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COAS,PM, Bilawal Bhutto paid respects to the martyrs of APS

17 December, 2017

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KOHAT: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Saturday paid his respects to the martyrs of the devastating attack on the Army Public School (APS) that took place three years ago in Peshawar.

Speaking at the inauguration ceremony of the Women’s University in Kohat, Abbasi said, “When the APS Peshawar attack took place three years ago, all political parties and all our armed forces came together to fight terrorism in the country. As a result of this fight, we have defeated terrorism and today, our schools and mosques our safe,” he added. “Everyone is free to visit markets and live freely in this country.”

He said the PML-N always talked about Pakistan and stood for the unity of the country and never divided the brothers. He said a dictator had ruled over the country for eight year, followed by PPP government but no tangible development work could be initiated in the country.

On the third anniversary of the Army Public School carnage on Saturday, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa remembered the young martyrs and the sacrifices they made for the country.

In his special message via Twitter, the army chief said, “The great sacrifice of our innocent beloved children & their brave families remains unforgettable.”

“It symbolises our undeterred resolve in love of our motherland. Your sacrifice has not gone in vain, we owe this improving peace to you,” said the COAS while paying tribute to the innocent martyrs.

Three years ago on December 16, the peace in Peshawar was shattered when gunfire, smoke and dead bodies strewn across the Army Public School halls and corridors.

Grazed militants rushing from room to room shot randomly at pupils and adults and killed over 140 people including, 132 students.

Following the carnage, the then army chief General Raheel Sharif launched a military offensive called ‘Operation Zarb-e-Azb’ against the militants to purge the country of the menace.

Pakistan People’s Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Saturday paid glowing tributes to the innocent martyred students and teachers of the Peshawar Army Public School, saying they sacrificed their lives but awakened the conscience of the entire nation.

In a tweet on the third anniversary of the APS carnage, the PPP chairman said, “3 years after the #APS tragedy we continue to fail the victims. Failed to conduct the judicial inquiry their families demanded. Failed to implement #NAP. Failed to ensure such an incident would never happen again, not on our watch. We can do better. A #PPP govt will.” In his message on the occasion, the PPP chairman pointed out that some individuals at the helm of affairs were forgetting the sacrifices of the APS victims but children of Benazir Bhutto will continue to share this haunting grief.

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