Nation owes peace to APS sacrifices: Bajwa

ISLAMABAD : Chief of the Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa said on Saturday said that the nation owes improving peace to the sacrifices rendered in the war on terror.

In his special message on Twitter, the army chief said: “Remembering martyrs of APS Peshawar. The great sacrifice of our innocent beloved children & their brave families remains unforgettable. It symbolizes our undeterred resolve in love of our motherland. Your sacrifice has not gone in vain, we owe this improving peace to you” COAS. On December 16, 2014, over 140 lives were lost in an attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar. Young children were massacred by terrorists who stormed the educational facility in reaction to Operation Zarb-e-Azb launched in mid-2014 in tribal areas to eliminate terror hideouts. On the other hand, Gen Bajwa visited Army marksmanship Firing Ranges near Jhelum on Saturday. He was the chief guest at the closing ceremony of 37th Pakistan Army Rifle Association Central Meet, the mega shooting competition of the country. He said that December 16 is a day that we must never forget. He said, “our enemy hurt us on this day at Peshawar three years back”.

The army chief said, “we have come out of this heart-wrenching incident through national resilience and faith”. He reiterated that “we still have a lot to do to ensure completely defeat them who perpetrated that crime against us”. He said that while at the national level, the path is outlined in the National Action Plan, at the army level, it is the pursuit of professional excellence and commitment, which has turned the tide. The army chief said that “the best way to pay homage to our Shuhada is through our contributions to the national strength in pursuit of national objectives”.

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