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Pakistan Supreme Court grills PM Imran Khan in 2014 Peshawar Army college bloodbath case

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The court docket took the Imran Khan authorities to process for holding talks with Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan

Imran Khan on Wednesday confronted a barrage of questions at a listening to of the 2014 terror assault on an Army-run college throughout which the Supreme Court bench requested the Pakistan Prime Minister why he was negotiating with the culprits of the bloodbath of almost 150 folks, principally college students.

The apex court docket gave a month-long deadline to the federal government to find out the accountability for safety failure within the horrific assault wherein 147 folks, 132 of them youngsters, have been killed when Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militants stormed the Army Public School (APS) in Peshawar.

The three-judge bench – headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Gulzar Ahmed, and comprising Justice Qazi Mohammad Amin Ahmed and Justice Ijazul Ahsan – had summoned Mr. Khan.

The court docket requested Mr. Khan in regards to the motion taken after a particular fee in its probe introduced to the court docket final yr reported that safety failure was accountable for the assault.

“The satisfaction of the parents [who lost their children in the APS attack] is necessary,” stated Justice Ahsan addressing the premier.

The court docket additionally took the federal government to process for holding talks with the TTP as a substitute of taking any motion in opposition to these accountable for safety failure.

 

“If the government was going to sign on a document of defeat with those who killed these children…Are we going to surrender once again?” Justice Amin requested the premier.

The authorities is in talks with the TTP over a “reconciliation process”, with Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry having introduced on Monday {that a} “complete ceasefire” had been reached with the banned outfit.

“You are in power. The government is also yours. What did you do? You brought those guilty to the negotiating table,” Chief Justice Ahmed instructed Mr. Khan.

Khan’s response angers court docket

Mr. Khan in his response stated that on the time of the assault his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf social gathering was ruling in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and it might solely present materials compensation which it did by giving financial help to the victims’ households.

The response angered the court docket and the Chief Justice remarked that the premier was rubbing salt on the injuries of the victims.

“Parents are asking where was the security system [that day]? Despite our comprehensive orders, nothing was done,” he was quoted as saying by the Dawn newspaper.

Mr. Khan then stated that his authorities would take motion in opposition to anybody if tasked by the court docket.

“There is no holy cow and action will be taken against any person in the light of court orders,” he stated.

Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry instructed the media after listening to that the court docket set a four-week deadline for individuals who had an ethical accountability to cease the assault however failed to take action and the federal government would observe the directives.

Mr. Khan assured the bench that the federal government will fulfil the necessities of justice. The apex court docket, in flip, directed the Prime Minister to make sure the implementation of its October 20 verdict.

The Prime Minister instructed the bench that he had met the mother and father of the deceased youngsters earlier than, including that he would proceed to do it sooner or later.

“Find out why 80,000 people were killed. Also, find out who is responsible for 480 drone attacks taking place in Pakistan,” Mr. Khan was quoted as saying by Geo News.

“Finding out about these things is your job, you are the Prime Minister. As the Prime Minister, you should have the answer to these questions…You are the Prime Minister, you should have answers,” the Chief Justice responded.

Mr. Khan instructed the Supreme Court judges that they will represent a high-level fee on the APS tragedy.

“We have already formed a commission and it has issued a report as well. Our order of October 20 states clearly that the government should find out who is responsible for the massacre and take action against them,” responded the Chief Justice.

The Chief Justice reminded the Prime Minister that seven years had handed because the tragedy came about.

Parents search motion in opposition to prime officers

During the final listening to, the Supreme Court bench had directed the Attorney General to tell the court docket in regards to the steps taken by the federal government to redress the grievances of the mother and father of kids martyred within the assault on APS on December 16, 2014.

In Wednesday’s listening to, the Chief Justice requested Attorney General (AG) Khalid Jawed Khan whether or not the Prime Minister had learn the court docket’s order wherein he had directed the AG to take motion on the complaints of the victims’ mother and father.

The AG knowledgeable the court docket that the order had not been despatched to the premier, including that he would inform Prime Minister Khan about it.

“Is this the level of seriousness?” the Chief Justice requested. “Call the Prime Minister, we will talk to him ourselves. This cannot go on,” he added.

Prime Minister Khan was accordingly knowledgeable in regards to the court docket summon who appeared in due time to face an indignant bench that grilled him for doing nothing to pacify the households of the victims.

The Attorney General, on behalf of the federal government, stated that “we accept all our mistakes”.

Earlier, the court docket whereas listening to the Peshawar assault expressed displeasure on the response of the federal government to take motion and fulfill the mother and father of the youngsters who misplaced their lives.

The court docket on earlier listening to on October 20 had famous that the moms of the victims had sought motion in opposition to the then-army chief General Raheel Sharif, former inside minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, former chief minister Pervez Khattak, former corps commander Peshawar Hidayatur Rehman, former DG ISI Lt Gen Zaheerul Islam, former secretary inside Islamabad Akhtar Ali Shah.

The mother and father had demanded the registration of an FIR in opposition to these civilian and army officers who, they consider, have been accountable for safety measures on the college, on the final listening to, the Dawn newspaper reported.

During the proceedings on Wednesday, the Attorney General stated, “FIR could not be registered against higher-ups.” “Where do the intelligence [agencies] disappear when it comes to the protection of their own citizens? “Was a case registered in opposition to the previous military chief and others accountable?” the Chief Justice asked.

The Attorney General replied that the inquiry report did not find anything related to the former army chief and former director-general of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).

At this, the Chief Justice remarked, “There is such an enormous intelligence system within the nation. Billions of rupees are spent on it. There can also be a declare that we’re one of the best intelligence company on the earth. So a lot is being spent on intelligence however the outcomes are zero.”

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