LAHORE - The Lahore High Court Bar Association on Monday filed a constitutional petition before the Supreme Court challenging formation of military courts .  Shafqat Mahmood Chohan, president of LHCBA, filed the petition in SC Lahore Registry submitting that formation of military courts was against the spirit of the constitution. He said such courts were being made to destroy the judicial system of the country.

The bar said that unfortunately, the political parties had supported 21st amendment in the parliament which was negation of the Constitution as the Constitution did not provide any room for military courts .

The bar requested the court to set aside 21st amendment for larger interest. Later, talking to the media, the bar president said that the government by establishing military courts wanted to destroy judicial system. He said the lawyers would foil this conspiracy against the judiciary.

About 8,000 prisoners were on death row due to negligence of the government as the courts had done their job, he added. He further said that the bar would host ‘All Pakistan Lawyers Convention’ on Jan 28 and then they would decide their future strategy against the decision of formation of military courts .