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Love & Support pour in from World for families of APS victims

Five years on, the poignant memories of Army Public School Peshawar continue to torment the nation. Social media users are outpouring the messages of affection in veneration for the martyrs of APS attack that claimed the lives of nearly 132 students besides school staff and teachers.

Marked as the ‘Black Day‘ in Pakistan, 16th December evokes anguish and spine-chilling memories of the drab morning on which the Taliban assailants stormed the school and opened indiscriminate firing on the students. Each APS martyrs have set tales of bravery and uprightness against the cowardly terror attack on 16th December.

Social media users are convinced that the APS martyrs and their exceptional sacrifices are unforgettable. The survivors and the families of the victims are reprising the memories of their beloveds today on the fifth anniversary of the attack.

Army Public School attack is trending atop in the worldwide trends on social media. Colossal messages of solidarity and reverence for the APS victims flourished on Twitter.

Ministry of Overseas Pakistani and other notable figures shared their message for APS martyrs.

Federal Minister of Human Rights, Shireen Mazari, in her Twitter message, expressed her pain which echoed the collective sentiments of the nation. She wrote that while Pakistan was shaken to the core it also pledged that to never let that happen again.

The spineless Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan had accepted the responsibility of the attack. The attack was said to be in vengeance of the military operation Zarb-e-Azb in which Pakistan armed forces assaulted the terrorist hideouts in North Waziristan. TTP suffered heavy losses in the military operation.

Read more: Prince William honours APS survivor Ahmad Nawaz in Kensington Palace

The official Twitter account of Director General Inter-Services Public Relations posted a sturdy message of the Chief of Army Staff. The COAS General Qamar Javed Bajwa appreciated the achievements of the armed forces to root out the evil of terrorism from Pakistan. He expressed solidarity with the bereaved families on the occasion. Adding that the unity of the nation will thrust Pakistan towards lasting peace and prosperity.

Federal Minister for Science and Technology, Fawad Chaudhry, also posted the images of the martyred students and expressed solidarity with the victims’ families.

Actress and child rights activist, Nadia Jamil, also shared a heartfelt message on her Twitter account.

The tenacious APS survivors

Meanwhile, The tenacious APS survivors have kept their resolve high to overpower the deadly terror attack. From losing friends and siblings in the attack, theses survivors are carving out positive experiences from dreadful memories. Undoubtedly setting remarkable instances for others to follow.

Ahmed Nawaz, the fortunate survivor of the APS attack in 2014, has become the first Pakistani to receive the Princess Diana Award for his anti-radicalization campaign.

Ahmad Nawaz was part of the group of 20 international students who were awarded The Legacy Award.

He expressed gratitude to Prince William for a humble invitation. Adding that he shared his global campaign for the empowerment and sustainability of the youth. Ahmad Nawaz in his Twitter message added that Prince William told him he loved his recent visit to Pakistan.

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Another bright APS survivor is Waleed Khan, who converted his traumatic experience of APS attack into his passion to uplift people and drive them to achieve his goals. Waleed Khan has become a motivational speaker despite living the dreadful consequences of the APS attack. Earlier, this month, Waleed underwent his 12th plastic surgery. Waleed Khan suffered six bullets in the horrendous attack.