Pakistan remembers haunting memories of APS attack


ISLAMABAD: Nine years have elapsed since the heinous terrorist assault unfolded at Army Public School (APS) Peshawar, leaving an indelible scar on the nation’s collective memory.

On this day, December 16, the somber title of ‘Black Day’ is officially bestowed upon it, serving as a poignant reminder of the 140 lives lost, including 132 innocent children.

In the digital sphere, public figures have turned to social media to pay homage to the victims of APS attack. Twitter, awash with hashtags and posts, resounds with the echoes of a nation grappling with the haunting recollections of one of its darkest chapters.

Caretaker PM Anwar-ul-Haq Kakar

Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar, in a message released on the ninth anniversary of the APS attack tragedy, asserted that the harrowing event had fortified the nation’s resolve against the menace of terrorism. Reflecting on the past, he emphasized that the enemy’s futile attempt nine years ago to shatter the national morale in the war against terrorism had been decisively thwarted.

Expressing solidarity, Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar extended heartfelt sympathies to the parents who bore the weight of their children’s sacrifice on that tragic day. Defiantly, he declared that cowardly terrorists could never triumph over the indomitable spirit of the nation. According to him, the war on terror had been won, and all stratagems employed by the enemy to sow discord and chaos in the country had been effectively foiled.

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Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar underscored the unwavering support of the Pakistani nation for its security forces until every miscreant was brought to justice. Commending the valor of security personnel, including the police, rangers, and the Pak Army, he acknowledged their relentless pursuit of terrorists, dismantling their hideouts and bringing them to justice.

PML-N President Shahbaz Sharif

Former Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif also weighed in, invoking the haunting memories of December 16, 2014, when innocent children were terrorized at APS Peshawar. Shahbaz Sharif paid tribute to the security forces, steadfast in their battle against terrorism, emphasizing that this day should serve as a collective reaffirmation of the nation’s commitment to eradicate terrorism.

PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto

In a separate reflection, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, acknowledging the day as a somber chapter in national history, emphasized the lasting impact of the APS tragedy. Expressing solidarity with the families of the victims, he pledged an unwavering commitment to rooting out extremism and terrorism in the country, underscoring the poignant connection as the son of the martyred Ms. Benazir Bhutto. The Pakistan People’s Party, he declared, stands resolute in its determination to combat these scourges, ensuring that the sacrifices of the APS martyrs are never forgotten.

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