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On Fifth Anniversary Of APS Attack, Politicians Lament Delayed Justice

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On the fifth anniversary of the horrific terrorist attack on the Army Public School (APS) in Peshawar, politicians have expressed their sympathies and condolences whilst calling for justice for the families of victims.

In a message on this day, Prime Minister Imran Khan condemned the APS attack and expressed his sympathies to all those affected by the tragic event. He emphasised that the nation would continue to fight for national, regional and world peace. He further said that education was the only weapon against extremism and terrorism.

Pakistan Peoples Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto said that parents of martyred students were still demanding justice five years from the APS attack. He added that it was a travesty that the APS commission report had not been released and that it was a failure of the state that justice had not been served.

Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari stated that it was a tragedy that shook the nation to its core, adding that tears and prayers were all we had left along with a resolve to ensure ‘never again’.

PPP lawmaker Nafisa Shah questioned that had we done anything to fight militancy, extremism and intolerance as we pledged after the APS attack five years back.

Pakistan Muslim League-Quadi MNA Moonis Elahi said that on the fifth anniversary of the APS attack, we should remember the innocent martyrs and pray to Allah to grant their parents and relatives the strength to bear their loss.

Former senator Afrasiab Khattak said that till now there had been no proper inquiry into the incident, the National Action Plan had been forgotten, and people were still being killed  while the state was hosting the Taliban.

MNA Mohsin Dawar said that while we mourn the victims of APS, their murderer, Ehsan ullah Ahsan was being treated as a state guest. He further questioned why there was a delay in prosecuting Ahsan and punishing the rest of the perpetrators of APS.

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