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No Closure For APS Victims’ Parents As Inquiry Report Fails To Fix Responsibility

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Army Public School (APS) victims’ parents have said that the APS report made public by the authorities does not adequately summarise the events that took place on December 16 2014. They have rejected the report saying that they were expecting more than what has been stated in the report.
Express Tribune quoted the parents as saying that they wanted to ‘fix responsibility’ on those in-charge of security and intelligence — not the personnel deployed at the gate.

They also expressed the concern that no effort has been made to hold those responsible for the security lapse accountable and no retribution was offered. The 3,000-page document comprised statements of 132 individuals including security officers.

Aurangzeb, father of one of the slain children, claimed that his son was still alive when he went to see him after the attack and had told him about the events that unfolded that fateful day. He also said that he had recorded his son’s statement, which the commission also filed in its report. The slain child’s father believes that the testaments were enough for the commission to come up with evidence and identify those at the helm of affairs, but it did not happen.
A relative of another martyr Abdul Wahid Qadri has been quoted by Express Tribune as saying that the report does not give a closure because it merely compiled the statements and accounts of the parents. “We already knew what the report says as this is our own story,” he said.

Qadri added that the commission was supposed to bring to justice those whose criminal failure led to the carnage, but it failed to do so.

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