Armed forces to make Pak better, safer place: COAS

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Second anniversary of APS martyrs observed

Tariq Saeed

Peshawar

Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa Friday declared that he would not rest until the blood of martyrs of the Army Public School (APS) was avenged and terrorists were completely eliminated.
He said the nation’s resolve to defeat the menace of terrorism and the enemy had strengthened further after the tragedy.
Addressing a ceremony held on the second anniversary of incident in which more than 144 students and teachers were brutally martyred by heartless terrorists on December 16, 2014, the Army Chief said that the nation couldn’t forget the APS martyrs.
“We can’t forget our children who were martyred at APS. I have photos of them in my office and keep looking at them periodically to remind me of our losses,” said Army Chief.
He said we would make Pakistan the kind of country that Quaid thought. “We need to remember that these children still live on. They are martyrs,” he added.
He asserted, “We have taken some steps to help the families these children left behind. The siblings of the martyred children are being provided the best possible education in Pakistan,” said Gen Bajwa.
Paying tribute to the 144 victims, mostly school children, she said, “We have not forgotten our children, our brave Principal, Tahira Kazi and the young soldiers whose martyrdom strengthened the country. Today, we have gathered to present a tribute to the martyrs. We will always remember them and make this loss a sign of courage and a sign that guides us to success.”
He said, “The armed forces are working day and night to make this country a better, safer place.” The army chief also laid a wreath at Yadgar-e-Shuhada, and offered fateha for the martyrs.
Earlier, addressing the ceremony, principal APS said, “That time (of the attack) was very difficult for the whole country. It felt as if we would never be able to come out of this pain. But we came out of that time better and stood strong against the enemy.”
‘Meanwhile, various functions were held in different cities to pay homage to the martyrs of APS as the gut-wrenching images of bodies of children continue to haunt the nation. The tragic incident united the nation against terrorism.

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