ISLAMABAD: The Chief Justice of Pakistan, Justice Nasir-Ul-Mulk on Thursday formed a three-member bench to hear petitions challenging the setting up of special courts.
Chief Justice Nasirul Mulk will be heading the three-member bench formed to hold hearing of at least seven petitions against formation of special courts.
The bench is scheduled to hear the petitions on January 28.
The other two judges on the bench are Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Mushir Alam.
The petition, filed by the Lahore High Court (LHC) Bar Association at the Supreme Court’s Lahore registry, challenges the establishment of special courts and disapproves the 21st Constitutional Amendment.
The petitioners maintain that the Constitution does not provide any room for special courts, and that the 21st Amendment deviates from the basic structure of the Constitution.
The petitions also argue that forming of special courts establishes a parallel judicial system.
The petitions state the 21st amendment affects clauses in the Constitution pertaining to basic human rights, and plead to the apex court to strike down the legislation.