Military courts hanged 5 criminals in APS tragedy: COAS.On the fifth anniversary of the Army Public School (APS) strike, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa said the carnage would never be forgotten.
Six terrorists associated with the outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan carried out the horrific attack on the school on Dec 16, 2014, killing 132 innocent students and 17 members of staff.
On Monday, Gen Bajwa said in a tweet through the account of Inter-Services Public Relations: “Five of the terrorists involved have been hanged through military courts. Salute to martyrs and their families.”
“In failing terrorism as a country, we have come a long way. Together, we are moving towards Pakistan’s lasting peace and prosperity,”
Throughout his post, President Arif Alvi said that the country “can not forget the slaughter of little angels/teachers.”
“Difficult to remember this day without tears in one’s eyes. We affirm in its remembrance our resolve to eliminate terrorism and extremism from our nation in all its forms,” he said.
Prime Minister Imran Khan said in his message on the fifth anniversary of the APS attack: “The blood of the innocent united the country against all types of extremism, terrorism, violence and hatred.”
In a statement issued by the Office of the Prime Minister, the Prime Minister said today is a day to remember and pray for the survivors and victims of the assault.
“This day, as we pay tribute to our young martyrs, we also applaud the sacrifices made by our armed forces, police and law enforcement agencies in the battle against the terrorist scourge.
This day, we vow not to allow any extremist mentality to take our country and nation hostage to their bigoted dream, “he said.
Opposition leader at the Shehbaz Sharif National Assembly said December 16 was “the blackest day in the history of the country.”
“Pained by the APS tragedy’s soul-searing memories,” he said.
“The wounds of the martyrdom of innocent APS schoolchildren left on the heart and soul are impossible to eradicate, a pain that time can not cure. My heartfelt condolences to all families” added the president of the PML-N.
In addressing an activity in Islamabad, Pakistan’s Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa said the APS assault shook the nation as a whole and made the country rethink its approach to countering terrorism.
“The lesson we get from the Army Public School incident that took place a few years ago on this very day is that[ it] was an accident that shook us all and shook us out of that slumber.
“This actually prompted us to rethink our strategies. Terrorism had been going on for many years before that incident, but that was the incident where we realized that it was enough and then we, as a country, decided we had to do something about it,” he said.
The chief justice said the National Action Plan was planned and the plan had been sponsored by the entire nation.
“If we come together on one mission, we can work wonders throughout the country,” he said.
National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser said in his message: “We will always recall the sacrifices of the students and teachers martyred in the APS attack.”
He said in a press release issued on Monday that following the passing of five years, the wounds from the deadly attack are still fresh. “The martyrs united the world as a whole in the fight against terrorism,” he said.
He stated that in order to curb terrorist acts such as the attack on APS, we must eradicate terrorists.
“A day that can never be forgotten— such an intense tragedy that shook the nation to its heart— the APS terror attack that took away the lives of so many innocent children and their teachers,” Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari said on Twitter.
“We’ve all left tears and prayers alongside a determination to ensure’ never again’,” she said.
PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari called it “a travesty” that even now the report of the APS commission has not been released.
“That justice has not been done is a government failure. It is inexcusable that the National Action Plan (NAP) is still not being enforced,” he said.
“I know the pain of all those who have lost loved ones as a victim of terrorism, one who has yet to find justice. And to them I say, I am with you.”
MNA Ali Wazir said that “the pain is very deep and our minds can not be erased.”
“Every peaceful day in Pakistan is a tribute to our youngest soldiers … we haven’t forgotten,” said Zulfiqar Bukhari, Special Assistant to the Overseas Prime Minister.
Armed militants stormed APS, Peshawar on Dec 16, 2014, and carried out the most deadly attack in the recent history of the country.
The insurgents, wearing paramilitary uniforms, used ladders to scaled the rear wall of the school on Warsak Road and cut the wire barbed along the top of the wall. They opened fire in all directions when they were inside the classroom.
The unlawful Mullah Fazlullah-led Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan claimed responsibility for the attack. In public opinion, the assault on APS saw a change in the country’s fight against militancy. News report on Military courts hanged 5 criminals in APS tragedy: COAS
Following the attack, Operation Zarb-e-Azb was escalated by the army in tribal areas where insurgents had previously worked with impunity, and the government announced the launch of the comprehensive National Action Plan to combat militancy.