‘Nation pays tribute to APS martyrs’, says PM Shehbaz

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Islamabad: As the country mourns the Army Public School (APS) tragedy of 2014, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has reminded the entire nation of the pain and agony of the terrorist act, adding that even after several years, this pain has never been “forgotten”.

In a statement, PM Shehbaz Sharif said: “Today is the day to pay homage to the martyrs of the APS tragedy and share the grief of their families.” He said that the Pakistani nation would never forget the sacrifices of its martyrs.

He reiterated Pakistan’s firm resolve to eradicate the “menace of terrorism”, reminding the world of the “great sacrifices” Pakistan has made to achieve this target.

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“Our struggle is continuing, and it will continue with the same iron will and perseverance until the complete elimination of this menace,” PM Shehbaz added.

APS wound is still fresh: Rana Sanaullah

In a separate statement, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah also paid tribute to the Army Public School (APS) martyrs, their bereaved families, and their brave teachers.

“December 16 is the day, which will continue to remind us of the great sacrifices of APS martyrs,” Rana Sanaullah tweeted.

He said that the APS tragedy united the entire nation against terrorism and religious extremism.

Terming the terrorists, who martyred innocent and young children during the attack, “beasts” and “brutal”, Sana said the APS tragedy was one of the saddest incidents in the country’s history.

He said that the wounds of the “unforgettable tragedy” were still fresh despite the passage of eight years.

Nation has come a long way to defeat terrorism: Marriyum Aurangzeb

Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb said that the nation has come a long way to defeat terrorism.

She said that we are moving towards lasting peace and development in Pakistan, adding that the nation has still not forgotten the Army Public School tragedy regardless of the passage of eight years.

Ms Marriyum said that the cowardly militant elements attacked the future of the nation and martyred innocent children.

She further stated that the 16th of December would continue reminding us of the great sacrifices of martyrs.