Peshawar (Web Desk): The sixth anniversary of the tragic incident of terrorist attack on Army Public School Peshawar is being observed today (Wednesday).
On December 16, 2014, 147 people, including 132 schoolchildren, were martyred in one of the deadliest terrorist attacks in Pakistan’s history when terrorists stormed the Army Public School in Peshawar and opened indiscriminate fire.
The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) had claimed responsibility for the attack.
The military courts were set up for trying terrorists under amendments made to the Constitution and the Army Act.
Pakistan army stated that all six militants who were involved in the attack have been executed. The military courts, established soon after the attack, awarded death.
The military courts awarded death sentences to at least 310 militants and 56 of them have been executed so far.
Prime Minister Imran Khan tweeted that six years ago, the nation was shocked and grieved by the extreme act of terrorism against children and teachers of APS. He added that the nation came together with a resolve to take on those responsible. We remain determined and are moving forward in fulfilling this commitment to the nation.
Today, six years ago, the nation was shocked & grieved by the extreme act of terrorism against children & teachers of APS; & the nation came together with a resolve to take on those responsible. We remain determined & are moving forward in fulfilling this commitment to the nation— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) December 16, 2020
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that the grief of the tragic and heartbreaking APS incident is still fresh.
“The day will be remembered as the darkest in Pakistan’s history and the sacrifice of the innocent children of the APS united the entire nation”, Qureshi said.
In a tweet on Wednesday, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Shibli Faraz said that on 16th December every year, the anniversary of the APS tragedy renews pain in the hearts of nation when terrorists martyred innocent kids and gave the nation an unforgettable grief.
“We must reaffirm our commitment that we will not let the successes against terrorism go waste,” he added.
The minister said the personnel of the armed forces and the law enforcement agencies as well as a large number of people rendered sacrifices in the war on terror.
Saluting these martyrs, he prayed that may Allah Almighty grant their souls high ranks in the heaven and also give patience to the bereaved families.
Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Shah Farman and Chief Minister Mahmood Khan also paid rich tributes to the martyrs of Army Public School and their families.
In his message, Governor Shah Farman said the entire nation is grieved over one of the most tragic terrorists’ attack.
He said these little heroes are our pride and the nation would never forget what they did for the cause of the nation.
KP Chief Minister Mahmood Khan said the sacrifices of the students martyred in the tragic APS incident would always be remembered.
He said the security forces and the nation are united to eliminate terrorism from the society.
KP Chief Minister Mahmood Khan said the sacrifices of the students martyred in the tragic APS incident would always be remembered. He added that the security forces and the nation are united to eliminate terrorism from the society and the government would always extend a helping hand to the bereaved families of the APS.
In his tweet, KP Finance and Health minister Taimur Saleem Jhagra said, "Words will never be enough. On this day, the memory of those who sacrificed their lives at #APSPeshawar must spur us on to build a country where the future of millions of children is bright.