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APS carnage will never be forgotten, COAS, President say on 5th anniversary of horrific attack

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, on the fifth anniversary of the Army Public School (APS) attack, said the carnage will never be forgotten. On Dec 16, 2014, six terrorists affiliated with the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan carried out the horrific attack on the school and killed 132 innocent students and 17 staff members. In a tweet on Monday via the Inter-Services Public Relations account, Gen Bajwa stated: Five of the involved terrorists have been hanged through military courts. Salute to martyrs and their families. We have come a long way in failing terrorism as a nation. United we move towards lasting peace and prosperity of Pakistan, he said. President Arif Alvi in his message said the nation cannot forget the massacre of little angels/teachers . Hard to commemorate this day without tears in one s eyes. In its remembrance, we reiterate our pledge to root out terrorism and extremism in all its manifestations from our country, he said. A day that can never be forgotten — a tragedy so intense it shook the nation to its core — the APS terror attack that took away the lives of so many innocent children along with their teachers, Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari said on Twitter. Tears and prayers are all we have left alongside a resolve to ensure never again , she said. PPP Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari called it a travesty that the APS commission report hasn’t been released even now. It is a failure of the state that justice has not been served. Its inexcusable that the National Action Plan (NAP) still isn t implemented, he said. As a victim of terrorism, one who has yet to find justice, I know the pain of all those who lost loved ones. And to them I say, I am with you. Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Overseas Pakistanis Zulfiqar Bukhari maintained that, the most beautiful flowers of our garden paved the way for our freedom. Each peaceful day in Pakistan is a tribute to our youngest soldiers ... we have not forgotten. More to follow

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