PESHAWAR - Criticising the federal government for its failure to order a judicial inquiry into the gruesome attack on Army Public School, Peshawar, some parents of the martyred students have warned to return the cash and residential plots if demands are not accepted forthwith.

Addressing a news conference at the press club yesterday, a seven-member committee of the parents, led by Fazal Khan Advocate, said some persons within the government were pressurising the parents to stop raising further demands. Other members of the committee, Sher Nawaz Khan, Ahmed Ali, Jamal Nasir, Tariq Khan, Arif Khan and Zahoor Ahmed, were also present during the press conference.

Fazal Khan said he had also lost his son in the attack and refused to accept the government’s offer of a residential plot and cash in protest against the authorities’ failure to investigate the case in the real sense despite the passage of two years. He said the parents had done nothing wrong and were simply demanding a probe into the attack, but despite assurances the government was reluctant to carry out investigation and arrest the culprits.

“We are not satisfied with the report that the culprits involved in the APS attack had been hanged,” Fazl advocate said and added the officials concerned should take the parents into confidence by sharing information with them. He affirmed it was the APS attack that forced the government to form National Action Plan, bring 21st Constitutional Amendment and set up military courts, but it had so far failed to satisfy the victims’ parents.

Besides, he said, Tamgha-e-Shujaat medals given to the parents in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were different from those awarded at Aiwan-e-Sadr, saying it was a discriminatory attitude on the part of the government.

On the occasion, a member of the committee, Ahmed Ali, said on Friday he was on way to his workplace when some people took him to an office where some people told him that the parents of the victims had been compensated, so now they had no right to protest or raise further demands for probe.

Ali said the parents did not want to sell blood of their children and would return whatever the government had given to them, including cash and medals; they just wanted a proper probe into the case. He said the parents were ready to face all kinds of consequences, but would not stop raising voice for awarding punishment to the culprits involved in the attack. They had not sent their children for the monetary benefits, but wanted them to get education in the known institution, he said.