PESHAWAR: The Judicial Commission conducting investigation into the Army Public School (APS) carnage has summoned former Corps Commander Peshawar Lt Gen (Retd) Hidayatur Rehman and other important military and police officers for recording their statements.
Focal person of the probe commission, Imranullah Khan said in a media briefing on Friday that the former corps commander and other officers have been summoned by the commission and a communique in this regard has been sent to the Ministry of Defence and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief secretary. He said the officers who will record their statements include Chairman Board of Governors of APS Brigadier Mudassir Azam, an officer of 102 Brigade, HQ-11 Corps Inayatullah, Major Doctor Asim Shehzad of the Army Medical Corps and Secretary of the BoG Brigadier Major ICB Imran.
Imranullah said former KP police chief Nasir Khan Durrani, former secretary Home and Tribal Affairs Department Syed Akhtar Ali Shah and former deputy inspector general of Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) Muhammad Alam Shinwari have also been summoned. He said more people will be summoned by the commission if it deemed it necessary. He said the commission has also recorded the statements of former CCPO Ijaz Khan and injured policeman Wisal.
On the request of the parents of the martyred students, Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar had ordered formation of a probe commission under Justice Ibrahim Khan of the Peshawar High Court to probe the incident. The commission was constituted on 12 October, 2018 and it was asked to furnish report within six weeks. However, it got extension as several important statements are yet to be recorded.
The focal person said the commission has so far recorded statements of 93 parents of the victim students apart from some officials of the Counter Terrorism Department.
On 16 December, 2014, 144 persons, mostly students, lost their lives and many others were injured in a terrorist attack on the APS Peshawar. The terrorists were also killed in a military operation. The APS attack is considered the most tragic and heinous terror incident in the history of the country.
The chief Justice of Pakistan took up the case last year when during his Peshawar visit he was surrounded by the parents of the APS martyrs who were demanding justice for their children and judicial probe into the incident to fix responsibility.