Supreme Court to hear Army Public School attack case on August 4

The Supreme Court of Pakistan (SC) has announced to hear Army Public School (APS) attack case on August 4.

The APS case will be heard by two-member bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Gulzar Ahmed, whereas a notice has already been sent to attorney general to apprise him of the development.

The development comes as earlier, a judicial commission report on 2014 APS attack was submitted in SC on July 9th after Peshawar High Court (PHC) had formed a single-member commission under Justice Mohammad Ibrahim Khan on Oct 12, 2018 on the directions of Supreme Court.

The commission formulated and submitted a 3,000-page report which included recorded statements of 101 witnesses, 31 police officers along with then Peshawar corps commander, Lt-Gen Hidayatur Rehman, the then chairman of Army Public Educational Institutions board of governors Brigadier Mudassir Azam, Brigadier Inayatullah of 102 Brigade, HQ-11 Corps, Major Doctor Asim Shehzad of the Army Medical Corps, and secretary of the BoG Colonel Hazrat Bilal and members of various other law enforcement agencies.

 It is to be noted that parents of children martyred in 2014 APS attack had urged SC to order an inquiry into the incident that saw 149 pupils and school staff being martyred by Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

Children’s parents had contended that why essential and effective precautions were not ensured and undertaken after National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA) had already warned of imminent threat to army’s educational institutions by TTP.