On Fifth Anniversary Of APS Attack, Politicians Lament Delayed Justice
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.
5 years on from APS attack and the parents of the martyred students still demand justice. Its a travesty that the APS commission report hasn’t been released. It is a failure of the state that justice has not been served. Its inexcusable that the NAP still isnt implemented 1/2
— BilawalBhuttoZardari (@BBhuttoZardari) December 16, 2019
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’.
A day that can never be forgotten – A tragedy so intense it shook the nation to its core – the APS terror attack that took away the lives of so many innocent children along with their teachers. Tears and prayers are all we have left alongside a resolve to ensure "never again" . pic.twitter.com/761bn18YSu
— Shireen Mazari (@ShireenMazari1) December 16, 2019
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.
We promised to never forget the #APSPeshawar attack 5 years ago, and to fight terrorism& extremism to finish. But on this day it is right to ask have we done justice to #APS families &to our national promise? Have we fought militancy, extremism, intolerance as we pledged? pic.twitter.com/X5qeZIbteK
— Nafisa Shah (@ShahNafisa) December 15, 2019
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.
Today is the 5th anniversary of the dastardly terrorist attack on the #ArmyPublicSchoolPeshawar. Let us remember the innocent martyrs of this tragic incident and pray to Allah Almighty for granting their parents and relatives the strength to bear their loss. Ameen. #APSAttack pic.twitter.com/Yusf8qOfc1
— Moonis Elahi (@MoonisElahi6) December 16, 2019
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.
5 years after massacre of APS children/teachers;
No proper inquiry/report so far.
National Action Plan forgotten.
Pakistan still hosting Taliban.
Tahir Dawar’s abduction & murder,
KharKamar & other killings.
Arrests/torture of activists.#StopHostingAPSKillers
— Afrasiab Khattak (@a_siab) December 15, 2019
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.
Today we mourn the massacred APS children while their murderer, Ehsan Ullah Ehsan, is being treated like a state guest. How long will this hypocrisy continue? When will the perpetrators of APS be punished? Why the delay on prosecuting this one in custody? #StopHostingAPSKillers
— Mohsin Dawar (@mjdawar) December 16, 2019