PESHAWAR - The Peshawar High Court (PHC) on Wednesday ordered to stop the salaries of Provincial Home Secretary and KP Inspector General of Police for not submitting reply.

PHC also termed the federal government’s reply as unsatisfactory in a writ petition seeking the court orders for making all the information public regarding the Army Public School (APS) incident.

A divisional bench comprising of Chief Justice Mazhar Alam Miankhel and Justice Muhammad Daud Khan issued the order while hearing the petition filed by Ajun Khan Advocate, father of student Asfand Khan, who was killed during the APS terrorists attack.

While representing the federal government in hearing of the case, Deputy Attorney General (DAG) submitted that the Ministry of Interior and National Counter Terrorism Authority had submitted reply, in which it was explained that the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government had been given prior information about the terrorists attack on the school. However, the court declared the federal government’s reply as unsatisfactory and observed that two lines reply was not the solution.

The bench ordered the federation to submit its report with relevant record within 10 days. Dozens of lawyers appeared along with the petitioner in the case. Mothers of the APS victims and civil society network women members also attended the court proceedings in the case.

About non-submission of replies by the KP IGP and Secretary Home in the case,  Additional Advocate General (AAG) Qaiser Ali Shah told the court that they did not submit reply and requested the court to give some time for the reply.

The court issued direction regarding stopping salaries of KP IGP and Secretary Home and directed to ensure submission of replies within 10 days. 

The lawyer said that on August 28, 2014, the National Counter Terrorism Authority (Nacta) through a letter had informed the provincial government and additional chief secretary of FATA that the TTP in collaboration with others had made a plan to carry out terrorist activities against APS and other educational institutions run by the Pakistan Army to avenge the killing of their accomplices.

He said necessary action to counter the threat was not taken by the administration.

He said that whether it was an act of criminal negligence, a conspiracy that such a sensitive information or intelligence report was ignored. This, he added, resulted into the unforgettable incident of terrorist attack on the APS on December 16, 2014, which left 144 students and some staff members martyred.

The petitioner prayed the court to accept his petition and direct the respondents to answer questions raised by him and release all information and actions on APS attack till date. The court ordered the federation, Home Secretary, IGP KP to submit their replies within 10 days in the case.