Pakistan reiterates resolve to uproot menace of terrorism and extremism

Tragedy reminds us to be united and resolute to fight the monster of terrorism and extremism in the country: NA Speaker

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ISLAMABAD:The Army Public School (APS) attack was a great national tragedy, the losses of the parents and kins of shuhada were irreparable but the nation stood with the affected and Pakistan never lost sight of its national resolve to wipe out foreign sponsored terrorism to prevent and guard against such heinous crime against its citizens.

Army Public School (APS) – Peshawar massacre was carried out in a terrorist attack in which seven heavily armed TTP fighters assaulted an Army-run Secondary school in Peshawar on December 16, 2014.

During the attack 134 students within the age bracket of 12 – 18 years were brutally martyred. Martyred also included few teachers, the Principal of the school. It was a Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) executed attack but planned and financed by Indian Intelligence Agency, RAW and Afghan Intelligence, NDS.

World was experiencing global spread of terrorism and Pakistan had been one of the worst affected countries. Major cities of Pakistan were affected due to terrorism but Peshawar, the capital city of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and home to a huge majority of Afghan refugees witnessed some of the very brutal attacks.

Pakistani citizens had faced huge losses in terms of lives and material due to foreign assisted/ funded terrorist’s activities executed through political, secessionist, sectarian, ethnic and religious fundamentalists sponsored by hostile states.

Terrorist attacks staged in Pakistan had killed over 80000 people and inflicted massive damage to the Pakistani economy totaling greater than $67 billion.

Pakistan issued a number of dossiers exposing Indian sponsored terrorism in Pakistan which included very specific information such as bank accounts and Indian nationals involved. It also included information about places of training camps for TTP, Baloch anarchist and others groups.

It was also revealed that Indian intelligence (RAW) spent $1 million for the merger of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) with four other militant groups for terrorism in Pakistan. India had also been funneling money to Baloch anarchists through think tanks in Afghanistan and other means.

Indian RAW had also invested heavily to disrupt the progress of CPEC by attacking its projects through different groups.

The mastermind of the APS attack was Mullah Fazal Ullah (killed), other collaborators were Gul Zaman Orakzai, Omar Narai (killed) and Muhammad Khurassani (Afghan custody), they were in touch with RAW and NDS handlers in Afghanistan.

The attack was considered as Pakistan’s 9/11. After this incident Pak Army decided to launch major operations against terrorists and eliminate them.

APS attack was one of its kind highly brutal terrorist activity which targeted innocent children and teachers.

The attack was aimed to damage Pakistan’s armed forces sacrifices and successes in war on terror operations. Further the attack was planned and executed by Indian RAW and Afghan NDS to break the Pakistani nation’s resolve against terrorism.

Contrary to this Pakistan Army and nation emerged as stronger and more resilient in its commitment to eliminate the menace of terrorism from its soil. Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser and Deputy Speaker Mr. Qasim Khan Suri has said that 16th December reminds us the tragic and barbarous acts of extremists and terrorists who killed innocent children and Teachers in Army Public School, Peshawar for their nefarious designs. They said that such barbarity and cruelty is unprecedented as no religion allows killing humanity. They said that sacrifices of the innocent children of APS Peshawar will not go wasted and the scourge of terrorism and extremism would be rooted out from the society.They expressed these views on commemoration of the tragic incident of 16th December 2014 when more than 132 children and Teacher were martyred.

The Speaker said that the Pakistani nation and leadership took a clear and categorical decision for an indiscriminate action against terrorists after the APS incident. He said that Pakistan is a Nation which is matchless in bravery and resoluteness and would emerge as victorious and prosperous at the end of the day. He remarked that Pakistani nation would always stand with the bereaved families and would continue to share their inexpressible grieve.

The Speaker remarked that with the support of nation, the Armed forces have achieved peace and harmony in the country through Zarb-e-Azab operation. He mentioned that the way our armed forces tackled scourge of terrorism and extremism had been acclaimed worldwide.

Deputy Speaker Qasim Khan Suri also expressed his deep grief on the sad incident. He said that the people of Pakistan were resilient and has withstood the hardest times. He expressed his optimism that with the concerted efforts of the government and the Armed forces, the scourge of terrorism would be exterminated forever.

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