RAWALPINDI: Chief of the Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Saturday said the sacrifice rendered by martyred Army Public Schools (APS) students not gone in vain and the country’s improving peace is owed to them.
The army chief’s statement came as Pakistan marked the third anniversary of the deadly 2014 attack on APS which killed more than 140 people mostly students.
“It symbolises our undeterred resolve in love of our motherland,” said General Bajwa, according to DG ISPR Maj-Gen Asif Ghafoor.
“Remembering martyrs of APS Peshawar. The great sacrifice of our innocent beloved children & their brave families remains unforgettable. It symbolises our undeterred resolve in love of our motherland. Your sacrifice has not gone in vain, we owe this improving peace to you” the army chief siad.
Separately, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said Dec 16, 2014, will be remembered as a black day in the history of the world, when inhumane terrorists attacked innocent children.
He said that the sacrifices rendered by the Pakistani nation are unmatched. “The nation gave the sacrifice of life and property in the war against terrorism,” he added.
The premier stated in his message further that extremism is the tree from which the poisonous fruit of terrorism grows.
“The army’s day-and-night hard work and sacrifice has broken the terrorists’ back. The army, security forces defeated terrorists via the National Action Plan,” he added.