New bench to hear petitions against Muhsarraf's nomination

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Islamabad, Oct 3 (UNI) Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has constituted a new eight-judge bench of Supreme Court for hearing three constitutional petitions against the candidacy of Gen Pervez Musharraf in the October 6 presidential polls.

The bench will replace the nine-judge bench which was dissolved today after a judge pulled out of it.

Justice Sardar Raza opted not to sit on the bench, saying he had already given his detailed opinion in the matter in the court's verdict on President's dual offices case.

He said he could not sit on the bench as an ''observer''.

Head Judge of the bench Justice Javed Iqbal asked Justice Raza to continue but he persisted not to do so.

The new bench will be headed by Justice Javed Iqbal. Other members of the bench are -- Justice Abdul Hameed Dogar, Justice Muhammad Nawaz Abbasi, Justice Faqir Muhammad Khokar, Justice Nasirul Mulk, Justice Raja Fayyaz Ahmed, Justice Syed Jamshed Ali and Justice Ghulam Rabbani, Geo News reported.

The petitions include pleas by two presidential candidates -- Justice (retd) Wajihuddin Ahmed and Makhdoom Amin Fahim -- challenging the Election Commission accepting nomination papers of Gen Musharraf, who is seeking re-election in the October 6 polls.

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