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Publication of APS attack inquiry report demanded

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Islamabad January 1, 2016: PPP Senator Farhatullah Babar today demanded publication of inquiry report in the attack on Army Public School in Peshawar in December last year, as well the inquiry reports in the killings of journalist Saleem Shazad and Hayatullah, the Bannu jail break liberating dozens of dangerous militants, the attack on Hamid Mir, the Kargil debacle and the May 2011 OBL fiasco of Abbottabad.


Taking part in the debate on an adjournment motion he urged that the issue of publication of APS attack inquiry report be referred to the senate standing committee on defence to make recommendations for away forward.


He said the veil of secrecy must be lifted and the APS inquiry reports made public so as to get to know the masterminds, the perpetrators, what went wrong and where and more importantly how to address the fatal shortcomings.


The families of the martyred children in particular and the people in general will continue to twist and turn till they were provided some details and no amount of compensation to them will satisfy them, he said.


Meanwhile during question hour the government disclosed that toll plazas on all motorways in the country had been let out to Frontier Works Organization (FWO) while toll plazas on the GT road had been let out to private contractors through a bidding process.


This was stated by the minister for parliamentary affairs in reply to a supplementary question by Senator Farhatullah Babar who asked for details about toll plaza rented out to the FWO and its terms and conditions. The minister for parliamentary affairs simply stated that the toll collection on motorways had been entrusted to FWO “under an arrangement”.


Later talking to the media senator Farhatullah Babar said that doling out of lucrative contracts ‘under undisclosed arrangements to FWO was an important issue. On the one hand it involves the desirability of security establishment’s involvement in industrial, business and real estate activities and the shrinking space of the civilian private sector in economic development on the other.


He said that the issue will be agitated through other appropriate parliamentary instruments.


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