A parliamentary panel headed by Law Minister Zahid Hamid will draft and vet the proposed 25th constitutional amendment to once again set up military courts to try terrorists, parliamentary leaders decided on Thursday.
The heads of parliamentary parties met for the fifth time in the chamber of National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq after the two-year term of the courts – set up after the gruesome December 2014 attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar – expired on January 7.
Reservations of some parliamentarians over military courts resurfaced in Thursday’s meeting even though they had agreed in principle to set them up after being briefed by military officials in the previous huddle.
“They [parliamentary leaders] are doing politics now. None of them spoke a dissenting word when military authorities gave them a briefing,” a participant said.