The nation observes today the second anniversary of the terrorist attack on Army Public School (APS) Peshawar, an incident that took place two years ago on 16th Dec 2014 when 154 people, including 122 school going children were being martyred mercilessly in the most horrible act of terror.
Six terrorists stormed into Army Public School and martyred 147 students and teachers of the school. The security forces responded immediately to the attack and killed all the terrorists in an operation. The responsibility for the attack was taken by outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).
Today, the brazen militant attack on Army Public School, Peshawar today brings back haunted memories of the deadliest day that claimed over 150 innocent lives, mostly children. Whole nation remembers the martyrs in mourning on second anniversary of the attack. Those martyred, particularly the school children, have been hailed and considered as national heroes for uniting this nation to initiate a new era of fight against terrorism.
Time has not yet healed the wounds of the parents who are still in shock over the death of their children. The survivors of the deadliest terrorist attack also could not forget the horrible scenes which unfold before their eyes on the horrible day.
The attack on APS witnessed a shift in public opinion on the country’s more than decade-long struggle and fight against extremism. Parents of APS martyrs looking for revenge being backed by outraged public drove support for a nationwide military-led crackdown. The army accelerated the Operation Zarb-e-Azb in tribal areas with more intensity and government also launched National Action Plan (NAP) to counter terrorism and increasing crime rates.
To pay homage and tribute to the APS martyrs, a special function at Army Public School, Peshawar was organized in connection with 2nd anniversary to terrorist attack on the school. Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa also attended the function and laid the wreath on APS Martyrs’ Memorial.
Army Chief while addressing the attendants said that entire Pakistani nation, security forces and state institutions are standing shoulder to shoulder with the bereaved families. Blood of every martyred student will be revenged and Pakistan will be made a peaceful country once again as per the wishes of our forefathers.
COAS ensured that Pakistan Army will continue the war against terrorism with maximum commitment and devotion till the elimination of last terrorist from the country. At the eve, a collective prayer was also offered for the martyred students and teachers of APS.
On the occasion of second anniversary of APS tragedy in Peshawar, Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif, in an official statement, extended his sympathies to the bereaved families and said that whole Pakistani nation feels the pain of the tragedy and stand by the mourning families. War against terrorism will surely be taken to its logical end to ensure peace and stability in Pakistan, PM added.
To commemorate the second anniversary of the massacre at Army Public School, the district administration of Peshawar has announced a public holiday in the provincial capital on Friday 16th Dec.
Deputy Commissioner of Peshawar, Riaz Mehsood, in an official notification, stated that all public and private schools, colleges and universities to remain closed to observe the second death anniversary of the students, teachers and staff members being massacred by the militants on 16th Dec 2014.