PESHAWAR - Terming carnage at Army Public School (APS) in Peshawar deadlier than 9/11, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan Tuesday announced free treatment of the victims at Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital(SKMCH).

“The injured children will receive treatment abroad, if they cannot be treated at SKH”.

“The government will bear entire cost of the treatment,” he said this while speaking at the Chehlum and Khatm-e-Quran held at Chief Minister’s House for the martyred of APS attack, in which, about 148 people including 132 students were killed on December 16 last.

The participants paid homage to the departed souls and praised the courage of the injured students too.

Prominent among those who attended the Chehlum were PTI Chairman Imran Khan, his wife Reham Khan, Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Sardar Mehtab Khan, Chief Minister Pervez Khattak, provincial minister, parents and well-wishers of the martyred students.

Meanwhile, the Chehlum of the martyred students was observed throughout Khyber Pakhtunkhwa where a public holiday had been declared. Imran Khan paid tributes to the sacrifices of the martyrs and said the nation was feeling proud of them. He expressed solidarity with the bereaved families.

He said that they were passing through a testing time, “I am aware of the parents’ grief and sorrow at this critical stage.”

The PTI would raise voice on every platform to have the demands of the families met, he said.

KP government has announced to give the families of the Army Public School (APS) attack martyrs at least Rs 2 million each.

He said that whole nation got united after APS incident and they now wanted elimination of terrorists.

“There is a big talent and I have seen generosity of this nation too,” he said.

Imran said KP CM had promised him to send injured students abroad on government expenses if their treatment was not possible in Pakistan. He said he would go to perform Umrah along with his wife Reham Khan to Saudi Arabia. He said they would offer dua for the departed souls of martyred students of APS.

KP CM, MINISTER ‘MISBEHAVE’ WITH VICTIMS’ PARENTS

Some of the parents of the martyred students on Tuesday accused the PTI provincial ministers of misbehaving with them when they tried to approach the chief minister to plead for medical aid of their injured sons. They also staged stage a protest outside the Chief Minister House against this rude behaviour of provincial ministers. The parents of the martyrs were invited to the CM House to attend the 40-day memorial ceremony of the Army Public School (APS) massacre.

The parents said that they left the venue after their protest fell on deaf ears of the government officials with one even claiming that he had been pushed by the chief minister. They expressed anger over the misbehaviour of ministers.

The Peshawar attack martyred Haris’s father Muhammad Nawaz told media persons that former provincial minister Shaukat Yousafzai misbehaved with him while Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa pushed him when he tried to approach him after ending the ceremony. Another father of an injured student said, “My son has also been injured and needs treatment. I pleaded to officials but my requests have fallen on deaf ears.” KP Minister for Information Mushtaq Ghani said that they tender his apology if feeling of anyone hurts due to misunderstanding. Shaukat Yousafzai said that he did not misbehave with anyone. “I apologise to Nawaz but I do not say anything that could hurt him,” he clarified.