Make APS attack enquiry report public, PPP tells govt

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The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) on Friday demanded that the government publish the enquiry report of the attack on Army Public School in Peshawar.

Speaking during the Senate session, PPP Senator Farhatullah Babar stressed that the issue of the publication of APS attack enquiry report should be referred to the Senate Standing Committee on Defence for it to make recommendations for finding a way forward.

Babar further demanded that the enquiry reports into the killing of journalists Saleem Shazad and Hayatullah, attack on Hamid Mir, Bannu jailbreak, Kargil war and the May 2011 raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad should also be made public.

The PPP senator said the veil of secrecy must be lifted and the APS enquiry report should be made public so that the entire nation could know what went wrong and where, and more importantly how to address the fatal shortcomings.

The families of the deceased children in particular, and the people in general, will continue to complain until they are provided with the exact details, he added. “No amount of compensation will satisfy them,” he maintained.

Parents of the students killed by terrorists in the Army Public School attack have repeatedly complained that the federal government is yet to hold a judicial enquiry into the killings and support the families of the slain school staff members.

The parents said they had been keeping the APS attack alive so that they could pressure the government to take steps for the safety of other children.

They said they wanted a fair judicial enquiry into the attack so that those responsible for negligence could be punished.