The 5th anniversary of screaming nightmare on Army Public School (APS) Peshawar that claimed the lives of over 140 people, mostly schoolchildren, is being observed across the country today (Monday).
Five years have been passed away but people are still mourning on this tragic incident which gripped our feelings leaving us with full of fear and sadness.
On this day 2014, a gang of six militants walked in and stormed the school and martyred more than 140 that morning five years ago.
The deadliest attack in Pakistan’s history, the massacre prompted the government to declare an all-out war against terrorist outfits.
In the wake of the attack, military courts were set up for trying terrorists under amendments made to the Constitution and the Army Act.
Across Peshawar, mosques filled with mourners carrying small coffins and wailing family members became a common sight.
The city was living its worst nightmare, its worst tragedy.
While the city and the country won its battle against terrorism shortly after the APS attack, many are still reeling – mostly emotionally.
The mastermind of the APS attack, Umar Mansour, Alias Khalifa Mansour, Alias Umar Naray, were killed in a drone strike in Afghanistan.
After this tragic incident, the government chalked out the National Action Plan (NAP) to eliminate terrorism from the country.
A number of activities and functions will be held across the country to remember the sacrifices of innocent children.
A special function has also been arranged in Army Public School Peshawar to pay homage to the martyred students and teachers of the school.
Prime Minister Imran Khan in a message on the fifth anniversary of the terrorist attack on Peshawar’s Army Public School reiterated the nation’s resolve towards national, regional and world peace.
In a message, the premier said education is the only weapon with which extremism and terrorism could be defeated permanently.