Peshawar school attacker a state guest: Pakistan politician

As Pakistan observed the fourth anniversary of a terrorist attack on a school in Peshawar on Sunday, some political leaders blamed the authorities for treating one of the accused in the case as a "state guest". 

 More than 150 people, 137 of them kids, were killed in a gun-and-bomb attack by a squad of suicide bombers of Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), a conglomerate of several militant outfits from Pakistan. 

In a message, PM Imran Khan said the attack on Army Public School had unified the nation against terrorism and that the attack was a blot on humanity.

 President of Awami National Party Asfandyar Wali Khan, the grandson of Frontier Gandhi, however, said the murderer of innocent children is now a state guest while the victims still await justice. 

He was referring to Ehsanullah Ehsan, the former spokesperson of TTP. 

Ehsan had surrendered to the security forces in April 2017 and is currently in custody of law enforcers. 

 He said unless the terrorist sanctuaries are eliminated, peace and progress cannot be ensured in the country. 

"Had the criminals of APS attack been traced and punished, the attacks which followed would have been prevented," he said, adding that terrorists' facilitators were not only roaming across the country armed with weapons but also taking part in national politics.

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