PESHAWAR - Stringent security measures have been taken in the provincial metropolis aimed to avert any sabotage act on the first anniversary of the horrific terrorist attack on the Army Public School, Peshawar to be observed tomorrow (December 16).

Terrorists on December 16, 2014 had attacked APS, Peshawar and killed 142 people, including 132 students. The memories of the gruesome attacks are still alive in the minds of victim families and even common citizens.

The first anniversary of the terrorist attack will be observed tomorrow (December 16). In this connection, government and private associations have arranged Quran Khwani and special prayers across the country to pay homage to the martyred students, teachers and other staff member of the APS.

In this regard, security in the provincial metropolis has been enhanced to avert any sabotage bid. A number of events have been planned for the first anniversary of the APS attack, which would be attended by the top government and military officials. To avoid any mishap on the day, search and strike operations have been conducting for the last many days in the area and a number of suspects have been nabbed. Furthermore security of sensitive buildings has also been tightened. Moreover, snap checking by the police and army has been increased in surrounding areas.

The KP police and security forces have been conducting operations after APS attack, which is stated to be a reason for decline in terrorism in the area. According to the KP police, acts of terrorism have been scaled down by 56 per cent in the province. In addition, overall law and order situation has also been improved by 52 per cent in the province.