Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry on Wednesday said the Peshawar APS tragedy was above any individual and was a source of pain for every citizen of the country.
Speaking to the media outside the Supreme Court, after accompanying Prime Minister Imran Khan to the APS suo motu hearing, the information minister said that the incumbent government could "have very easily blamed our rival, PML-N, as they were in power at that time", but some matters "require national unity".
“Today, the SC has given four weeks to submit a report,” he said. “The main handlers have already been eliminated. The Supreme Court has ordered to determine the individuals who bear the moral responsibility.”
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He added that all the political parties had put their differences aside on the matter and constituted the National Action Plan (NAP) after a prolonged discussion.
“This was the time when the judges were not taking any decision and military courts had to be formed. Such was the delicacy of the situation,” the minister said further.
Referring to intelligence failures, the information minister said 9/11 was also a failure by the intelligence failure for teh US authorities. "Seven terrorists were hiding in a hotel that was right in front of the White House for three months and no one knew about it," he said.
“Intelligence failures do occur. We have almost eliminated terrorism from Pakistan,” the minister stated and added that the ratio of terror incidents was very low during PTI’s three years in power.
“The credit goes to the National Action Plan, the armed forces, the security agencies and the Parliament for the role it played unanimously.”
Fawad further said that Pakistan went through a very difficult time during the fall of Kabul. “Imagine if some other country had to go through such an event”.
Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid, flanking the information minister, said the decision of the Supreme Court applies to everyone.
“Its decisions also apply to the government and the prime minister, so whatever the Supreme Court says, the PM will adhere to it as the Supreme Court is also a part of democracy,” he said. “There is no danger. PM Imran would complete his term.”