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After two-month fight, APS student succumbs to injuries

Updated February 21, 2015


Forensic expert shows the bullet shells fired by TTP during their attack on Army Public School. — INP/File
Forensic expert shows the bullet shells fired by TTP during their attack on Army Public School. — INP/File

PESHAWAR: A 10th grade student of Peshawar's Army Public School (APS) succumbed to his injuries at the Combined Military Hospital on Saturday.

The student, Ishaq Ameen was shot in the head and face during the deadly attack on the Peshawar school on December 16, and had been in critical condition since, his brother Waqar said.

The death toll of the carnage now stands at 144, with 132 students among the dead, the Deputy Commissioner's office said.

The attack which was claimed by the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) proved to be the deadliest terrorist attack in the country.

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According to a senior security official, nine militants wearing paramilitary uniforms had scaled the rear wall of the school on Warsak Road with the aid of ladders, cut the barbed wire at the top of the wall and then ran onto the school premises firing their weapons and throwing grenades in several directions.

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“There were nine of them. Six of them were suicide bombers; they blew themselves up and the others were taken down by soldiers of the Special Services Group,” the official had said.

Most of the victim students received bullets in the head and they were targeted from a point blank range by the attackers, according to the students and a minister.

“I saw 17 bodies at the CMH and all of them had received bullets in the head,” said a journalist who was covering the incident. He had said that some of the bodies were mutilated.

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Ten children and a teacher injured in the Army Public School attack in Peshawar had landed in Karachi on Wednesday to seek further treatment at Aga Khan University Hospital in Karachi.

The decision to bring them to the port city was taken by the Shuhada-o-Ghazi Forum, a representative body of the parents of those who lost their lives in the school attack, to send 35 children to the Karachi for treatment.

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After losing his son in the APS carnage, Mr Ali decided to create the forum comprising the grieving parents who he said wanted to take the situation in their control.

Speaking to Dawn, Mr Ali said the children and teachers would receive treatment at the orthopaedic and neurosurgery wards including plastic surgery needed for some students.

“Some students still have bullets in their bodies, some teachers still complain of feeling splinters in their back and hip bone, others need immediate neurosurgery as the required time to carry out such a surgery is running out,” he had said.

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The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government, he recalled, had announced on Feb 5 that the families of the injured would receive Rs1,500,000 for further treatment. “But we haven’t heard from them since then. At the same time, we don’t have time to wait for these promises to materialise, as some of these students need immediate help,” he added.

Shuhada-o-Ghazi Forum to lodge FIR against Nawaz Sharif, Pervez Khattak

The Shuhada-o-Ghazi forum announced on Saturday that a First Information Report (FIR) will be lodged against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak, over their negligence in treatment for injured APS students.

Shortly after the death of Ishaq Ameen, Shuhada forum spokesman Ajoon Khan told media representatives that the wounded were not being treated properly which is why they are succumbing to the injuries.

"Why is the government not making arrangements to take our injured children abroad for treatment?" questioned Khan.

The spokesman said that a legal board is being constituted for drafting an FIR against the premier and KP chief minister.