ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Friday ordered the government to make public the inquiry report into the Army Public School (Peshawar) massacre, in which over 150 people mostly children were martyred.
Moreover, the apex court also directed that the reply given by the Centre to the inquiry report must be shared with the people, as a three-member bench conducted the hearing of a suo motu notice taken on the tragic incident.
Appointing Amanullah Kanrani as amicus curiae to assist the court in the matter, the court said that the government should formulate a line of action on the basis of inquiry report with a strict action taken against the responsible persons.
Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Gulzar Ahmed, who was heading the three-member bench, said the country had been facing a dilemma that the lower-level officials were removed in the case of every disaster. “Action is not taken against the higher-level people,” the chief justice remarked.
“Why are you running such a big country and system if the people are not safe,” he observed as further hearing of the case was adjourned for a month. Last month, the Supreme Court had ordered Attorney General Khalid Jawed Khan to get instructions from the federal government regarding the judicial commission report on the terrorist attack.
It had taken suo motu notice on complaints of the parents of the martyred children that the real culprits involved in the gruesome incident on December 16, 2014 had not yet been arrested by the authorities. On Oct 5, 2018, former chief justice Mian Saqib Nisar had constituted the judicial commission and asked Peshawar High Court Chief Justice Waqar Ahmed Seth to nominate a senior judge for the purpose.
Justice Mohammad Ibrahim of the Peshawar High Court had presided over the commission which prepared a 3,000-page report after recording the statements of around 132 people, including 101 witnesses, 31 policemen, army personnel and other officers, as well as the parents of the martyred children.