CJP orders to form judicial commission to probe APS tragedy


PESHAWAR: Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar on Wednesday ordered a probe against a deadly terrorist attack on Peshawar Army Public School in 2014, through a judicial commission.

The chief justice ordered constitution of the judicial commission during the hearing of a petition at the top court’s Peshawar Registry, which was already submitted by a group of parents of the children killed in the deadly terrorist attack on December 16, 2014. The commission, according to Chief Justice of Pakistan will be headed by a judge of Peshawar High Court.

The chief justice also ordered that the commission should probe and file its findings within two months.

Advocate Fazal Khan, who is heading a group of affected parents, when contacted said that the CJP had ordered a probe through sessions judge earlier but he made an objection pleading that it was an important case and should be probed through a high-level commission comprising several judges. The court, however, rejected his plea, ordering probe through a single-member commission.

Fazal Khan showed disappointment over the constitution of a single-member commission saying, “involvement/failure of influential and effective state organs are alleged in APS incident, and therefore, it must be probed through a high-powered judicial commission.”  He said that now they will have to wait for the findings of the commission, but are determined to continue their struggle till exposure of culprits and awarding of exemplary punishment to them.

Meanwhile, the chief justice also ordered to remove two military check posts at two different places in Peshawar.