ISLAMABAD - After winning the complete support of political parties for the proposed constitutional amendment for the setting up of special trial courts, the government has decided to have the input of Supreme Court Bar Association and Pakistan Bar Council on the subject.

Sources in ruling Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) informed The Nation that on Monday almost all the mainstream political parties had given their approval to the proposed constitutional amendment and the same would be discussed with the office bearers of Supreme Court Bar Association and Pakistan Bar Council to have their value addition in the draft amendment bill likely to be tabled before the Parliament in the beginning of the next month.

Parliamentary sources informed that Senate was already in session while the National Assembly session is also called from 5th of next month to get the 21st amendment to the constitution for the establishment of special trail courts to deal with the cases of hardcore terrorists.

An eight-member committee comprising Ch Aitzaz Ahsan, Afrasiab Khattak, Barrister Faroogh Nasim, Mushahid Hussain Syed, Hamid Khan, Attorney General of Pakistan Salman Butt, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Parliamentary Affairs Barrister Zafarullah and Kh Zaheer had completed the spade work and a draft of proposed amendments in the constitution and changes in the relevant laws was prepared.

The sources in the government said that in the proposed draft amendment to Article 212 of the constitution for establishing these special trial courts to deal with the cases relating to hardcore terrorists was suggested and thereafter the other articles of the constitution to be affected by this amendment would also be amended. They said that under the legal changes some of the fundamental rights of the people would also be suspended for the period these special courts would be functional.

The sources informed that after taking the input from Pakistan Bar Council and Supreme Court Bar Association, if required, the suggestions and proposals of the office bearers of both these apex bodies would be incorporated in the draft amendment bill and the same would be tabled before both houses of the Parliament for legislation.

A senior Parliamentarian commenting on the proposed 21st Amendment to the constitution for providing constitutional cover to the special trial courts manned by the Armed Forces personnel, said that as the proposed amendment would be having the backing of all the parliamentary parties, so there would hardly be any difficulty in its passage.

A source informed The Nation that the government has evolved a strategy to get the 21st amendment passed from both the houses and it was decided that the proposed amendment would be tabled in the National Assembly on January 5 and efforts would be made to get it through from the lower house of the Parliament the same day. Similarly, it would be ensured that it would get through from the Upper House of the Parliament in a day, so that the special trial courts would be put in action as soon as possible.