Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) led government had promised to compensate the Agriculture Training Institute (ATI) victims’ families on par with the Army Public School martyrs and injured.
On December 1, 2017 three terrorists dressed in burqas stormed the Agriculture Training Institute (ATI) hostel located on main University Road Peshawar. As a result, 9 people were killed and above 30 other were injured.
However, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak on December 6, 2017 announced to compensate the ATI Peshawar victim families on par with the Shuhada and injured of Army Public Schools Peshawar.
Around 144 people mostly students were killed and nearly 150 were injured in APS tragedy on December 16, 2014. According to provincial government statement Rs 2 million compensation was given to each martyred student’s family while Rs 0.4 million were awarded to seriously injured and Rs 0.2 million to minor injured student and staff members.
However, the ATI Peshawar victims’ families have not received a single penny from either federal or provincial government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Information, Shah Farman, confirmed that on December 6, 2017, Chief Minister Pervez Khattak had approved compensation to Shuhada and injured of the terrorist attack at Agriculture Training Institute Peshawar.
He said that under the existing policy and standing procedure of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government the martyred and injured people families would be compensated. He said that the summary not only approved the compensation for the ATI victim families but also indicated that the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Communication and Works Department would prepare cost estimation for the renovation of the ATI Peshawar building.
Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) MPA Amina Sardar criticized provincial government for lack of compensation to the ATI Peshawar victims’ families. She said that with this reparation government cannot return their beloved but at least these sums would provide financial support the victim families. She revealed that not only ATI victims’ families, but several other such victims’ families in KP are waiting for the government’s solatium. Sardar demanded the provincial government to immediately release funds to compensate these suffering family members of the martyred and injured people.
Agriculture Training Institute Peshawar Principal Kamal Ud Din Khattak talking to Truth Tracker said that both federal and provincial government have failed to compensate the victims’ families and the family members contacted them regularly and ask about the status of compensation.
He said that the institute will resume on February 6 and also directed the students and officials to strictly follow the official timings. The principal showed disappointment from both federal and provincial government for not compensating the victims’ families so far. He demanded the government to compensate the victims’ families as soon as possible for their financial support as most of them are very poor families.
The principal also shared that on January 24 the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Account General Office informed him that very soon the amount would be released but so far it not confirmed that when they would compensate the victims’ families.
One victim’s family member Rahim Shah said that his cousin Ahmad Shah had been martyred in the ATI incident and he belonged to a very poor family. He said that his father worked as a farmer in Bannu while Ahmad was his elder son. He said that government has promised to compensate the victim like APS martyrs but no one asked after Ahmad family so far. He pleaded with the government to fulfill their promise and compensate these victims’ families since most of them are shocked at the tragedy and the sudden loss is too heavy a burden to carry.
The KP PTI government has failed to fulfill their promise and compensate the ATI tragedy victim’s families.