PM Imran Khan summoned by Supreme Court in APS attack case

Nov 10, 2021: The Supreme Court of Pakistan today summoned Prime Minister Imran Khan in the Army Public School (APS) massacre case.

A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed is hearing the case.

On December 16, 2014, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militants stormed an Army Public School in Peshawar and shot dead more than 140 people, most of them schoolchildren. The case was heard today during which the Supreme Court summoned the Prime Minister in person at 11:30 am to appear before the bench.

During the last hearing of the case, the parents of the children who were martyred in the terrorist attack in 2014 had complained to the court that they had lost their children in this incident, therefore the Supreme Court summoned the top civil and military leadership of the country.

The parents of the victims had also demanded a transparent inquiry into the incident from the Supreme Court. The court had asked the attorney general to review the situation and take necessary action – whether it be an investigation or register cases against those responsible – and inform the court.

When the hearing resumed today, the court sought an update from the attorney general, to which he replied that an FIR could not be registered against the top leadership.

The bench angrily told the public prosecutor that the incident was a result of a “security breach” that the government should acknowledge, adding that senior civilian and military leaders at the time were aware of the attack.  The Chief Justice further remarked that Pakistan’s agencies and institutions have access to all kinds of information but when it comes to public safety, “our security agencies fail”.

Justice Ejaz-ul-Ahsan said that the massacre of APS took place in response to Operation Zarb-e-Azb, state institutions should have taken effective measures against it.

During the hearing, the attorney general asked the court for time to seek directions from the prime minister and other officials so that they could respond to the court.

However, the bench said that this is a very serious matter and it will summon the Prime Minister and hold him accountable. The attorney general had asked the prime minister for more time to appear in court.

However, the bench expressed frustration over his request and said that the parents of the victims of APS massacre were also in the court. The case will resume at 11:30 am.

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