SUPREME COURT ORDERS GOVT. TAKE ACTION AGAINST APS CASE OFFICIALS

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Islamabad: The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered the federal government to take action against officials who showed negligence in the Army Public School tragedy. The court also directed PM Khan to submit a report in this regard within four weeks.

Earlier, the Supreme Court of Pakistan summoned Prime Minister Imran Khan in the Army Public School (APS) case. A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed heard the case.

The apex court summoned the prime minister in his personal capacity to appear before the court at 11:30 am.

Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Gulzar Ahmad said that the court would talk to the prime minister and ask him about the progress in the case. The CJP asked the Attorney General of Pakistan (AGP) if Prime Minister Khan had read the court order. On which the AGP told the court that he did not send the notice to the prime minister.

On this note, the Chief Justice expressed anger at the “non-serious attitude,” and demanded that PM Khan appears before the court in personal capacity by 11:30 am today.

After the summon, PM Khan arrived at the court and Federal Minster Fawad Hussain, along with Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed accompanied him.

The Chief Justice questioned PM Khan regarding the steps taken by the state to provide justice to the parents of the APS martyrs.

PM Khan replied that he was not in power at that time. However, PTI was in power in KP and took all necessary measures.

Justice Ijazul Ahsan said to the premier that he is in power and it was his responsibility to take care of the martyred children’s parents.

Concluding the day’s proceedings, the hearing was adjourned and the premier left the court premises.

The APS case

On Dec 16, 2014, six Taliban terrorists entered APS and martyred nearly 150 people, including more than 130 schoolchildren. The terror organization Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the deadliest attack in Pakistan’s history.

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