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After hearing the arguments of the lawyers for the federal and provincial governments, Chief Justice Chaudhrysaid: "How can the court proceed further in the case till theForeign Office tells us about his (Davis'') diplomatic status?"

He subsequently adjourned the matter till March 14.

In a related development, judicial magistrate AniqAnwar extended Davis'' judicial remand for illegal possessionof a weapon for 14 days at the request of the prosecutorgeneral.

Davis was not produced in the magistrate''s court dueto security concerns and the hearing was conducted throughvideo-conferencing.

He will be presented in the trial court onFebruary 25 to face murder charges.

The High Court is hearing several similar petitionsasking it to direct authorities to prosecute Davis.

The prosecution department of Punjab has filed arequest in court to request that Davis'' trial be held in KotLakhpat Jail because of security reasons.

An application was also filed today by lawyer AzharSiddique to make former Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshiparty to the case as he had contended that the Foreign Officewas of the opinion that Davis does not enjoy "blanketimmunity".

He is being held in Kot Lakhpat Jail and police haveaccused him of murder in a charge-sheet filed in a lowercourt.

The charge-sheet also rejected Davis'' claim that hehad acted in self-defence. An application was also filed inthe Lahore High court today by lawyer Azhar Siddique to makeformer Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi party to the caseas he has disclosed that the Foreign Office was of the opinionthat Davis does not enjoy "blanket immunity". .

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