PESHAWAR - Parents of the martyred students of Army Public School warned that they would stage protest sit-in outside the PM House and Supreme Court, if the government failed to award exemplary punishment to the culprits behind December 16 Peshawar carnage.

Addressing a news conference under the platform of Shuhada-o-Ghani Forum, at the Press Club here Monday, Ajun Khan, father of a martyred student, said that despite lapse of three-month no progress was made to bring the culprits of Peshawar carnage to the court of justice. He said that pathetic attitude of the government created great unrest among parents of the martyred students.

Flanked by a group of parents of the martyred APS students, Ajun Khan questioned the incompetence of government and law enforcing agencies in exposing the people behind the Peshawar gruesome episode.

"If the incumbent rulers cannot protect lives and properties of the masses, then they have no right to govern," he added.

The aggrieved parents described the Peshawar attack as the darkest day of their lives and termed it a vicious and brutal episode in the country’s history.

"The entire nation was united against terrorism after the December 16 attack in Peshawar," he said, adding those who sacrificed their lives for the sack of peace would never go in vain. He vowed to continue their struggle till establishment of sustainable peace across the country.

The parents appealed to Chief Justice of Pakistan to take suo moto notice of the Peshawar attack and conduct an impartial inquiry through a judicial commission.

Rejecting the announcement of civil award for martyred students of APS, he said if the government can bring 18th, 19th and 20th Constitutional amendments, then why it was reluctant to give high-pride award to the martyred children. He demanded the government to announce civil award equal to 'Nishan-e-Haider' for the APS martyred students.

He maintained that the matchless sacrifices rendered by the APS students would never be forgotten. He also urged upon the elected representatives of all political parties to raise a voice for awarding highest civil award to the martyred students.

On the occasion, a bereaved mother, who was holding portrait of her martyred son, reminded Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif, who during his visit to Army Public School, promised to accept whatever their demands are and award Nishan-e-Haider to their martyred children but the promise was yet to be materialised. Ajun Khan also held accountable the Corps Commander Peshawar for the incident and said after the incident, he should have resigned from his position.

He also appealed to all political parties and people to participate in their sit-in outside the PM House and Apex Court in Islamabad on March 19 for the sake of sustainable peace.