The outpouring of grief and support on social media, six years after the Army Public School APS Peshawar massacre has brought the country together.
Today marks the anniversary of the APS Peshawar attack, a national tragedy that awakened the Pakistani nation and became a rallying cry for them to unite against the existential threat.
Every December the poignant images of blood-soaked school bags, life-less bodies in school uniforms, and traumatic bereavement of parents come back to remind us that the fight against terrorism must not end until these young victims are avenged.
Social media users took to Twitter and other platforms to recall the tragedy and within minutes #APS_WeCantForGetYou, #APS_ToHeaven, #BlackDay, #APSMartyrsDay and #APSPeshawar became top trends on the popular microblogging site.
Here is how Twitter users showed resilience on the anniversary of APS attack.
— SanamJamali 🇵🇰 (@Sanamjamali6) December 15, 2020
— M. Saad Arslan Sadiq (@Arslan_Sadiq) December 15, 2020
— Mudasir Mairaj (@MudasirMairaj) December 15, 2020
— Naheed Tariq (@NaheedTq5) December 15, 2020
Today, we remember and pray for the survivors and victims of APS Peshawar incident. The blood of the innocent united the nation against all forms of extremism, terrorism, violence and hatred.#APSMartyrsDay pic.twitter.com/cYXJoRJZON
— Naeem Abbas Khan (@NAK3594103) December 15, 2020
— Mr_as_jaffriعلی شیر جعفری (@as_jaffri) December 15, 2020
— It's__N|mr∆ ♡ ( nimo api 🎂) (@Oye_parhaku) December 16, 2020
Prime Minister Imran Khan in a message on the the terrorist attack on Peshawar’s APS reiterated the nation’s resolve towards national, regional and world peace.
In his message on the occasion, National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser said the scarifies of innocent children of APS Peshawar would not go waste and the scourge of terrorism and extremism would be rooted out from the society.
He noted that the Pakistani nation would always stand with the bereaved families and would continue to share their inexpressible grieve.
CM KP’s Message
Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Mahmood Khan said that martyrdom of students and teachers would always be remembered.
He said that innocent students of Army Public School sacrificed their lives to lay a foundation of lasting peace in the country and made the entire nation, government and security forces united against the common enemy.
CM Mahmood said that the provincial government salutes the determination of families of martyrs who bear this great loss with patience and perseverance.