PESHAWAR: Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif today announced to observe December 16, as ‘Qaumi Azm-e-Taleem Day’ every year in honor of the Army Public School martyrs.

The Prime Minister addressed a gathering at the Army Public School, to mark the first anniversary of the attack. He said that blood of the martyred children united the nation.

The PM declared December 16 a Day of National Resolve to promote Education (Qaumi Azm-e-Taleem).

Nawaz Sharif said enemies of education are the enemies of humanity. The PM vowed to eliminate elements that aim to push the country in darkness, by crippling education process. The deadliest assault shook the nation on December 16 2014.

Pakistan Army rendered significant success against militants in leadership of Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif , he added. PM Nawaz said that the government made efforts for establishment of military courts to hold speedy trials of terrorists.

The ruling party also launched a comprehensive offensive named, National Action Plan (NAP) after the attack in past year, he added. A ceremony has been organized at the attacked school today which is attended by chief of Pakistan Army and top officials of other departments. Chief Ministers (CM) of four provinces are also participating in the first year anniversary.

The Prime Minister also distributed honorary medals among grieving families. While talking to the parents of the martyrs, PM Nawaz said that it is government’s resolve that sacrifices of their sons and daughters’ would not go in vain. He reassured the participants of the ceremony that Operation Zarb-e-Azb has broken the back of terror outfits.

Authorities have deployed paramilitary forces and police in major cities. He reiterated that the time is not far when insurgency would be completely eliminated from the country and eventually the region. December 16, 2014 not only determined future course-of-action of the country but strengthened resolve against terrorism to the highest degree.

The Prime Minister said that the people stand shoulder to shoulder with the armed forces in large-scale campaign against militants. PM Nawaz also talked about the targeted operation that was launched in Karachi on September 16, 2013 to root-out criminal elements and end the terror-grip. He vowed to continue the offensive in Karachi until the purpose is achieved.