Thursday was quite busy for Pakistani media; army chief delivered warning to Modi and RAW while speaking in Gilgit, ISPR head was busy addressing hours long press conference making tall claims of elimination of Daesh in Pakistan, and Prime Minister was declaring in Gwadar finishing off terrorism in the country, only its tail to be crushed. While all this was happening, TV screens were flashing with breaking news and tickers from Gilgit, Pindi and Gwadar, a group of dejected people was trying to enter the Islamabad’ red zone.
These unfortunate souls were parents of some of the APS-Peshawar students who were gunned down in cold blood on Dec. 16 morning in 2014. Authorities in Islamabad and Pindi always wonder what’s wrong with these people, why they come on streets every now and then? What are their demands so far not fulfilled — several enquiries were conducted, massacre master minds and their comrades have been killed several times in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Why these restless souls don’t get just satisfied and move along with their lives?
Who in Pakistan can tell these authorities that such in-house enquiries are of no value which are generally conducted to ensure an official cover-up? Thousands of name-less terrorists have been killed during the Operation Zarb-i-Azb; why don’t they believe that APS murderers have also gone? Why they keep insisting on conducting a judicial enquiry and fixing the responsibility of security failures? Don’t they know what happens with judicial enquiries and commissions’ reports in Pakistan; they are never made public or left on shelves to eat dust. Some of the parents believe that by punishing those responsible for security failures and lapses, such incidents would not take place in future. How come they think there is room for introspection and accountability?
Not more than 100 people, men and women, spent whole Thursday under the ‘protection’ cover of hundreds of LEA men, were not permitted to reach the Parliament House. Day went along, parents returned to Peshawar further distressed and frustrated, vowing to come back again. On the boycott of this ‘surrounded’ protest by our so-called over-vibrant electronic and print media — I think of someone who once said those who can’t be criticised are our real rulers.
— Jubail, Saudi Arabia