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Khursheed calls for formation of judicial commission to probe Army public school incident

Says promise made to parents of martyred children has not been delivered so far

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Islamabad: The opposition leader in National Assembly (NA), Syed Khursheed Ahmad Shah, has called for the formation of a judicial commission in the Army Public School massacre case.

“A judicial commission [should] be constituted on Army public school tragedy. If [a] commission can be constituted on [the] death of [female] elephant at Lahore zoo then why it cannot be formed on tragedy of 144 innocent children who were martyred in Army Public School in Peshawar during a suicide attack?” he said while speaking in NA on Wednesday.

“Sobs of parents who lost their beloved ones should be heard and government should fulfil its responsibility,” he added.

“The Army Public school tragedy took place in 2014. I met parents of [the] children who were martyred during Peshawar massacre a day before. I respect their sentiments,” he added.

He was of the view that whole nation had united after Peshawar attack but the promise made to the parents of martyred children had not been made good on yet. “This house demands from [the] government that a judicial commission be constituted for holding inquiry into Army Public school incident that [investigates] what message terrorists wanted to give by martyring 144 innocent children,” he said.

During his meeting with the parents of the Army school victims, they demanded that their voice be represented in Parliament. “And now it’s my responsibility to raise their voice, therefore I as [a] Member of Parliament demand of government to set up a commission for conducting inquiry into incident of Army Public School.”

The Opposition leader went on to say that the government is not serious in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) reforms; Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) didn’t make delay in introducing reforms in Gilgit Baltistan after all.

Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Sajid Rehmat said Karachi is a metropolitan city, but electricity is not being provided to it.

Twenty-seven-hours long load shedding is being observed in several areas of Karachi including Malir. If federal minister cannot rein in K Electric, he should step down, Shah added.