3rd anniversary of APS attack observed across the country
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – The third anniversary of a deadly school attack in the provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa that claimed the lives of over 140 people, mostly schoolchildren, observed across the country on Saturday.
The main observance was held at Peshawar’s Army Public School (APS) with the attendance of the parents of all the victims and Pakistan army officers, but there are several memorial events nationwide. Events were also organized across the country to mark the day.
Portraits of the victims were on display at the school and along the roads of Peshawar to pay tribute to the slain children and their teachers.
On this day in 2014, six terrorists stormed the school and martyred 147 students and teachers. The security forces promptly responded to the attack and killed all the terrorists.
A function in connection with the third anniversary of terrorist attack on Army Public School Peshawar was also held at the school to pay tributes to the martyred students and teachers.
Corps Commander Peshawar Lt Gen Nazir Ahmed Butt was the chief guest on the occasion.
In his message on the occasion, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi called the attack a black day in the country’s history, saying the terrorists brutally targeted innocent children.
“The Pakistani nation has made unprecedented sacrifices in war against terrorism — more than any other nation in the world — and we are the first nation to defeat terrorists in our region,” Abbasi said in a message issued from his office.
Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal said that the terrorism shall be defeated at any cost and that is our commitment.
In his tweet in connection with the third anniversary of the tragedy of Army Public School Peshawar today (Saturday), he said we stand with the martyrs of Army Public School Peshawar.
In a statement, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurengzaib said the sacrifices of the innocent martyrs of Army Public School Peshawar will always be remembered.
She said the country`s security forces have rendered matchless sacrifices to save the country from terrorism. The minister said these sacrifices will not go waste and the whole nation stands united against terrorism.