LAHORE - A students’ convention was held in the memory of Peshawar martyrs on the completion of one month at auditorium complex of University of Engineering & Technology, on Friday.

Provincial Minister for Education Rana Mashhood Ahmad Khan, Vice Chancellors of all public and private universities of Lahore, faculty members, delegations of students, representative delegations of schools and colleges and prominent personalities belonging to all segments of society were present on the occasion.

Rana Mashhood Ahmad and the participants of the convention reiterated the determination that they would not forget martyrs of Peshawar incident. They said that the blood of martyrs would not go waste and collective efforts would be made for the maintenance of peace in the country.

Rana Mashhood Ahmad said that the incident of Peshawar shook the entire nation on December 16, 2014. He said that the youth are united and their morale is high and they are ready to defeat the enemies of Pakistan. He said that government is working for the capacity building of young generation. Earlier, prominent intellectuals Amjad Islam Amjad, Dr Khursheed Rizvi, Sohail Ahmad, religious scholar Prof Yousaf Khan, Bishop of Lahore Irfan Nazeer, Giyani Malindar Singh also spoke on the occasion.

The students presented national songs of Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi and Allama Iqbal. Those who participated in the convention included cricket players Nasir Jamshaid and Azhar Ali, TV Compare Samia Naqvi, Parliamentary Secretary Education Mehwish Sultana, Chairman Punjab Higher Education Commission Dr Nizam-ud-Din, former VC UET Lahore Lt Gen (r) Akram Khan, VC UET Lahore Dr Fazal Ahmad Khalid, VC Punjab University Dr Mujahid Kamran, VC GC University Lahore Dr Khaliq-ur-Rehman and VC LCWU Dr Sabiha Mansoor as well as Begum Rana Mashhood along with her three daughters.

Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif presided over a meeting on Friday in which special prayers were offered for the departed souls of the innocent children and teachers of Army Public School and fortitude for the bereaved families on the completion of one month since Peshawar tragedy.

The chief minister and the participants of the meeting expressed complete solidarity with the families of the martyrs and reiterated the determination to root out terrorism and extremism from the country.

The chief minister said that every Pakistani is grieved at the worst incident of terrorism in Peshawar and shares the grief of the families of innocent children and their teachers who were martyred.  He said that due to the sacrifice of innocent children political and military leadership as well as the whole nation has united to eliminate terrorism and terrorists will be given a crushing defeat with the force of unity.

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In the memory of Army Public School Peshawar victims, Civil Society Organization arranged a rally titled ‘Hum Tumhain Nahin Bhoolay’ from Lahore Press Club to Punjab Assembly on Friday.

Social activists, journalists, lawyers and people from various walks of life participated in the rally.

The participants were chanting slogans against terrorists.

Addressing the participants, the speakers paid rich tributes to martyrs of December 16, saying that the terrorists have failed to demoralize the nation. They said that attack on APS Peshawar was in fact attack on future of Pakistan.

They said that participation conveyed a strong message that the entire nation was united against terrorists. They said that the sacrifice of innocent students and teachers would not go waste and the country would soon be freed from the menace of terrorism and extremism.