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Country remembers APS martyrs on 4th anniversary

PESHAWAR: The 4th anniversary of the callous terrorist attack on the Army Public School Peshawar that left around 150 people, including children and teachers, dead is being observed today.

On Dec 16, 2014 six terrorists stormed the school and martyred around 150 students and teachers.

After this tragic incident, the government chalked out the National Action Plan (NAP) to eliminate terrorism from the country.

A special function will be held in the Army Public School today to pay homage to the martyred students and teachers. Similar functions are also being held in other parts of the country.

In his message on the fourth anniversary of terrorist attack on the Peshawar Army Public School, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi expressed sympathies with the families, friends and loved ones of all the victims.

He said the horrific and barbaric attack which resulted in loss of more than 130 precious lives, continues to remain a scar on the collective memory of the nation.

He said the attack had shocked the whole nation and also tested the resilience and resolve of Pakistan to fight terrorism and extremism. The tragedy brought the whole nation together and gave us the direction to eliminate this menace from the country.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan said the sacrifices of the students of the Army Public School Peshawar will always be remembered.

In his message, he said the tragic incident shows the brutality of terrorist mindset.

Mehmood Khan said after the tragic incident of Army Public School, the security forces and the whole nation are united to eliminate the terrorism from the society.

Mehmood Khan said that provincial government will always extend helping hand to the bereaved families of APS carnage.

In his message on the occasion, Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar has said that the young martyrs of the Army Public School Peshawar have written the history of gallantry and courage with their blood for the safe and secured future of Pakistan.

He said that the students and teachers of the Army Public School sacrificed their lives for the attainment of a noble cause.

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