ISLAMABAD (APP) - The Supreme Court is set to take up a number of identical pleas over certain provisions of 18th Amendment on May 31 (Monday). A 17-member larger bench will comprising Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Javed Iqbal, Justice Mian Shakirullah Jan, Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani, Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk, Justice Raja Fayyaz Ahmed, Justice Muhammad Sair Ali, Justice Mahmood Akhtar Shahid Siddiqui, Justice Jawad S. Khawaja, Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali, Justice Khilji Arif Hussain, Justice Rahmat Hussain Jafferi, Justice Tariq Parvez, Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa, Justice Ghulam Rabbani and Justice Khalil-ur-Rehman Ramday will resume hearing. Justice Zahid Hussain will not be included in the bench, as he has been facing contempt notice over Provisional Constitutional Ordinance 2007 matter. These constitutional petitions were filed under Article 184 by Nadeem Ahmed Advocate, District Bar Association Rawalpindi, Watan Party through its Chairman Zafar Ullah Khan, Supreme Court Bar Association through its President, Muhammad Ijaz-ul-Haq of PML-Z, Lahore High Court Rawalpindi Bench, Bar Association Rawalpindi through Syed Zulfiqar Abbas Naqvi, Pakistan Lawyers Forum through its President A.K.Dogar, Sardar Khan Niazi, Shahid Orakzai, Kowkab Iqbal, Al Jehad Trust through Habibul Wahab-ul-Khairi and District Bar Associations. On last hearing, the bench had granted time to counsels for Federation for filing concise statements. The short replies filed by Federation on Thursday and Friday had rejected concerns of petitioners by saying that the Constitution did not provide any jurisdiction to any Court of law to invalidate the constitutional amendment made in accordance with the prescribed procedure. It further contended that the power of the Parliament cannot be curtailed or fettered on the basis of any doctrine, maxim or theory. The Parliament has to exercise its power in accordance with the written command of the Constitution and the recent amendments have been validly adopted by the Parliament, it added. The petitioners have challenged the Judicial Commission for appointment of superior courts judges and called for immediate annulment of Article 175-A by terming it against the freedom of judiciary. Pakistan Muslim League-Zia (PML-Z) President and former federal minister Ijazul Haq had raised concerns over amendments to Articles 1(2)(a), 17, 51(6) (d)&(e) read with Articles 106(3)(c), 63 (g) &(h), 63-A and 175-A. The petitioners have said that the Parliament cannot amend the constitution in a way as it had changed the basic structure of judiciary. The Judicial Commission provision was unanimously passed by both Houses of Parliament, which would work for appointment of judges of superior judiciary.