Hearing against the 18th and 21st constitutional amendments and the establishment of military courts was adjourned without proceedings on Wednesday due a judge’s absence.
Heading the 16-member bench, Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Nasirul Mulk said that Justice Dost Muhammad Khan, who is included in full court, was not able to conduct the hearing due to his uncle’s demise.
Counsel Akram Sheikh said the petitions regarding the 18th Amendment have become “ineffective” and should be dismissed.
Supported by Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali’s comment, the CJP said the court would not declare the matter ineffective by itself but the counsels could withdraw if they wanted. Those who want to withdraw their request regarding 18th Amendment should inform the court on next hearing, he added.
The court adjourned the hearing till April 27 and directed counsels to file submissions on amendments till Saturday.