Justice Sardar Tariq Masood.

At the outset of the hearing, Attorney General of Pakistan (AGP) Mansoor Awan raised an objection to the presence of Justice Mansoor Ali Shah on behalf of the federal government.

One of the applicants in the pleas against military courts is Justice Shah’s relative, his conduct might be affected, AGP said.

CJP Justice Umar Ata Bandial remarked the bench cannot be constituted on your ‘choice and will’. “Avoid defaming judiciary”, CJP remarked.

There is a series of raising objections over the SC hearing important cases from the Punjab election date case, the CJP said and added to let the honorable judge decide about the presence in the bench.

Meanwhile, Justice Mansoor Ali Shah excused himself from the hearing of the case. “I cannot remain part of the bench after objections.”