Pakistanis mark the third anniversary of tragic Army Public School attack in Peshawar that shook the country
Pakistanis observed the third anniversary of the heart-wrenching terrorist attack on Peshawar’s Army Public School (APS) today.
The day started with prayers in mosque across the country whereas vigils, memorials, and prayers were held in every city.
In Peshawar, portraits of the victims were put on display at the school and along the roads of Peshawar to pay tribute to the slain children and their teachers. A memorial of APS martyrs was also inaugurated by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government.
Army Public School & College Peshawar organized an event in memory of the martyrs where the families of the victims were invited and Corps Commander Peshawar, Lt Gen Nazir Ahmed Butt attended as a chief guest.
On 16th December 2014, a group of terrorists stormed the army-controlled school in Peshawar and martyred around 150 people, including more than 130 young students.
Since then December-16 has been considered as one of the blackest days in the history of the country, the wounds of that tragedy are still fresh and the pain is still felt as the entire country struggles to reconcile with the loss, especially the parents of the slain children.
On the anniversary of APS tragedy, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi paid a tribute in his message to the nation. PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said the valiant security forces of Pakistan defeated the terrorists under the National Action Plan and broke their back consequent to their tireless efforts and the blood of the innocent people has come to fruition making the Pakistani nation the only nation across the world that had defeated the terrorists.
Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa said that the sacrifice rendered by martyred Army Public Schools students not gone in vain and the country’s improving peace is owed to them.
According to the military spokesperson, Director General ISPR Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor posted a message of the third anniversary of the APS attack on Twitter, he said:
“Remembering martyrs of APS Peshawar. The great sacrifice of our innocent beloved children & their brave families remains unforgettable. It symbolises our undeterred resolve in love of our motherland. Your sacrifice has not gone in vain, we owe this improving peace to you” COAS. pic.twitter.com/scA8AhU95A
— Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor (@OfficialDGISPR) December 16, 2017
President Mamnoon Hussain prayed for the martyrs of APS and said the nation would always remember the martyrs of APS Peshawar tragedy as they had united the nation with their sacrifices.
President told that it was a day for the nation to reiterate the strong resolve against extremism and terrorism. He said the whole nation recognized the sacrifices of Pakistan Army and other security forces in their successes against terrorism.
Chairman Pakistan Tehreek – e- Insaf, Imran Khan via his official Twitter account paid tribute to APS martyred and innocent students and hoped to protect our future generation from terrorism.
Today as we remember with sorrow the devastating terrorist attack on APS Peshawar that martyred our precious innocent children & their teachers, we must ensure this can never happen again so our future generations can be nurtured safely to follow their dreams
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) December 16, 2017
The government of Pakistan’s official twitter handle issued a statement in remembrance of APS martyrs:
Remembering the innocent lives lost in #APSPeshawar attack on 16th of December 2014;a tragedy that left the nation with an irreplaceable loss.
Salute to valiant martyrs that sacrificed their lives in war against #terrorism
We stand in solidarity with families of APS Martyrs pic.twitter.com/P3v3LJX3dx
— Govt of Pakistan (@pid_gov) December 16, 2017
As a security measure, all schools in the provincial capital remained closed today in view of the APS terror attack. Many people hold candlelight vigils throughout the country to honour all the innocent souls who were massacred brutally.
APS Peshawar incident shook the country and resulted in the formation of a National Action Plan to stem extremism and terrorism from the country, as well as the creation of military courts to try ‘hardcore’ terrorists.