Parents of victims of Army Public School (APS) in Peshawar the other day staged a protest in Islamabad in a bid to press the federal government for a judicial inquiry into the December 2014 terrorist attack.
At least 150 people mostly schoolchildren were killed when Taliban gunmen stormed APS. The attack, one of the deadliest in the country’s history, led to a nationwide crackdown on militants across Pakistan under the National Action Plan (NAP).
Some families of the victims insist that the government order a judicial inquiry into the attack.
After a series of protests in Peshawar over the last one a half year, dozens of families of the victims converged on Islamabad and called for a meeting with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
Islamabad administration tried to persuade the demonstrators to end their protest, but they refused to budge and threatened to move to Red Zone.
This prompted State Minister Tariq Fazal Chaudhry to reach the venue and assure the protestors that he would arrange their meeting with the prime minister.
Speaking on this occasion, representatives of the APS victims said that they were forced to come to Islamabad after their demands were not heard by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa authorities.
The protesters eventually called off their protest.