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Peshawar Army School Terrorist Attack 2014: Parents of deceased students seek Justice

Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan militants killed around 150 people, most of them children, in the attack that drew condemnation from across the world

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  • Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan militants killed around 150 people, most of them children, in the attack that drew condemnation from across the world
  • According to Ajoon Khan, they were assured that a meeting with Sharif would be arranged next week
  • Islamabad’s Additional Deputy Commissioner Abdul Sattar Isani said steps for the grieving parents’ meeting with Sharif will be taken next week

Islamabad, Sept 04, 2016: The parents of those killed in the 2014 Peshawar Army Public School terrorist attack have planned a sit-in here to demand a judicial commission of inquiry and punishment to the officials responsible for the security of the children.

Advocate Ajoon Khan, the father of a student killed in the December 16 attack, was again planning to visit Islamabad along with other parents seeking justice for those killed. The bereaved returned disappointed on September 1 as they failed to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Dawn online reported.

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Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan militants killed around 150 people, most of them children, in the attack that drew condemnation from across the world.

At least 60 family members of the killed students earlier reached Islamabad to meet Sharif, but were stopped by the district administration at the entrance of the Red Zone, Ajoon Khan told Dawn.

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“They told us that a camp was vacant in front of the National Press Club and we should shift there until a meeting is arranged with the Prime Minister the next day,” he said.

“We said we will prefer to stay in front of the Prime Minister House but were again stopped near Zero Point,” he said.

According to Khan, they were assured that a meeting with Sharif would be arranged next week. The parents will again visit to Islamabad on Thursday and hold a sit-in in front of the PM House.

Khan said that instead of taking action against those behind the attack, the government had named a school in Islamabad after his killed son Asfand Khan.

“I don’t want any compensation because it will be like selling the blood of my son. I want justice. We used to pay Rs 500 per month as a security fee for each student as we were told that army officials were providing security to our children. But no one was held responsible after the massacre,” he said.

Islamabad’s Additional Deputy Commissioner Abdul Sattar Isani said steps for the grieving parents’ meeting with Sharif will be taken next week. (IANS)

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  • Arya Sharan

    The Peshawar attack was a grave and disturbing incident and it is sad to see the way justice is still not met by the families who lost their children in it.

  • Arya Sharan

    Peshawar attack was disturbing in itself and the way justice is still not met by the families who lost their people in it, it seems a complete failure of the government.

  • Arya Sharan

    Sad to see that the families who suffered in the grievous terrorist attack of Peshawar have still not met with justice. It looks like a complete failure of governance.

  • Arya Sharan

    The Peshawar attack was a grave and disturbing incident and it is sad to see the way justice is still not met by the families who lost their children in it.

  • Arya Sharan

    Peshawar attack was disturbing in itself and the way justice is still not met by the families who lost their people in it, it seems a complete failure of the government.

  • Arya Sharan

    Sad to see that the families who suffered in the grievous terrorist attack of Peshawar have still not met with justice. It looks like a complete failure of governance.

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American Friends of Balochistan welcomes Trump’s Tough stand on Pak

The American Friends of Balochistan (AFB) issued a statement Monday welcoming Donald Trump's stand on US-Pakistan relations, calling it a vindication of its own stand.

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Washington, D.C.– The American Friends of Balochistan (AFB) Executive Committee issued a statement Monday welcoming the President’s stand on US-Pakistan relations, calling it a vindication of its own stand.

The AFB said President Donald J. Trump has called out Pakistan’s constant bluffs with the US and pointed out a big chunk of American assistance was used against people of Balochistan in a secret, dirty war instead of the Taliban.

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“The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools. They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!,” President Trump first tweet of 2018 reads.

The tweet was loved by nearly quarter-million Americans and retweeted 83,000 times in less than 24 hours.

The AFB executive committee said the US remains Pakistan’s top foreign aid donor, in addition to the money paid in expectation of cooperation in the Global War on Terror. Yet, for many years now, serving officers in the US Armed Forces have repeatedly spoken out about Pakistan’s perfidy in Afghanistan, which has cost the US lives, money and strategic credibility in the world’s eyes. Pakistan also remains a training ground for terrorism and a prime proliferator of nuclear weapons technology.

No country’s development and democracy have suffered more from Pakistan’s interference via state-sponsored terrorism than Afghanistan. US efforts to help the Afghans rebuild their nation are constantly sabotaged by reeling instability. India is another well-known target.

The AFB said Balochistan is a region rich in natural gas. It that has seen several bloody cycles of insurgency ever since Pakistan forcibly annexed the autonomous Baloch state of Kalat in 1948 in violation of a Standstill Agreement. A portion of historical Balochistan also sits on the other side of Pakistan’s border with Iran. Further, it borders Afghanistan to the north-west. Pakistan’s brutal record in this strategically located province that forms the northern lip of the key Straits of Hormuz has spiked in recent years.

“People of Balochistan tried their very best to work with Pakistan’s false promises of integration after forceful accession, but instead gave genocide to Balochs,” said the statement.

The AFB monitors the situation in Balochistan closely and is in touch with freedom and democracy activists on the ground. The AFB reiterated their call to the Pakistani government to cease violating the physical security of Baloch people, their freedom of expression, and end the policy of economic exploitation and genocidal violence.

A slow-motion genocide in Balochistan has claimed the lives of 35,000 Baloch people, 6,000 of whom were buried in mass graves while 21,000 are Victims of Enforced Disappearances, according to the Voice for Baloch Missing Persons. “The enforced disappearances situation in Balochistan is no different than what it used to be in Chile and Argentine in the 1970s and 1980s,” the AFB executive committee noted.

The AFB executive committee chimed in with similar sentiments expressed by policy experts in academe, veteran politicians, diplomats, intelligence chiefs, and human rights activists. Among them were former Afghan President Hamid Karzai, leading South Asia expert and former Pakistani ambassador Hussain Haqqani, several Baloch freedom and human rights activists cutting across party lines, former head of Afghanistan’s Directorate of Security Amrullah Saleh, and even normally fierce critics of President Trump’s administration such as Prof. Christine Fair, Provost’s Distinguished Associate Professor Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service.

The AFB executive committee consists of Jane Eastwood Weisner, Najeeb Khan, Krishna Gudipati, Soumya Chowdhury and Habiba Ashna. The organization was founded by veteran Baloch journalist Ahmar Mustikhan, who is the president.

Hope and doubt have been expressed on whether the US president’s tweet and words will translate into actionable legislation. Mustikhan published a survey of some of these thoughts in an article titled “Wave of joy sweeps across Afghanistan, Balochistan & India over Trump’s first tweet of 2018”.