The Supreme Court on Friday set October 5 as the date for the suo motu hearing of the 2014 Army Public School carnage in Peshawar. Notices were sent to the attorney general and advocate general of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa among others. Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar will preside over the three-member SC bench. In the deadliest terror attack in the country’s history, 131 schoolchildren and 10 other people were killed when heavily armed militants stormed the APS on Dec 16, 2014. The top judge had taken a suo motu notice of the matter in April when parents of some martyred students, including mothers, approached him while he was hearing other cases in Peshawar. In May, the SC had ordered an inquiry into the APS carnage through a judicial commission comprising a judge of the Peshawar High Court (PHC). A judicial inquiry into the APS massacre was a longstanding demand of the parents. Parents in the courtroom during the May order said that they had been demanding justice for over three years and had put forward their request for a judicial inquiry at different forums.
The APS Shuhada Forum on Tuesday filed a writ petition in the Peshawar High Court (PHC) seeking trial and sentencing of Ehsanullah Ehsan, former spokesperson of the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), for his involvement in the 2014 terrorist attack on Peshawar’s Army Public School (APS) which left 144 students and staff dead. Shuhada Forum comprises family members of those killed in the bloodshed at the school. Its president, Fazal Khan, who is a lawyer and the main petitioner, accused Ehsan for carrying out the deadly attack, demanding the court to stop the government from granting clemency to the terrorist. Khan named various parties as respondents in the writ, such as Government of Pakistan, Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Human Rights, Ministry of Law and Justice. Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, director general of Inter-Services Intelligence and General Headquarters of Pakistan Army. "The very next day of the APS attack, Ehsanullah Ehsan claimed the responsibility of the brutal attack and warned to carry more attacks in future," the petition read, adding, "The surrender or arrest of the main accused and mastermind of the APS attack gives some hope that the men involved in the attack would be brought in to justice." Read more: Confession of militant renews pain of APS attack victims’ parents "But unfortunately, to the disappointment, the said Ehsanullah Ehsan is far from the aisles of justice," Khan said in the petition, saying the former TTP spokesperson is "being portrayed as an unaware, innocent and a [Read More…]
This refers to the news report, ‘Violence in Pakistan drops 45 percent in 2016’ (Jan 3). It is a matter of utmost satisfaction that the number of violence-led fatalities and casualties in Pakistan continues its downward trend since 2014 when the terrible APS massacre took place. All credit goes to the Pakistan Armed Forces and in particular, the ex-COAS, General (r) Raheel Sharif, for having taken the required measures to restore peace, tranquillity and calm in the Pakistani society to a very large extent. In the meantime, the government, security agencies and the people must continue to search for further ways and means to eradicate the threat of militancy and violence-based activities for good. Pakistan’s achievements towards becoming an internally peaceful country are commendable. Violence begets violence. Therefore, violence should be abhorred and done away with on a large-scale. Abbas R Siddiqi Lahore
The APS attack has united the entire country. The country remembered the brutal killing of 134 schoolchildren and nine school members on Friday (Dec 16). Two years back, December 16, 2014 became the day of the national tragedy. It was the second anniversary of the APS attack which was observed by schools across the country. It is one of the heartrending tragedies that can never be forgotten by the entire nation. Mannan Samad Turbat Kech ***** December 16, 2014 was the most tragic day of Pakistan. Two years have been passed, since the APS attack, but no one can forget the darkest day in the history of the country. It seems that from inside, terrorists are already dead. How cruelly the innocent schoolchildren were killed. Bodies of children – drenched in blood – were lying on the school’s premises. Children were ruthlessly shot dead when a few militants bombarded the school. The attack has left everyone speechless. According to a famous Pushto proverb, “When your child dies you bury him in your hearts. He only dies the day you die” How true the proverb is! Within a short span, the massacre turned the world upside down. The victims of the attack will always rise and shine in the heart of the entire nation. Not only for today or tomorrow, but forever. Anum Qamer Karachi
Two events — the Army Public School massacre of two years ago and the crash of flight PK-166 are emblematic of how the state fails those that survive traumatic events such as this. The dead are mourned and buried and the living have to carry on regardless, putting their lives back together as best they can with little or no support from outside their immediate friends and family. The PIA flight crashed 10 days ago and the media focused on the death of one man, a celebrity, and spared little thought for those who died other than those that were headline news in their lifetimes. Relatives of the non-celebrity dead have complained bitterly that double standards are in operation, that they are of low priority in the queue for DNA testing that would allow the release of remains for burial. We are now pleased to report that all the bodies are identified and authorised for release. For the relatives of the dead of the APS atrocity the pain continues. Parents and other relatives as well as survivors of the attack number in the hundreds if not thousands, and according to doctors willing to comment publicly that are familiar with them many are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). They may take years to recover. Some may never recover. They need professional counseling the provision of which is threadbare at best. The unseen and unheard casualties of catastrophic events mostly suffer in stoic silence. The media quickly moves on to the [Read More…]
December 16, 2014 was the day when the entire world was shaken by the bloodcurdling APS attack. This was the worst kind of terrorism. This was the attack on the future of Pakistan. The terrorists attacked the students of Army Public School. The attack on children clearly showed the cruelty of terrorists. This massacre has created a void in the heart of the entire nation. Our condolences and sympathies cannot compensate the loss of parents. But, the APS attack united the entire country against the enemy. We have to stand firm against our enemies and fight till the end of the time to pay homage to the martyrs of the APS attack. Those young children will always remain in our hearts. Laraib Hameed Rawalpindi ***** The tragedy of Army Public School, Peshawar will haunt Pakistan forever. One can never forget December 16, 2014 – the day when terrorists killed more than a hundred children of APS. The attack left the entire nation deeply saddened. There are no words to describe the incident.. Militant organisations are the country’s enemies. The civil and military leadership should be on the same page to counter terror and violence. Militants of all shades should be eliminated before they could carry out more of similar attacks. In the meanwhile, the families of victims should be compensated adequately. Saeed Ullah Khan Wazir Baka Khel
The APS attack was carried out on December 16, 2014. This traumatic incident shattered the whole world and everyone condemned it. It was a wakeup call for the government to protect its citizens from extremism and barbarians. The government came into action and vowed to eliminate terrorism from the country. This marked the launch of Operation Zarb-e-Azab. Two years have been passed, but terrorism is still on its peak. The large-scale carnage in Balochistan is the glaring example of the fact that terrorism is still deeply rooted in the country. It was assumed that the APS attack would wake the entire nation from its deep slumber and no such incidents would happen again. The government is requested to tight its nose against non-state actors so the citizens of the country can live a peaceful life. One extends sympathies to the bereaved families who lost their loved ones in the attack. Inzamam Qasim Silachi Sibi, Balochistan ***** December 16 has marked the loss of more than a hundred school-going children owing to the APS attack. The incident shook the entire country. How can one forget the massacre of young children? The heart-breaking visuals of the incident still haunt the entire nation. However, December 16 was the day when the civil and military leadership finally came on one page and drafted a full scale action against sordid terrorism. As a result, the National Action Plan (NAP) was coined. Operation Zarb-e-Azb and other similar operations were launched to destroy the networks and chains [Read More…]