ISLAMABAD (APP) The Supreme Court here on Thursday rejected an appeal of a serving Major of Pakistan Army, seeking correction in date of birth after upholding that he could not approach courts in term of Article 199 of the Constitution, placing a bar on serving army personnel. A three-member bench comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Nasirul Mulk and Justice Tariq Parvez rejected an appeal of Major Muhammad Azhar Khan Mastoi. The bench in its order observed that he was a serving Major and how could he invoke jurisdiction of High Court and Supreme Court in term of Article 199 (iii) which placed expressing bar on them. The bench also rejected his counsels arguments based on a judicial verdict of Ghulam Abbas Niazi PLD 2009 and said that civilian cases were distinguished from that of serving military officers. His counsel requested the court to issue direction for correction in his date of birth from January 1, 1960 to October 1963. He said the record pertaining to his date of birth was damaged after a flood and neither it was in his parents knowledge nor he knew it. Similarly, the other day the same bench asked another petitioners counsel to consult authorities concerned of Military for concession in life imprisonment of Ejaz Masih. The petitioner was convicted for espionage and awarded capital punishment by a military court in 1982. His sentence was commuted to life imprisonment in 1987. His counsel prayed that he had almost completed his term in Adyala jail and might be released. The counsel for JAC said that he had to undergo another month prison however, under Army Act, he could appeal for concession. The hearing was adjourned till July 2.