Back to School

16th December 2014, was the Black Day for Pakistan. More than 142 lost their lives in Peshawar. It was the most saddening event of 2014 Taliban gunmen stormed Army Public Schools in Peshawar, killing at least 142, including 132 children and nine employees, with most of five hundred students evacuated. The shooting ends with all seven terrorists dead.

All students are excited today, do you know why? Because today their schools have re-opened after a gap of about one month…after attack on Peshawar’s APS school.

Today, Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif in APS Peshawar. He received students, met their parents. COAS and his wife also joined students in morning assembly, recited lab pe aati ha dua with students and stood there proudly to sing national anthem.

Army chief’s visit to APS Peshawar is a clear message to terrorists that our children will get the education at every cost. It was a small gesture but showed solidarity of nation against terrorism.  We all, as a nation, have to be united against extremism and terrorism.

Terrorism cannot be removed until and unless the ideology of terrorist alike minded or apologists of barbarians is changed. Zarb-e-Azb is, indeed, a good move for short term but for long term we need to impose educational emergency to overcome militancy and extremism.  This is possible if all of us stand with Government and politicians come forward.

As a nation, we need to work to root out terrorism as it isn’t only the job of army alone. Calling spade a spade is important. Politicians and social activists must move in their constituencies and educate their voters about menace of terrorism without any fear. They should also raise awareness among masses and ask them to stand against barbarians and their apologists.

Hats off to the courage of those parents who sent their little angels to Army Public School despite Peshawar massacre today. I want to say to students of the Army Public School Peshawar that we admire and respect your values and your courage against terrorism.

May Allah bless and protect our children who are going to their educational institutions again today (Amen).


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