Lawmakers lighting candles outside KP Assembly in the memory of APS martyrs on the second anniversary of the massacre. - TNN

PESHAWAR, 16 December: Ceremonies were held in different parts of the country, including Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA, to pay tributes to the martyrs of Army Public School (APS) on second anniversary of the heinous terrorist attack on Friday.

The events included Quran Khwani, Fatiha Khwani, walks, seminars and candlelight vigils. Besides privately organised ceremonies in different parts of the country, the Senate of Pakistan, National Assembly and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly also organised ceremonies to pay tributes to the sacrifice of students and teachers of APS for the country.

On the occasion, solidarity was expressed with the families of the martyrs and Fatiha was offered for the departed souls.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser told TNN that the lawmakers observed a candlelight vigil and Quran Khwani for the terror victims.

“We will observe the martyrs day every year to pay tributes to their sacrifices and we will make KP and educated province. We will never waste the sacrifices of students and we will take different steps to ensure 100 percent literacy rate,” he said.

Programmes to pay tribute to the APS martyrs were also organised in different schools of Kurram Agency. On the occasion, the students presented different programmes and songs in praise of the martyrs.

A prayer ceremony was also organised for APS martyrs at the United States Consulate in Peshawar which was attended by Pakistani and foreign officials.