PM Imran Khan summoned to Supreme Court in APS attack case

PM Imran Khan summoned to Supreme Court in APS attack case

The Supreme Court of Pakistan has directed PM Imran Khan to appear on Wednesday in connection with the Army Public School attack case.

A supreme court bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmed, during the last hearing, has asked the attorney general to inform the court about the steps taken by the government for the parents of children martyred in the APS attack on Dec 16, 2014.

When militants attacked APS, a total of 147 people were martyred, 132 of them were children. Today, the chief justice asked the attorney general Khalid Jawed Khan whether the prime minister had read the court's order for today’s hearing or not. The attorney-general replied that the court order had not been sent to PM and would be soon.

The CJP asked, “Is the level of seriousness? Call the prime minister, we will talk to him ourselves. This cannot go on.”

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The attorney general said on the behalf of the government, “we accept all our mistakes.”

The parents of martyred children demand FIR against the officials responsible for the lack of security around the institution. During the hearing, AGP told that “no FIR could be registered against higher-ups.”

Justice Qazi Mohammad Amin Ahmed observed that there were reports the government is negotiating with some group, apparently referring to Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan. He questioned, “Is it not the state’s job to go after and catch the true culprits?”

The chief justice said that action must be taken against the guards and security in school, also against the higher officials who took salaries and benefits and then left, He said, the court “could not leave children to die in schools. The higher-ups took salaries and benefits and left.”