APS carnage will never be forgotten: Army Chief

RAWALPINDI, Pakistan: As the nation observes the 5th anniversary of Army Public School (APS) tragedy on Monday, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa has said that the APS carnage will never be forgotten, the Dispatch News Desk (DND) news agency reported.

On December 16, 2014, more than 150 people including 134 children and staff members of Army Public School in Peshawar lost their lives in a blatant act of terrorism carried out by the outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) at the school.APS carnage will never be forgotten: Army Chief

On the 5th anniversary of APS tragedy, the nation has pledged that nefarious design of the enemies will never be allowed to succeed.

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In a bid to remember the sacrifices of the innocent children, a number of activities and functions are being held across the Country while a special function has also been arranged at Peshawar’s Army Public School to pay homage to the martyred students and teachers of the school.

Meanwhile in his statement, the COAS said that five of the involved terrorists in APS carnage have been hanged through military courts.

Offering salute to martyrs and their families, the Army Chief said that we have come a long way in failing terrorism as a nation. He said that united we move towards lasting peace and prosperity of Pakistan.

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Earlier on Sunday, parents of martyred sons held a candlelight vigil on the APS Shuhada Memorial located outside the Peshawar Archives Library.

The parents with tears in their eyes were holding banners and pictures of their beloved martyred sons.