Social group Rwadari Tehreek has called for an end to hatred, extremism and terrorism as it marks the second anniversary of the heinous Army Public School Peshawar attack. Two years back, on December 16, terrorists launched a deadly attack at the APS killing innocent school children, teachers and the Principal.
For this reason, the social group has organized a “Protest Camp” today December 16, at Charing Cross- Mall Road- Lahore. The protest camp was scheduled to start at 10 am, and will last till 4pm. “This protest has been organized in order to express our unity against the hatred, religious extremism and terrorism and to express solidarity with all those who lost their lives at the Army Public School- Peshawar on 16 December 2014 and all other terrorist attacks,” Rwadari Tehreek stated in a pre-camp statement.
At the same time Rwadari Tehreek called upon the government of Pakistan to declare December 16 as a “National Day Against Extremism and Terrorism.” In a statement sent to Christians in Pakistan, Rwadari Tehreek had urged all to participate in this protest camp: “You are all invited to join this Protest Camp with your family and friends and support the cause of Rwadari Tehreek which is social a movement based on the philosophy of non-violence and has been initiated to mobilize people in favor of religious tolerance, respect of all types of diversity to counter the menace of religious extremism intolerance and terrorism prevailing in the society. “
Two years ago today, on December 16, 2014 more than 140 people, including 132 schoolchildren, were massacred in an attack what has been rightfully termed as the deadliest terrorist strike in Pakistan’s history. Early morning terrorists stormed Army Public School and started indiscriminately killing everyone.
While remembering the fallen, the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif expressed his condolences to families of the victims of the Army Public School attack. “Today reminds us of the horrific APS incident,” he said. The Premier further added that that the entire nation stands with the bereaved families in their times of sorrow.
He reiterated the resolution that the leadership of the country is determined to do way with the scourge of terrorism once for all. “We have no mercy in our hearts for these ruthless murderers who killed our innocent children,” he said.
In this regard, a memorial was held at Army Public School Peshawar earlier today. Tributes were paid to the victims of the tragic incident. This memorial was attended by Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Bajwa, Corps Commander Peshawar Lt Gen Hidayat ur Rehman and Governor of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Iqbal Zafar Jhagra, along with APS students, teachers and families of the martyred.