PESHAWAR: On 16th December 2014, the neighboring nation of Pakistan was struck by a merciless act of terrorism. The Army Public School of Peshawar was attacked by six terrorists which claimed the lives of around 150 people amongst whom mostly were innocent school-going children.
Five years ago, on this day, the APS school was attacked by six terrorists who were affiliated by the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). The people who were killed included a total number of 132 small children and the rest were the teachers and other staff members of the school.
Parents of the victims held a candlelit vigil in the memory of the lost souls on Sunday. An official program will be held in their memory on the campus of the APS school and the event will be attended by the families of the unfortunate and innocent victims. The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government and other officials of the army might also be present to pay homage to the lost ones.
Many other programs will also be held in the APS Suhada Hall and Peshawar's Islamia College University.
The attack was regarded as the deadliest one in the history of Pakistan. The horrific incident made the government declare war against the terrorist outfits. The brains behind the attack were killed in a drone strike in Afghanistan.
Awakened by the disastrous attack, the government also set up military courts for the trial of terrorists and thus made amendments to the Constitution and the Army acts. A National Action Plan was also made in order to eradicate terrorism and extremism.
Right after the massacre, Pakistani people's perception of terrorism changed and they started raising voices against it. Reports say that 1584 terrorists were sent to jail and 167 high profile terrorists were detained or killed.
Shivalik Journal prays for the souls of those innocents!