SC bench dissolves after Qazi Faez Isa’s lawyer raises objection

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Observer Report

Islamabad

A Supreme Court bench hearing a set of petitions pertaining to presidential reference against Justice Qazi Faez Isa was on Tuesday dissolved after the lawyer of the apex court judge raised objection on its formation.
A seven-member larger bench headed by Justice Umar Atta Bandial and comprising Justice Maqbool Baqar, Justice Manzoor Ahmed Malik, Justice Sardar Tariq Masood, Justice Faisal Arab, Justice Ijazul Ahsan and Justice Mazhar Alam Khan Miankhel conducted the hearing.
Raising objection on the bench, Munir A. Malik, counsel for Qazi Faez Isa, said some of the judges should have refused to hear the case on moral grounds. Munir A Malik requested that a full court bench excluding members of the Supreme Judicial Council be formed. “Justice must also be seen to be done,” he said to media.
He said the judges who have a personal interest in the matter should not be part of the bench. When Justice Umar Atta Bandial asked him about the judge who he thinks can be biased, the lawyer said he won’t say any judge is biased.

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