7th anniversary of APS attack being observed today

7th anniversary of APS attack being observed today

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Peshawar: The 7th anniversary of a deadly school attack on Army Public School (APS) Peshawar that claimed the lives of over 140 people, mostly schoolchildren, is being observed across the country today (Thursday).

On December 16, 2014, six terrorists associated with the Pakistani Taliban (TTP) stormed the school and killed 147 students and teachers.

As the deadliest attack in Pakistan’s history, this massacre prompted the government to declare a full-scale war against a terrorist organization. After the attack, in accordance with amendments to the Constitution and the Army Law, a military court was established to try terrorists.

The mastermind of the APS massacre, Umar Mansour, alias Khalifa Mansour, alias Umar Naray, was killed in a drone strike in Afghanistan.

Seven years on — despite the counter-terrorism National Action Plan (NAP) that was chalked out days after the APS massacre and other security strategies — educational institutions in Khyber Pakhtunkhawa remain a relatively easy target for militants.

The massacre changed the perception of Pakistan against terrorism and people in the country raised voices for a uniformed action against all types of militants.

Following the attack, political parties and security departments formed a National Action Plan to stem extremism and terrorism.

Subsequently, the Pakistani parliament unanimously approved the establishment of a military court to quickly try hard-core terrorists.

According to reports, since the school attack, at least 1,584 terrorists have been arrested and imprisoned. In addition, 167 high-profile terrorists with positions were also detained or killed.

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