Army chief General Raheel Sharif said on Wednesday that most of the terrorists involved in the methodical killing of more than a hundred students at the Army Public School in Peshawar in December last year have met their fate.
He made this announcement during a visit to the Corps Headquarters in Peshawar, where he hosted an Iftar dinner to honour the families of those martyred in the grisly attack.
“Begum Raheel Sharif also accompanied the army chief. Gen Raheel Sharif met each family of the shuhuda [martyrs] separately and expressed his profound grief and solidarity with them,” the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement.
While talking to the parents and families, Gen Raheel paid glowing tributes to those martyred and wounded in the December 16 carnage at APS Peshawar. He reiterated that the whole nation and the armed forces stand firmly with the families of the victims and acknowledge their great sacrifice for the motherland.
“The sacrifice of our young martyrs has united the nation. The tragic APS incident cannot be forgotten. No religion and society allows such a heinous act, and the terrorists who killed the innocent schoolchildren have no religion,” he said.
Sharing details of incident, the army chief informed the parents that most of the terrorists involved in the heinous act have met their fate. He added that the army operation will not stop until the last terrorist is eliminated from soil of Pakistan. Fateha for the martyred children, teachers and soldiers was also offered. The bereaved families thanked the army chief and Begum Raheel Sharif for reaching out to them in their moment of grief and sorrow, and for providing them with all possible assistance and support.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 16th, 2015.