LAHORE - Today, the whole nation is mourning over the saddest tragedy in the history of Pakistan - the terrorists’ attack on Army Public School Peshawar.

The school was attacked by Taliban terrorists on 16 December 2014. More than 140 people including about 132 children were killed before the army commandos stormed into the campus building and killed all seven attackers.

The sacrifices of the children of Army Public School Peshawar gave new courage and determination in the war against terrorism, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said on Tuesday. “The debt of their blood will be repaid by completely eliminating terrorists,” the chief minister said in his message on the first anniversary of APS Peshawar attack.

Shahbaz Sharif said the sacrifices of APS martyrs will be remembered forever. “December 16 shocked the entire nation. This day can never be forgotten.”

The CM said that entire nation has united in the war against terrorism and a decisive war has been started for purging the motherland of terrorists.

He vowed that the government will not rest content till elimination of last terrorist. “Every Pakistani from Peshawar to Karachi was grieved over the tragic incident of terrorism. The beasts trying to promote ignorance cannot stop the children from getting education through such cowardly acts.”

He said that thousands of Pakistanis have sacrificed their lives in the war against terrorism so far which include officers and personnel of Pak army and police.

Shahbaz Sharif vowed that extremism and terrorism will be eliminated forever and a safe and peaceful Pakistan will be given to new generation. “This is thewar for survival of coming generations,” said the CM, expressing the hope that 18 crore people of Pakistan will win the war against terrorism.

He added: “On this day, we have to renew our determination to maintain this unity in the war against terrorists for which innocent children have sacrificed their lives.

“There is no room for terrorism and extremism in the Pakistan of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and establishment of Pakistani society based on tolerance and moderation is our mission and we will certainly achieve this great objective of Quaid-e-Azam.”

CM hails China over cooperation: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that China holds significant importance in promoting regional cooperation.

The platform of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) can also play a role for the development of the region as well, the chief minister told the media in Chinese city of Zhengzhou yesterday. “It is imperative that that all member countries of the SCO should make collective efforts for the development of the region and further promote regional cooperation,” he said.

Shahbaz Sharif said Pak-China relations are touching new heights and the bilateral ties between the two countries have strengthened during the tenure of the PML-N government. “Work is in progress on several projects of power generation in Pakistan with the cooperation of China to cope with the shortage of electricity while projects for generation of energy under China Pakistan Economic Corridor are also being implemented speedily.”

He added that full attention was being paid to energy sector and thousands of megawatts electricity would be added to the national grid with the completion of a number of power projects by the end of 2017. “Following the vision of Chinese President “One belt, one road”, work is being carried out for the promotion of regional contacts under China Pakistan Economic Corridor.”

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will usher in a new era of progress and prosperity in Pakistan as well as the region, the CM said, adding that new avenues of relation have opened between China and Pakistan and the ties between the two countries will be taken to new heights.