PESHAWAR - The second batch of students of Army Public School (APS) Peshawar left for China for an educational-cum-recreational tour as part of rehabilitation programme.

According to the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), during their 10-day long stay in China, the students accompanied by  parents and teachers will visit major Chinese cities, including Beijing, Shenzhen, Gongzhour and Hongkong and witness historical sites.

It said that before their departure to China last night, Chinese Embassy in Islamabad had arranged a reception for the APS students , their parents and teachers. Chinese hosts at the Embassy accorded a warm welcome to APS students at the reception.  Major General Qi Huajun, Naval and Military attaché at Chinese Embassy while speaking on the occasion said that Pakistan and China are time tested friends. The people in China were deeply aggrieved after the APS terrorists attack and loss of innocent lives.  

He said the visit aims to express the resolve of Chinese people that they will always stand by their Pakistani brethren in thick and thin. It may be mentioned here that 1st batch of students after their visit to China in early February had arrived back to Peshawar last week.   Earlier, the government has announced to facilitate the parents of injured students with Umerah. The dates of their journey have not yet been announced by government but an official told that the parents will soon receive Umera tickets.