Presently, the Khan authorities has been looking for reconciliation with the Tehreek Taliban Pakistan (TTP), an umbrella organisation of a number of terror factions, which had accepted accountability for the assault on the college on December 16, 2014. The assault had prompted Pakistan’s civilian and army leaders to behave towards the terrorists primarily based within the unstable tribal areas bordering Afghanistan.
The army offensive towards terrorists within the tribal belt was a part of a 20-point Nationwide Motion Plan (NAP), a safety plan introduced by ex-PM Nawaz Sharif to defeat what many had come to consider existential menace to Pakistan.
The army assault had pressured the terrorists to cross into Afghanistan, the place they regrouped and began focusing on Pakistan with deadly suicide bombings.
Following the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan in mid-August this yr, Pakistan, via the Haqqani Community, an ally of the Afghan Taliban, had began consultations with TTP within the war-battered nation. Final week, the group had cancelled a month-long ceasefire that it had unilaterally introduced on November 9.
Since TTP has introduced an finish to truce, Islamabad has but to substantiate whether or not its dialogue with TTP was nonetheless intact or halted.
“What proper does the federal government have to carry negotiations with TTP when it’s our youngsters who had been killed within the APS assault,” requested Muhamad Amin, father of a slain child. Ishaq Amin, Amin’s elder son, was killed within the assault whereas his youthful son Amir Amin, who was critically injured, is but to get well from the shock and trauma that he went via.
“Who’re they to pardon the killers of our youngsters,” requested Shahana Khan. Her 15-year-old son Asmat was one of many victims of the APS assault. “I’ve seen the bullet-riddled physique of my son. They (PM Khan and his authorities) ought to really feel ashamed for his or her provide of common amnesty to terrorists,” she stated, asking the Supreme Courtroom to cease the federal government from granting amnesty to killers of their children.
In a message to mark the APS anniversary, PM Khan claimed the nation has “efficiently defeated terrorism” and vowed to by no means “let down the survivors and oldsters” of these martyred within the tragic incident.
Chief of the Opposition within the Nationwide Meeting Shehbaz Sharif referred to as it a painful day for the nation and requested: “Have we discovered any classes and corrected our course?”
Expressing concern over non-implementation of NAP, Pakistan Folks’s Get together chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari stated December 16 will at all times stay a painful day for the nation. “The nation nonetheless feels the ache of this nice tragedy. Everybody continues to be ready for justice to be served to the harmless souls,” he added.