ISLAMABAD: The voices for judicial inquiry into the terrorist attacks on Army Public School Peshawar and Bacha Khan University Charasda get louder as political parties demand that the real culprits be exposed.

As Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has already demanded of the government to order judicial inquiry into the terrorist attacks on two educational institutions in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the Awami National Party (ANP) Sunday protested the potential move of KP government to punish Vice Chancellor of BKU for security negligence.

“We demand formation of judicial inquiry to probe the two terrorist attacks. The victim families and masses want to know who has committed the negligence. A vice chancellor should not be made a scapegoat for the criminal negligence committed by someone else,” central secretary information ANP and former Senator Zahid Khan told reporters yesterday.

A fact-finding committee set up by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government to conduct an inquiry into the Bacha Khan University attack has called for the removal of the university's vice chancellor and security in-charge.

Afrasiab Khattak, former Senator and senior ANP leader told The Nation that the inquiry committee established by the KP government consisted of officers who deserved to be sacked first regretting that the officers were members of the fact-finding committee instead.

He said a judicial inquiry must probe the two tragic incidents so that the real culprits and those guilty of security lapses should be exposed. “It is sad that the government has not yet given a go-ahead for an impartial probe into the two major terrorist attacks,” he said.

Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah too has recently called upon the government to order judicial inquiry into the militant attacks on Bacha Khan University and Peshawar’s Army Public School (APS).

He argued that since Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan had clearly told the Parliament that implementation of National Action Plan (NAP) was not his responsibility, therefore, a judicial inquiry will be an independent forum to fix the responsibility. ANP’s Zahid Khan came down hard on the KP government’s move to collect fee from students to provide them security. “I view this move as extortion money on part of PTI’s government. We reject it,” he said.

He said the KP government should quit if it has failed to provide security to students adding that his party will continue to demand judicial probe into the two bloody terrorist assaults on two educational institutions in the province.

Mr Khan said that PTI’s head Imran Khan had staged a 126-day long sit-in demanding judicial commission to probe electoral rigging but was keeping mum on inquiring the two terrorist attacks through judiciary.

He raised eye brows over the fact-finding committee constituted by the KP government to probe the attack on Bacha Khan University. “The Regional Police Officer Mardan who should have been sacked by now has been tasked to point out negligent officer. And he aimed the gun at vice chancellor. This is a joke,” the ANP leader said. Senator Hasil Bizinjo, head of National Party, told The Nation on phone yesterday that authorities were involved in a blame game over the APS and BKU terrorist assaults adding that there must be an independent body to probe the two tragic events.

He said that alerts had been issued by security agencies about possible terrorist attacks on the pattern of the attack on APS Peshawar but even then BKU was made another horrible history. “There must be a judicial commission to point out flaws in the security,” he said. It is to be mentioned here that the parents of victims killed in APS Peshawar has been demanding judicial inquiry into the tragic incident, however, their cried has have fallen on deaf ears.

Pictures of students and teachers wielding assault rifles for their security have been circulating on social media what the opposition parties deem as failure of the state to provide security to the masses.