PESHAWAR: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Friday ordered the government to make public the report of the Judicial Commission on the Army Public School attack of 2014.
The APS attack is considered the deadliest and most heinous terror attack in the history of the country in which 131 schoolchildren and 10 other people were martyred when armed militants stormed the school building on December 16, 2014.
The Judicial Commission’s 3,000-page report contains the statements of 132 people, including 101 witnesses, 31 policemen, Pakistan Army personnel and other officers, apart from that of the parents. The Judicial Commission was formed by former chief justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar in 2018 upon the request of the parents of the martyred children.
The 525-page report made public provides a detailed account into the security lapses and circumstances which led to the horrific attack. The report said the assistance provided to the militants by the residents of the school’s locality was unpardonable.
On Friday, a member bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed heard the case based on a suo motu notice on complaints of the parents of the martyred students. Parents of the martyrs were also present during the hearing.
The chief justice in his remarks said the prosecution should start with the “people in power” and strict action must be taken by the government against those responsible to ensure such a tragedy doesn’t happen again. The chief justice said those who failed to provide timely intelligence about the attack must be known.
Justice Ijazul Ahsen said all kinds of assistance must be provided to the parents of the martyred children.
The parents of martyred said they believe that the APS incident was a target-killing. They said responsibility must be fixed and those found involved in negligence must be punished.
The attorney general assured the court that every possible action is being taken against those responsible for the incident.
The court also appointed Amanullah Kanrani as a judicial assistant and adjourned the hearing for a month. It also ordered to provide copies of the judicial commission report to the parents.