ISLAMABAD: In a message on the seventh anniversary of the attack on the Army Public School (APS) in Peshawar, Prime Minister Imran Khan reiterated on Thursday that he would never let down the survivors and parents of the martyred children.
Dec 16, 2014, terrorists attacked & martyred over 140 ppl incl 132 children in APS, Peshawar,Prime Minister Khan tweeted. On this day in 2014, more than 150 people, including 134 children and staff members lost their lives in a blatant act of terrorism at the Army Public School (APS) Peshawar.
It is noteworthy that the prime minister had last month appeared before an apex court bench in a case related to the 2014 attack on Army Public School in Peshawar. He assured the top court of taking action against all those responsible for the carnage and addressing the grievances of the parents of the APS martyrs.
The attack had shocked the entire nation as terrorists stormed inside the school and fired at children who were attending classes at the time.
The commander of the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Umer Mansoor alias Umer Narae, had claimed responsibility for the APS carnage. The US government and Pakistan Army later confirmed that Umar was killed in a US drone strike in Nangarhar province of Afghanistan on July 9, 2016.
Recalling one of the darkest days in Pakistan history, the prime minister said in a tweet today that there will be “zero tolerance for violence and those using it as a tool.”
‘Have we learnt any lessons?’ asks Shehbaz
Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly, Shehbaz Sharif, called it a painful day for the nation and asked: “Have we learned any lessons and corrected our course?”
“When will we sincerely put our heads together for better future of our children? There are too many questions but too few answers,” he said in a tweet.
Bilawal pays glowing tribute
Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Thursday paid glowing tribute to the martyrs of Army Public school (APS), Peshawar.
In a message on the anniversary of the APS Peshawar massacre, he demanded that the beasts who planned, facilitated, and carried out the massacre of the innocent children and teachers must be brought to justice.
Bilawal Bhutto said that nation still deepest feels the pain of this great tragedy and everyone is waiting for justice to the innocent souls.
He said that his family and Party being victims of terrorism itself will continue to raise voices against extremism and terrorism. Bilawal Bhutto saluted those parents and families who lost their loved ones in the APS tragedy and expressed solidarity with them.