16 December, Pakistan is observing the 6th anniversary of the Army Public School, Peshawer attack tragedy and it seems like yesterday!
APS incident, the most heart-wrenching event in Pakistan’s history after Dhaka fall on the same date. There are no words that can ever console the parents who lost their children in this tragedy.
At least 144 people, mostly students, were martyred when terrorists attacked APS Peshawar on 16 Dec 2014.
Who knew, the young ones who went to school would be laid to rest in coffins the other day. Social media feed today in Pakistan is filled with special messages and images of the young martyrs shared by the families of the victims.
6 years since that atrocious day…— Ahmad Nawaz (@Ahmadnawazaps) December 16, 2020
I lost my brother, 131 friends and teachers.
We will never forget that dark day…
Every year, we must ask ourselves a question: What have we done to ensure such atrocities never happen again?
That’s the only way to honour the #APSMartyrs pic.twitter.com/brh2gKAXBq
PM Imran Khan also took to social media to share his message on the 6th anniversary of the APS attack tragedy.
“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, ” Pm said.
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
“The fateful “black day” continues to remain a scar on the collective memory of the nation. We cannot forget the agony of this day,” said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Twitter.
The tragedy brought the whole nation together & gave us the direction to fight extremism & terrorism. The improved security situation in the country and successes achieved against terrorism are owed to the martyrs of #APSPeshawar. 2/2— Spokesperson 🇵🇰 MoFA (@ForeignOfficePk) December 16, 2020
Federal Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar in a tweet reflecting on 6 December 2014 said: “6 years ago today was a dark day not only for Pakistan but for humanity. When we arrived at the hospital this evening to see the injured children of Peshawar APS, we still remember the bravery of this child. His spirits were high despite the passing of a resurrection. May Allah protect the children of all from evil.”
آج سے 6 سال پہلے پاکستان ہی نہیں انسانیت کے لئے ایک تاریک دن تھا. جب ہم اس شام کو پشاور APS کے زخمی بچوں سے ملنے ہسپتال پہنچے تو اس بچے کی بہادری آج بھی یاد آتی ہی. ایک قیامت گزرنے کے باوجود اس کا حوصلہ بلند تھا. اللہ سب کے بچوں کو شر سے محفوظ رکھے pic.twitter.com/WZ2cM40JsD— Asad Umar (@Asad_Umar) December 16, 2020
The nation remembers its young heroes who were too young to leave the world in such a tragic way.
Words will never be enough.— Taimur Khan Jhagra (@Jhagra) December 16, 2020
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. pic.twitter.com/XBCQ02Ylzb
آج کے دن آرمی سکول پشاور کا دل دہلا دینے والا سانحہ پیش آیا۔ دہشت گردوں نے ہمارے پھول سے بچے، ہمارا مستقبل ہم سے چھین لیا۔قوم نے نواز شریف کی قیادت میں مسلح افواج اور تمام سول سکیورٹی اداروں کی مدد سے اپنے بچوں کے خون کا بدلہ لیا۔دہشت گردوں پر کاری ضرب لگائی اور امن بحال کیا۔— Maryam Nawaz Sharif (@MaryamNSharif) December 16, 2020