Nation salutes APS martyrs on third anniversary
BUREWALA/GUJRANWALA/SIALKOT-The third anniversary of the Army Public School (APS) massacre was observed here on Saturday.
A ceremony under the aegis of social organisations was held in front of Press Club at College Road where the participants said that sacrifice of APS martyrs has not gone in vain as the country’s improving law and order situation owes to their sacrifices. Different civil society personalities including Markazi Anjuman Tajraan President Jameel Bhatti, DPS Burewala Principal Salahuddin Chaudhry, Bar Association President Javed Shaheen, Pakistan Kissan Ittehad District President Zulfiqar Awan, Religious Scholar Yasir Rashidi, PTI District President Khalid Mahmood Chohan, Superior College Principal and others attended the event.
They paid rich tributes to the victims of the carnage. They stated that December 16, 2014, will be remembered as the black day in the history of the world when inhumane terrorists attacked the innocent children.
“The great sacrifices of our innocent beloved children and their brave families will remain unforgettable. It symbolizes our undeterred resolve in love of our motherland. The sacrifices rendered by the Pakistani nation are unmatched. The nation gave the sacrifice of life and property in the war against terrorism, The army’s day-and-night hard work and sacrifice have broken the terrorists’ backbone. The army, security forces defeated terrorists via the National Action Plan,” they said. Later, they prayed for the departed souls.
Third anniversary of martyrdom of APS students was also observed here at Gujranwala. Students of various schools held a candlelight vigil in the remembering of of martyrs of APS.
A big ceremony was also held at Gulshan Park Gujranwala in which students of dozens of schools participated. Speakers said that after the incident the nation got together to take action against terrorism. The participants paid their tributes to the brave children and teachers of APS.
Likewise, the district administration of Sialkot took out anti-terrorism solidarity rallies in Sialkot, Daska, Sambrial, Pasrur, Badiana, Chawinda and surrounding areas to pay rich tributes to all the victims of Army Public School (APS) terror attack.
MPAs Ch Ikram, Ch. Tariq Akhtar Subhani and Rana Liaqat Ali jointly led the rally. It began from the District Courts Sialkot and it ended at Sialkot city’s congested Allama Iqbal Chowk after passing through all the main inter-city roads. The participants were carrying banners and placards and they chanted anti terrorism slogans, besides, paying the rich tributes to all the victims of APS Peshawar.
Meanwhile, Chairman Pakistan Council for Social Welfare and Human Rights (PCSWHR) Ejaz Noori expressed complete solidarity with the grieved families of APS Peshawar victims.
Addressing a special ceremony held at the PCSWHR office at Sialkot, Ejaz Noori added said that the whole Pakistani nation stands united against terrorism and was ready to sacrifice their lives while battling against terrorism shoulder to shoulder with the armed forces of Pakistan.
Jamaat-e-Islami organised a seminar to express solidarity with the APS Peshawar ghastly tragedy victims. Ameer Jamaat-e-Islami Sialkot District Dr Shakeel Thakur, the local JI leaders Arshad Mehmood Baggu (former MPA), Sheikh Attiqur Rehman , Mian Fareed Masud and Arid Mehmood Sheikh (JI Sialkot District Spokesman ) paid rich tributes to APS victims. They expressed complete solidarity with the armed forces of Pakistan and also pledged to make efforts to weed out terrorism from the country.