PESHAWAR – Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Bajwa has said the nation will not rest until the blood of every APS martyr is avenged.
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Addressing the main memorial at the Army Public School in Peshawar earlier today, organised as a tribute to the martyrs of the tragedy, General Qamar Bajwa said the martyrs of the APS tragedy can never be forgotten.
‘The blood of the martyrs is a loan on us. We will not rest until we pay it back. We will not rest until terrorism is exterminated from our soil,” he said.
The Army Chief said that the terrorists had failed to break the nation’s spirit. He claimed that he kept pictures of the schoolchildren martyred in the APS attack in his office to keep himself motivated about rooting out terrorism.
COAS Gen Qamar Bajwa, accompanied by other officials, laid wreaths at Yadgar-e-Shuhda in memory of the martyrs.
Senior civil-military leaders including Corps Commander Peshawar Lt Gen Hidayat ur Rehman and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra attended the memorial, along with students and families of the martyred.
Two years ago today, on December 16, 147 people, including 132 schoolchildren, were massacred when terrorists stormed Army Public School in Peshawar Cantonment and started indiscriminately killing everyone in sight.