The nation observes today the third anniversary of the terrorist attack on Army Public School (APS) Peshawar, an incident that took place three 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 3rd anniversary to terrorist attack on the school.