Survival of APS incident needs special attention

Jamal Safi
“The time had stop for me after that the horrific attacked on our school, still the memories of the tragic incident has been evolving in my mind whenever I saw the school students”.
Tufail Tariq, a student of class seventh of Army Public School (APS) Peshawar when terrorists stormed the school and in the shocking incident he also lost his two brother namely Shamowail and Nangyal.
While reminding the incident, Tufail Tariq told The Pukhtun Nama that it’s been hard for me to continue my study after the incident. “I had tried to continue my studies for one year but couldn’t forget the scene when the terrorists opened indiscriminate firing on the innocent children and teachers” he said.
It is to be reminded that the terrorists attacked the Army Public School (APS) on December16, 2014 in which 149 people had been martyred including 132 innocent school students.
Reminding the unforgettable day of APS attack, Tufail said that two days before the massacre the Frontier Corps (FC) had launched rehearsal to train the students in case of any terrorist attack so when the first blast was heard we considered that it is the routine exercise from the FC but after a moment the hall door was broken by the attackers and started straight firing on students.
“I along with my classmates escape from the back door of auditorium and reached home but one of my neighbor told me that he saw my brother Shamowail injured in Lady Reading Hospital (LRH)”.
Though we received the dead bodies of Shamowail from LRH and Nangyal from Combined Military Hospital (CMH) Peshawar, he said with teary eyes.
“I lost my two brothers in the incident and it seems that the happiness of our family had also gone with them”, Tariq lamented.
Another brother of Tufail Tariq, namely Sohail Tariq son of Tariq Jan told The Frontier Post that he was the student of fifth standard in APS Peshawar but after that incident I left my studies due to mental trauma.
Tariq Jan, father of Tufail and Sohail and two martyred sons Shamowail and Nangyal said that the APS had destroyed my family as I lost two of my sons and the remaining two are still mentally weak to resume their studies because of the incident.
Regarding the inquiry of the APS attack, Tariq Jan asked the government to complete the inquiry of the terrorists attack and made the judicial commission report public as soon as possible.
In an interview with Fazal Khan a lawyer and victim, who lose his son in APS attack said that judicial commission was formed by the Supreme Court of Pakistan (SCP) on May 9, 2018 and directed the commission to complete the investigation of the APS incident within two months.
Khan added that the family of martyred students approached to Supreme Court of Pakistan on October 5, 2018 however after one and a half year had gone still judicial commission had failed to complete the investigation.
Tufail Tariq, while showing his love and desire to continue study said that the crowded place especially the school environment reminded me the whole incident of December 16, 2014 incident and it stopping me for fulfilling my dream of becoming a well-educated citizen.