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Islamabad, Nov 10 : Pakistan Prime Minister on Wednesday said a National Action Plan was introduced after 2014 Army Public School (APS) massacre and there is “no holy cow” here.
The PM had appeared before the SC after he was summoned earlier in the day by Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed in the APS massacre wherein over 140 people were killed, including 132 schoolchildren.
On December 16, 2014, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militants had stormed into the school in Peshawar, wherein over 140 people, including 132 children, were killed.
Parents of slain children had urged the apex court to demand answer from the top political and military brass in the incident.
Speaking on the matter, Khan said his party was in power in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa when the massacre took place.
He further said he had met the parents of the slained children when the incident took place but did not speak to them properly at that time.
The CJP said, “Parents are asking where was the security system [that day]? Despite our comprehensive orders, nothing was done.”
Khan replied that a National Action Plan was introduced after the APS massacre, adding that there is “no holy cow” in Pakistan, Geo TV reported.
He said, “There is no sacred cow in the country and I believe in the supremacy of the law…We won the war against terrorism. Here were bomb blasts taking place at the time every single day.”
Replying to the SC’s order to ensure implementation of its Octber 20 verdict, the PM said, “Hold on for a minute, judge sahab. Allah will give patience to the parents of the schoolchildren, what more could the government have done apart from giving compensation?”
Chief Justice Ahmed reminded the PM that seven years have passed since the massacre shook the country.
Geo TV quoted Justice Amin as telling the PM that he had now brought the culprits [TTP] of the massacre to the negotiating table.
“Are we about to sign a surrender document once again?” he asked.
According to a report by Geo TV, a hearing of the case took place on Wednesday morning during which the apex court summoned the prime minister to appear before the bench when the hearing resumes at 11:30am, in his personal capacity.
CJP Ahmed asked Attorney General Khalid Jawed Khan whether Imran Khan has read the court’s order wherein he had ordered the AG to take action on the complaints filed by the victims’ parents.
“The AG has been put on notice on the complaints and asked to take action, as required by the law, and if those who have been named are found guilty of negligence in the performance of their duties, necessary measures should be taken,” the order dictated said.
The AG responded by saying he will inform the PM about it.
“Is this the level of seriousness? Call the prime minister, we will talk to him ourselves. This cannot go on,” the CJP told AG.
The parents of slain children had urged the apex court to demand answer from the top political and military brass in the incident.
However, the AG said “no FIR could not be registered against higher-ups”.
Slamming the intelligence agencies over the 2014 attack, the CJP said, “Where do the intelligence [agencies] disappear when it comes to the protection of their own citizens? Was a case registered against the former army chief and others responsible?”
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), Dawn reported.
“There is such a huge intelligence system in the country. Billions of rupees are spent on it. There is also a claim that we are the best intelligence agency in the world. So much is being spent on intelligence but the results are zero,” CJP Ahmed responded.