islamabad - On the eve of the first anniversary of the Army Public School (APS) Peshawar attack, the National Commission on the Status of Women (NCSW) has expressed the deepest condolences to the families of those children and teachers who lost their lives in the brutal militant attack.

The Commission paid tributes to the martyrs and their families and prayed that such atrocities do not occur in future. The attack in Peshawar on December 16, 2014 that resulted in terrible loss of life was an attack on all of humanity and the universal values we share. The people of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa and indeed the whole of Pakistan grieve for these martyrs and will not forget them, the NCSW said in a statement.

“It is now time to focus on ensuring that such a tragedy does not ever occur again.” NCSW supports, it said, the efforts of the government to prevent such attacks in future and urges the authorities to ensure safety and security of life in all schools for girls and boys and other educational institutions across Pakistan.

The Commission also requested that while this tragedy should not be forgotten, such violence requires a strong response to ensure that justice is delivered and efforts to change the narrative of violence and revenge.