Peshawar remembers victims of APS carnage on third anniversary

Islamabad: Peshawarittes on Saturday observed the third anniversary of the Army Public School (APS) carnage, in which 144 people were martyred by terrorists, in a dismal way at school campus in Peshawar.

Parents of the APS martyrs, Peshawar Corps Commander Lt Gen Nazir Ahmad Butt, inspector general Frontier Constabulary (FC) and members of the civil society attended the ceremony to pay tribute to the victims of the carnage.

Lt Gen Butt laid a floral wreath at the monument of APS victims and prayed for the departed souls. A Quran khwani was also arranged where parents, civilians and armed forces personnel participated.

Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militants had stormed the school on Dec 16, 2014, killing at least 144 people ─ most of whom were children.

The deadliest attack in Pakistan’s history, the carnage prompted the government to declare an all-out war against terrorist outfits in the country. In the wake of the attack, military courts were set up for trying terrorists under amendments made to the Constitution and the Army Act.

The mastermind of the APS massacre, Umar Mansour, alias Khalifa Mansour, alias Umar Naray, was killed in a drone strike in Afghanistan last year.

Educational institutions have remained the easy target of terrorists since Pakistan joined the American led so called war on terror. Students of Bacha Khan University and Agriculture Training Institute became the soft targets during past three years.

KP police official frequently pay visits to schools in connection with security arrangements following the APS attack, Dawn News reported.

Police had issued 70,000 security advisories and more than 7,000 warnings to different schools on security-related matters. Nearly 60,000 educational institutes are functional in the province while the police has 85,000 personnel in its ranks.

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