Country marks one month since Peshawar school attack

Published: January 16, 2015
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Three JF-17 jets flew over Peshawar's APS on January 16 to salute the victims and survivors of last month's militant attack. PHOTO: INP

Three JF-17 jets flew over Peshawar's APS on January 16 to salute the victims and survivors of last month's militant attack. PHOTO: INP

KARACHI: Ceremonies were held in different parts of the country to mark the one-month anniversary of the deadly attack in a army-run school in Peshawar, Radio Pakistan reported.

The school was attacked on December 16 by the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), who killed 150 people, including over 130 children.

A Pakistan Air Force (PAF) spokesperson said three JF-17 thunder jets presented a fly past over the Army Public School to pay homage to those who lost their lives in the attack.

Further, in Lahore, a human chain was formed at the Army Public School.

A candle vigil was also organised outside Parliament House in Islamabad. Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid, while addressing the vigil, said the nation is united against terrorists, and no militant will be given refuge in Pakistan.

However, chants of Jiye Bhutto and Jiye Zardari drowned out the voices calling for justice for terror victims at the Do Talwar vigil in Karachi. Some even complained about the ‘hijack’ and politicisation of a protest which till that point had been largely led by the civil society. PPP supporters overwhelmed protesters and soon pictures of former President Asif Ali Zardari  and slain PPP chairperson Benazir Bhutto started to crowd out placards by civil society members and the pictures of terror victims.

PHOTO: MUNIRA ABBAS/EXPRESS

PHOTO: MUNIRA ABBAS/EXPRESS

Pakistan cricket team to visit APS

Meanwhile, the Pakistan cricket team is scheduled to visit APS in Peshawar tomorrow (Saturday), Express News reported.

Nine players of the team will visit the graveyard where the slain victims of the attack are buried, along with the families of the victims. They will also visit children who are still recovering from injuries in hospitals.

The team was under heavy scrutiny on Thursday when reports emerged of them visiting Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, and not the school.

 

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Reader Comments (9)

  • Jan 16, 2015 - 6:20PM

    PM still couldnt spare some time! What a shame.

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  • Nasir
    Jan 16, 2015 - 10:04PM

    We need action against the terrorists not lip service and photo opportunities for politicians

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  • F Khan
    Jan 16, 2015 - 10:31PM

    Let’s all Pakistanis pledge to ourselves, this wont happen to any of our child or school again…ever again….never again.

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  • Syed A. Mateen
    Jan 16, 2015 - 11:39PM

    I suggest to General Raheel Sharif, Chief of Army Staff, Pakistan Army to arrange to build “Memorial” within the four walls of the Army Public School, Peshawar, so that any body who visit the Army Public School should be able to pay homage to the Shauda’s.

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  • Parvez
    Jan 17, 2015 - 12:32AM

    ..and Imran Khan and PTI which governs KPK………was non-existent.

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  • Pakistani
    Jan 17, 2015 - 10:29AM

    @Parvez:
    Imran Khan and PTI is present with the APS children since day one, if you read news that is.

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  • Parvez
    Jan 17, 2015 - 1:06PM

    @Pakistani: My friend you are trying to defend the indefensible……..the PTI should get out of denial mode, accept its mistakes, make amends and move forward……and note I am still a PTI supporter because the PPP and PML-N are still worse…..and for no other reason.

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  • Mou thiunk he was throw
    Jan 17, 2015 - 3:27PM

    @Pakistani

    Neither IK or PTI was present. Dont make up things. Why do you think he was thrown out of APS by grieving parents. PTI trolls love to lie.

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  • Rhymetime
    Jan 17, 2015 - 9:02PM

    @pervez IK been there I think u were sleeping that time now u just woke up pakistani put the right question ? Where is our macro polo pm ?i hope u not pervez rasheed if u r then ur pathetic jhoota man whom nobody believes

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