Prime Minister appears before Supreme Court in APS massacre case
Prime Minister Imran Khan was summoned by the apex court of Pakistan in the Suo Moto case of the Army Public School (APS) massacre on Wednesday (today).
The government’s lawyer asked for some time so that Prime Minister could appear before the court on which bench of judges expressed their anger and displeasure. The top court ordered Prime Minister Imran Khan to appear in the court.
Imran Khan appeared in the court and questions were asked by the judge bench regarding the developments in the case of the APS massacre.
While at the rostrum, Prime Minister expressed that the APS incident was painful. He further remarked that he went to Peshawar as soon as the attack happened and met with the injured children as well as martyred children’s families.
PM further added that PTI was not in the federal government when the attack happened to which the judge remarked that “now your government is in charge what progress has been done?”
“We have won the fight against terrorism, there were bomb blasts happening every day,” said Prime Minister.
PM Imran Khan further added, “after the APS attack, National Action Plan was introduced to combat the situation.”
Justice Qazi Amin asked the question from the government’s lawyer regarding the security agencies, “is it not the duty of security officials to find and trace the real culprits?”
The bench of judges questioned the security failure and remarked that it is not possible that they (terrorists) were not provided any support from the inside.
Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed that they are very much under grieve and sorrow on the APS attack as well as 80,000 people who lost their lives to terrorism.
“Give us the orders, all the required action will be taken against the culprits involved in the incident,” PM said to the apex court.
Justice Qazi Amin remarked about the government’s negotiations with TTP, “Pakistan has the sixth biggest army in the world and you are negotiating on the table with the culprits. Are we going to sign the surrender document?”
The Supreme Court of Pakistan has adjourned the Suo Moto case hearing for four weeks and ordered to present the progress reports of the APS case.
Army Public School (APS) located in Peshawar was struck by the terrorist on December 16, 2014. 150 students and teachers were martyred in the terrorist act.