PESHAWAR: The nation is observing today the fourth anniversary of terrorist attack on the Army Public School (APS) in Peshawar.
In that attack, six terrorists had killed 147 innocent people, mostly students. While responding to attack, Pakistan’s Army gunned down all attackers and rescued scores of other students.
Today, the administration of the school has arranged a special function to pay homage to the martyred students and teachers. Parents, students, activists and civil society organisations have also displayed martyres photographs in and around Peshawar city. in other parts of the country, the civil society organisations have also arranged similar functions.
The Corps Commander Peshawar, Lt Gen Shaheen Mazhar Mehmood has also arranged a function to pay homage to martyrs. On the occasion, the security agnes have taken extra security measures to maintain peace in the country.
Candlelight vigil held to remember the martyrs
In order to remember the martyrs, activists, students bodies and parents have also held a candlelight vigil in Peshawar on Saturday evening on the eve of the fourth anniversary.
The relatives of the martyred students and teachers, civil society activists and other people also attended the event at the APS Shuhada memorial. The parents of the martyred students displayed pictures of their students and lit candles.
APS martyrs will always be remembered
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Chief Minister Mahmood Khan said in his statement that sacrifices of the students will always be remembered. He said the tragic incident shows the brutality of terrorist mindset.
He said the security forces and the whole nation are united to eliminate the menace of terrorism from the society. He said the provincial government will always extend helping hand to the bereaved families of the APS carnage.
The PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari in his message pledged to continue resistance against terrorism.
Bilawal said that blood of innocent children will continue to haunt entire nation until the monster terrorism, sponsors and facilitators are completely wiped out from the country.
He said all those who were martyred in the gruesome attack on APS are national heroes and heroines and their sacrifices will not go in-vain.
‘Wounds caused by APS carnage hadn’t healed’
The ANP President Asfandyar Wali Khan said the deep wounds caused by the brutal killing of the APS students hadn’t healed even four years after the attack.
Asfandyar said the state had failed to bring before the nation the actual motive behind the massacre. He said peace can’t be restored in the country until the elimination of sanctuaries of terrorists.
The ANP General Secretary Mian Iftikhar Hussain said it is impossible for him to forget the APS carnage. He said the tragic scenes of the APS attack would remain with the parents and witnesses in particular and society in general forever.