Lahore - A full bench of the Lahore High Court postponed for June 21 the hearing of a 21-year-old petition against the formation of Multan, Baha walpur and Rawalpindi benches of the LHC by former military ruler Late Gen (r) Zia-ul-Haq. During the proceedings on Monday, Zulfiqar Abbas, president Lahore High Court Bar Association Rawalpindi bench, appeared with his counsel Abad-ur-Rehman Lodhi and requested to dismiss the petition as the petitioner is already dead and now the matter could not be agitated. The bench comprising Justice Ijaz Ahmad Chaudhry, Justice Sh Azmat Saeed and Justice Umar Ata Bandial adjourned the proceedings on request of the petitioner counsel as he could not appear because of his engagement before the Supreme Court. A senior lawyer Late MD Tahir had filed this petition in year 1989 in which he had challenged the establishment of benches at Multan, Rawalpindi and Bahawalpur. This petition was admitted for regular hearing by a full bench, which had issued notices to the federal government, presidents of Lahore High Court Bar Association and others of bar associations at three benches. On request of the counsels for LHC benches at Rawalpindi, Multan and Bahawalpur the proceedings were adjourned and since then it was pending. On Monday, petitioner counsel Dr Abdul Basit argued that former military dictator Gen Zia-ul-Haq had formed regional benches of high courts including Lahore High Court in 1981 to divide the judiciary. He said the act was in violation of the constitution and without lawful authority, which was liable to be set aside. Earlier the federal government submitted its reply stating that it was in favour of these benches and would defend the constitution of these benches.