Provincial Minister for Labour and HR Raja Ashfaq Sarwar said on Sunday that sacrifices of martyrs of Army Public School, Peshawar will not be forgotten at any cost and the government would flush out terrorism from the country with the help of its brave citizens and security forces.
Speaking at a ceremony of special children organized by Rawalpindi Arts Council in connection with “Shuhada-e-Army Public School Peshawar Week”, the minister lauded the efforts of Pak Army to end the menace of terrorism and extremism from the country and success of operation Zarb-e-Azb. MPAs Lubna Rehan and Rahat Qudosi, PML-N Leaders Sardar Naseem and Dr Nasir Jamal, representatives of government departments, teachers, students, special children and parents attended the ceremony.
Raja Ashfaq Sarwar said that purpose of the ceremony is to deliver the message to heirs of the martyrs of APS that Pakistani nation is with them, sharing their tragic and irreparable loss. Paying tribute to principal Tahira Qazi, the minister said that during the attack she had come out of the school, but went back saying “My Children are in there” and had embraced martyrdom.
Raja Ashfaq Sarwar said that the incident had united the whole nation against terrorism and it backed the armed forces in their fight against terrorists.
During the event, children presented tableaus, folk songs, poems, speeches, folk dances and patriotic songs. The event was organized in collaboration with Punjab Special Education Department. The minister said that more than 68 thousand special children were receiving education throughout Pakistan. He said that it is the need of the hour to encourage such children to become a useful part of society by creating awareness among parents of such children to educate them.