The nation is observing the fifth anniversary of the unforgivable and horrific APS attack. On 16th of December 2014, six terrorists affiliated with the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban conducted a brutal attack on the school and killed 132 innocent students and 17 staff members.
In the memories of their beloved martyred sons, the parents held a candlelit vigil on the APS Shuhada Memorial located outside the Peshawar Archives Library on Sunday. The parents also organised Quran Khwani on the Archives Library’s premises and prayed to Allah to rest the departed souls in Jannatul Firdaus.
The Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis took to Twitter to pay a tribute to the victims of the heinous attack.
— Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis & HRD (@mophrd) December 16, 2019
Parents of the victims expressed their grief and sorrow on Twitter sending chills down everyone’s spine!
As a parent, the thought of today is horrifying… many prayers for the parents who have had to endure the biggest loss imaginable…
— Khurram Qureshi (@qureshik74) December 16, 2019
— Muhammad Nawaz Khan (@MuhammaddNawaz) December 16, 2019
Pakistanis all over the world are paying tributes to the victims via tweets:
5 years ago butchers attacked our kids at #APSPeshawar
150 people including 134 children were martyred.
Today is the day to remember the families that sent their children to school¬ into a battle zone.
..to resolve that never again this should happen to any child.#APSMartyrs pic.twitter.com/b5dVJB9ZVv
— Raza Ahmad Rumi (@Razarumi) December 16, 2019
— Sohai Khan (@erozgar1) December 16, 2019
— Aبdul ♡ (@cllmeabdul_) December 16, 2019
— 🇸🇦 سـیـٹــھ صــاحـب 🇵🇰 (@AA__MAZA) December 16, 2019
— Faisal Ahmad (@faisalAFRIDIAN) December 16, 2019
Prime Minister Imran Khan also expressed his deepest sympathies for the APS attack victims. The PM was quoted saying, “deepest sympathies from me to all those affected by the tragic event in Peshawar.”
In the wake of the attack, a number of activities and functions will be held across the country to remember the sacrifices of innocent children. A special function to pay tribute to the martayed students and teachers of the school has also been arranged in Army Public School Peshawar.