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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.

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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.

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Vow To Hold Peace Talks With India: Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan

Since taking power in August Khan has also sought loans from allies such as China and Saudi Arabia, promised to recover funds stolen by corrupt officials

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Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan prepares to speak at the opening of the Future Investment Initiative conference, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. VOA

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan Tuesday vowed to hold peace talks with arch-rival India following elections in the neighbouring country, after a similar offer from the former cricketer was “rebuffed.”

Khan made the announcement during a speech at a Saudi Arabian investment conference where the newly minted leader launched a charm offensive targeting potential investors as Pakistan seeks to secure funds amid a yawning balance of payment crisis.

“When I won the elections and came to power the first thing I tried to do was extend a hand of peace to India,” Khan told the crowd at the Future Investment Initiative (FII) in Riyadh, saying the overture was later “rebuffed” by Delhi.

“Now what we are hoping is that we wait until the elections then again we will resume our peace talks with India,” he added, referring to upcoming nationwide polls scheduled to take place by mid-May.

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In September India pulled the plug on a rare meeting between its foreign minister and her Pakistani counterpart on the sidelines of a UN summit — a move that was termed “arrogant” by Khan and unleashed a barrage of insults from both sides.

India has long accused Pakistan of backing militants in Kashmir, a Himalayan territory divided between the two countries but claimed in full by both since independence in 1947.

Delhi has stationed about 500,000 soldiers in the portion of Kashmir it controls, where separatist groups demand independence or a merger with Pakistan.

Khan’s call for peace talks comes as his administration is desperately seeking funds from “friendly” countries, including Saudi Arabia, to shore up Pakistan’s deteriorating finances.

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Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, surrounded by host country representatives and other participants, attends an investment conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. VOA

The prime minister’s attendance at the FII comes as leading policy-makers and corporate chiefs shunned the conference in response to the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

During his address at the FII Khan confirmed that Pakistan was also in talks with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) over a new bailout.

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Since taking power in August Khan has also sought loans from allies such as China and Saudi Arabia, promised to recover funds stolen by corrupt officials, and embarked on a series of high-profile populist austerity measures.

But help has been in short supply and economists’ warnings have grown increasingly urgent. (VOA)