PESHAWAR, 16 December: The nation is observing the first anniversary of the terrorist attack on the Army Public School (APS) Peshawar with grief and solemnity today (Wednesday).

The main ceremony has been arranged at the APS Peshawar building where Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif, chief ministers of the four provinces and other civil and military leaders will pay visit to show solidarity with the APS martyrs. Strict security measures have been adopted in Peshawar to avert any untoward incident. More than 2,000 policemen and other security officials have been deployed at security duty at various places in Peshawar. The area around the APS has been declared red zone for security purposes.

Another function is being held at Archives Library in Peshawar where the PTI chief Imran Khan and other leaders will inaugurate the martyrs monument.

All the provinces, including Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and the federal government have announced holiday at educational institutions to express solidarity with the APS martyrs.

On 16 December, 2014 some militants had attacked the APS Peshawar and killed 144 people, including 122 students, in gun and bomb attacks. The security forces had also killed all the attackers and four people assisting the attackers have also been executed.

The KP government has renamed some schools, colleges and squares after the martyred students of the APS, while the federal government has also renamed 122 schools in Islamabad after the APS martyred students.

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