KARACHI: The 8th anniversary of terrorist attack on APS is being observed on Friday (16th of December, 2022).
The main function of the tragic incident of APS School was held in Army Public School Peshawar on Friday.
Special prayers were offered for the martyred students and teachers of Army Public School.
The parents of the martyred students also laid floral wreath on the Yadgar-e-Shuhada.
It was on this day when six terrorists stormed the Army Public School Peshawar and martyred one hundred and forty-seven innocent students and teachers of the school.
President Dr. Arif Alvi said the tragic memory of the APS attack was still fresh in the hearts of the nation, which will never forget the sacrifices of the martyred children.
“December 16 will always be a reminder of the great sacrifices of the martyrs of the Army Public School,” President Alvi said in his statement on the eighth anniversary of APS incident.
President Alvi recalled that the militants committed extreme barbarity by targeting innocent young children in 2014.
He said the APS tragedy brought the nation together to get united for a decisive war against terrorism.
He said the entire nation was firm in finally eradicating the remnants of terrorism and expressed the commitment that no attempt could weaken the resolve against this fight.
The president prayed for the elevation of ranks of the martyrs of Army Public School.
President Dr. Arif Alvi said the day was also a reminder to the international community that terrorism was a common problem of humanity and required intensified efforts for its eradication at the global level.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif held: “This day gives a message to the whole world that Pakistan has rendered immense sacrifices to eradicate terrorism…
“Our struggle is continuing and it will continue with the same iron will and perseverance until the complete elimination of this menace.”
PM Shehbaz Sharif said the 16th December reminded the entire nation of the pain and agony of the terrorist act that took place in Army Public School, Peshawar: “Even after several years, this pain has not been forgotten”.
The Prime Minister said: “This is the day to pay tribute to the martyrs of the tragedy and share the grief of their families”. He said Pakistani nation would never forget the sacrifices of its martyrs.
Meanwhile, in a statement, Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf said the pain of APS tragedy was still fresh in the nation’s heart.
Raja Pervez Ashraf said the resilience and courage of the bereaved families and students of APS had reinforced the nation’s resolve to root out militancy in all forms and manifestations.
Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb in her message on the occasion noted that the nation had come a long way to defeat terrorism.
“We are moving towards lasting peace and development in Pakistan…The nation has still not forgotten the Army Public School tragedy regardless of passage of eight years…
Recalling that the cowardly militant elements attacked the future of nation and martyred the innocent children, she said: “16th December will continue to remind us of the great sacrifices of the martyrs”.
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