At the occasion of fist anniversary of the Army Public School massacre, Bishop Samuel Azariah has aired a special message for the families of the victims of APS terror strike. In a video message Bishop Azariah prayed for peace in Pakistan and the entire world.
Dear brothers, sisters, boys and girls, as I speak to you the nation of Pakistan remembers the first death anniversary of around one hundred and forty young students ranging from the ages of 6-12 years; brutally killed mercilessly murdered and shot in the Army Public School in Peshawar.
This was an act of terrorism done by the jihadists to teach a lesson to the armed forces of Pakistan by killing small innocent children which off course in not acceptable in any form, by any sane human being on the planet earth.
Today indeed is a day of remembrance, today indeed is a day of sadness for the whole country. As the country remembers the violence which had been done in the name of God and in the name of religion. As I speak to you I remind myself and every viewer in Pakistan and overseas that this year the birth day of the Prophet of Islam Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and Jesus Christ is almost coming close to one another.
The Muslims of the world will celebrate Eid-e-Milad un Nabi on the 24th of December and we celebrate the birth of Jesus on the 25th of December- founders of two major religions of the world. As we celebrate their birthdays, it is absolutely important for every Pakistani now to remember the purpose and objective of their faith and to implement their faith of love, peace, tolerance, forgiveness and harmony.
I hope the celebration of Christmas and Eid-e-Milad un Nabi this year would be a celebration which will develop tolerance and acceptance among the people of this country. Pakistan today is need of tolerance; I also take this opportunity on behalf of the Christian church and the Christian community of Pakistan to recognize and to give thanks to the brave sacrifices of the armed forces of Pakistan to attack the terrorists.They have done a wonderful job, I can say that terrorism in Pakistan definitely has been controlled if not eradicated.
I would also like to say a word to my brothers who do such kind of violent acts. Where will these acts lead you? What are you trying to achieve? Will you ever be able to achieve what you want to achieve in the manner that you are going about in Pakistan and in different parts of the world? You will never achieve the results this way. You will have to improve your thinking, you will have to improve your working strategy if you want to share your prospective of faith. You can not force your point or opinion on other people. Share your opinion in love, in mercy, in kindness and then only will people listen to you.
The days have gone when the gun and the dragger had its force, they no more have force. You can try to create fear but fear will never be successful, let me tell you that, so I pray for you as soon as the Christians and the good Muslims of Pakistan and the good Christians of Pakistan pray for you that may God give you all wisdom and to bring in peace and understanding and tolerance in this country.
Today is the day when we remember the families of the children who have been sacrificed, who have been killed without any purpose. It has been like a beautiful flower blooming in the garden; which has been cut off. Our prayers are with you that is the maximum I can say as a human being.
As a human being, we understand your pain, we understand your agony. It is only the Lord Almighty who will give you healing, will give you strength, will give you courage to recover from this great loss that has happened n your family. But let me assure you my dear parents that the sacrifices of your children will never go to waste, that the blood of your children will change the course of thinking of the people of Pakistan and probably also the thinking of these cruel people who want to force their way of life on the majority of the world.
I pray for peace in Pakistan, I pray for peace in the world. May God bless us all and may we all have a blessed celebration of Eid ul Milad un Nabi and Christmas. God bless you!”