Plea for full court against military trial of civilians rejected

Verdict says judges not available for full court due to vacation till September.

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court has rejected a plea seeking the constitution of a full court to hear petitions challenging the trial of civilians in military courts.

A six-member bench comprising Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Umar Ata Bandial, Justice Ijazul Ahsan, Justice Munib Akhtar, Justice Yahya Afridi, Justice Sayyed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi and Justice Ayesha A. Malik announced the reserved verdict.

During the hearing today, CJP Bandial said the bench had discussed the plea and the formation of a full court was not available until September due to summer vacations.

Almost all counsels representing different petitioners opposed the idea, though Advocate Khwaja Ahmad Hosain, on behalf of former CJP Jawwad S. Khawaja, sought time to seek fresh instructions from his client.

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