Peshawar: Parents of martyred students of Army Public School have warned that they would stage ‘sit-in’ outside Prime Minister house, and building of Supreme Court on March 19, if the government didn’t expose people involved in the December 16 Peshawar attack and not give them exemplary punishment within a day.
Speaking at a press conference, Ajun Khan, father of a martyred student, under platform of Shuhada-o-Ghani Forum Peshawar, along with a group of male and female parents’ martyred APS students, said the despite the passage of three-month, no progress was made to bring the involved people in Peshawar attack to justice. He said the apathetic attitude of government was created great unrest among the parents of the martyred students.
Ajun Khan questioned about the inability of government and law enforcement agencies in exposing the people behind the Peshawar gruesome episode and giving them exemplary punishment. He said if the rulers didn’t protect people and their property, so there was no right to remain in power.
The aggrieved parents described the Peshawar attack was dark day in the history of the country, and termed it a vicious and brutal episode. He said the entire nation was united against terrorism after the December 16 attack in Peshawar. “Those people rendered their lives for sack of peace, will not go into vain, he said. He vowed: “We will continue own struggle till the establishment of sustainable and durable peace on own motherland”.
Flanked by parents, Farooq Shah, Mohammad Amin, Gul Shahzad Khattak, Amin Khan and survived students of APS, Mr Anjun Khan said that the country and their people weren’t protected until institutions unaccountable and non-punishable for failure in discharging their duties. He appealed the Chief Justice of Pakistan, to take suo-moto notice of the Peshawar attack.
Rejecting the announcement of civil award for martyred APS students, he said if the government brought 18th to 20th constitutional amendments, why it has become reluctant to make amendments for awarding high-pride award for our martyred children, in militant attack on Peshawar School, he asked. He demanded the government to announce award, parallel to ‘Nishan-e-Haider’ for martyred APS students.
Because, he said the supreme sacrifices of APS martyred students for their motherland will never be ignored and will remember for longer period. He appealed the elected representatives from different political parties to raise voice for awarding Nishan-e-Haider to martyred students of APS.
A mother, who holds portrait of her martyred son, reminded the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Raheel Sharif, who during his visited to Army Public School, promised to accept whatever their demands and give their martyred children ‘Nishan-e-Haider’ award, but the promise was yet not fulfilled, she regretted.
Ajun Khan also held accountable the corps commander for Peshawar incident, after which he needed to resign from his position. He appealed the political parties and people from all walks to ensure their participation on March 19 outside Prime Minister House and apex court in Islamabad, and proved that they want sustainable peace and protection of the coming generations.
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