ISLAMABAD   -  The Supreme Court on Friday ordered formation of a judicial commission to probe the Army Public School Peshawar carnage in 2014.

The terrorists attack on the APS claimed lives of more than 130 persons most of them schoolchildren and leaving more than 150 wounded.

The top court said that the Chief Justice Peshawar High Court (PHC) shall appoint senior most judge as a head of the Commission. It also ruled that the Commission shall submit its report within six weeks of complete inquiry.

A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar and comprising Justice Faisal Arab and Justice Ijazul Ahsan took up the human rights application in the matter regarding martyrs of APS.

Further, the chief justice announced that he will also visit the APS Peshawar on December 16 to attend the prayer ceremony on the occasion of commemoration.

According to Additional Advocate General Syed Nayar Rizvi, members of the bench and he will visit the APS Peshawar on December 16.

In May, the mothers of victims, who have formed the APS Martyrs Forum, had submitted an application in the top court’s Peshawar Registry demanding orders for punishing the attackers and identification of the officials who failed to counter the attack immediately.

The parents have been questioning what steps were taken by the officials concerned to foil the attack in the backdrop of August 2014 threat alert about a possible attack on the educational institutions run by the Pakistan Army.

The application of the parents stated that the NACTA, on August 28, 2014, through a letter had informed the provincial government that the commander of Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan had a plan of terrorist activities in APS and other educational institutions run by the Pakistan Army to kill children of soldiers in revenge.

During the course of hearing, chief justice apologised to the heirs of martyrs for verbal order for formation of the commission at Peshawar Registry.

He remarked that since the bench was dissolved, due to recusal of one of the judge when it was sitting in Peshawar Registry to hear the cases, therefore the written order could not be issued.

"Now, in front of you, I give the order in which there will be no delay," the Chief Justice told the present heirs during the hearing.

The CJ further observed that the whole country equally shared the pain of APS incident. He further assured the heirs that they would get justice.

During the course of hearing, a report from the chief secretary of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was also submitted in the top court mentioning the compensation amount paid to victims of APS attack.

Advocate Ajun Khan, whose son Asfand Khan was also martyred in the incident, represented the APS victims and parents of martyred.

 

 

SC orders judicial probe into APS carnage

 

SYED SABEEHUL HUSSNAIN