16th December 2016, the second anniversary of Taliban attack on Army Public School (APS) in capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) that claimed over 140 lives, mostly students.District administration of Peshawar had announced a holiday on Friday 16th December in honour of the brave martyrs.
Two years after a deadly attack on Peshawar’s Army Public School (APS), a memorial was held at the premises Friday morning to mourn and remember those who had been killed in attack.
Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Jawed Bajwa attended the second anniversary of the APS school attack and offered Fatiha.
Addressing todays ceremony the Pincipal of APS Peshawar said that, “That time (of the attack) was very difficult for the whole country. It felt as though we would never be able to come out of this pain. But we came out of that time better and stood strong in front of the enemy.We have not forgotten our children, our brave Principal, Tahira Kazi and the young soldiers whose martyrdom strengthened the country. Today, we have gathered to present a tribute to the martyrs. We will always remember them and make this loss a sign of courage and a sign that guides us to success.”
While talking to media at the memorial the COAS said that “We need to make Pakistan the kind of country that Quaid thought of. We can never forget these children, I have photos of them in my office and keep looking at them periodically to remind me of our losses.”
“We need to remember that these children still live on, they are martyrs. We have organised this Quran Khwani this year, just like last year, we need to not forget this loss.” he said.