APS Tragedy: Bilawal claims planners and facilitators should be brought to justice

Baaghi TV: Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has paid tribute to the martyrs of Army Public School Peshawar tragedy.

Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardari expressed solidarity with the families of those martyred in the APS tragedy and said that those who planned and facilitated the massacre of students and teachers in APS must be brought to justice. The nation has not come out of the pain of the great tragedy of Army Public School and people are waiting for justice for their innocent children.

Bilawal Bhutto claimed that both his family and political party have been victims of terrorism and he will continue to raise his voice against terrorism and extremism. The National Action Plan should not only be selectively implemented, its full implementation must be ensured.

Earlier, the mother of Shaheed Zain Iqbal, while addressing a function at Ayub Park, said, “Thank you AHF for inviting me. Thank you to the children who performed here. The APS tragedy was huge but all of you have encouraged us. The martyrs are alive. Today’s December 16 was like the one seven years ago. I was also a teacher in APS Girls. Parents could never imagine that their child would come home like this. That day, some recognized their son from the boots he wore and others from their son’s birthmarks. The terrorists came to annihilate our race but they did not succeed. Civil and military martyrs give us the hope to breathe. My son had been in APS from the age of three to nineteen. I am not only Shaheed Zain’s mother, I am the mother of all of them. All the employees including teachers were my family. Our whole family was lost in the tragedy of APS.”

Shaheed Zain Iqbal’s mother cried while talking and said that Zain wanted to be a doctor in future, but martyrdom is the highest level. All parents of the APS tragedy have the same story. All children and teachers gave their lives for the nation’s integrity. Peshawar is our own city but it hurts a lot to stay here.

Earlier on an occasion commemorating the APS incident and Fall of Dhaka, PM Imran Khan said that this day reminds the whole nation of a woeful tragedy.

Prime Minister Imran Khan said that the mischievous elements that attacked our future, our young children and martyred them. Brave teachers became a strong wall in front of the enemy to protect their students. Time has proved that terrorism has no religion or nation. Behind this, is the cowardly thinking that one can use children for nefarious purposes. The sacrifices of the martyrs of the Army Public School were not in vain. PM Imran Khan further said that after the tragedy of APS, the whole nation was united. We targeted the enemies in their hiding places by implementing the National Action Plan. He assured the nation that the enemy will never demoralize the Pakistani nation. Whenever evil elements try to waver the morale of the nation, they have always failed.

He pledged all to take oath that we will stand firm against those who spread sectarian, religious and ethnic prejudices, against those who use such tactics for nefarious political purposes. Quaid-e-Azam said that there is no power in the world that can harm Pakistan, and this integrity is our weapon against all enemies.

On the anniversary of martyrs of APS Peshawar, Defense Minister Pervez Khattak said that the tragedy of APS is a great shock for the whole nation. Paying tribute to the courage and fortitude of martyrs, he expressed full solidarity with the families of APS, saying that the entire nation pays homage to the great martyrs of Army Public School Peshawar.

National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser and Deputy Speaker Qasim Khan Suri, while paying tribute to the martyrs of the tragedy said that their sacrifices could never be forgotten. He said that December 16, 2014 would be remembered as the darkest day in the history of Pakistan. They expressed these views in separate messages on the occasion of the 7th anniversary of the tragedy Army Public School.

The Speaker further said that the martyrdom of more than 132 children and teachers in the tragedy of APS had shaken the whole world. He said that the innocent heroes of Army Public School have left a message of unity to the nation for a terrorism free and educated Pakistan.

The Speaker said that even after 7 years, it still leaves an unbearable pain in our hearts. He said that the nation is proud of the families of the martyrs who have endured this great shock. He said that the entire nation shares in the grief of the bereaved families whose loved ones were martyred in this tragedy. The Speaker termed the loss of lives of innocent children of APS as a great national loss and said that the sacrifice of innocent heroes of APS will always be remembered in the history of Pakistan.

The Speaker said that the tragedy of Army Public School is still fresh in our hearts like the first day. He said that this was the occasion when the whole nation united against terrorism and our armed forces reaffirmed their commitment to eradicate terrorism with the support of the nation which has made it possible to eradicate terrorism from the country. Our Armed Forces have made everlasting sacrifices in war on terror that cannot be forgotten.

“We need to make education our legacy to eradicate terrorism forever,” he added.

The Speaker vowed that the tragedy would never let the blood of the martyred children go in vain and the war would continue till the last terrorist was eliminated. “Terrorism has no religion and we must all work together to prevent it,” he said. He said that all should work together to move the country on the path of development.

On the occasion, Deputy Speaker Qasim Khan Suri said that the tragedy of Army Public School was a reminder of the tragedy when innocent children were martyred by terrorists. “Terrorists are the enemies of humanity and do not deserve any pardon,” he said. He said that in the hearts of the entire nation even today the tragedy is a reminder of the martyrs of APS and shares the grief of the families of the martyrs equally. He vowed to continue the struggle till the eradication of terrorism.

It may be recalled that the Supreme Court of Pakistan has taken Suo Moto action on the APS Peshawar tragedy.

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