Remembering APS martyrs: Taking revenge through education

Pakistan saw horrible incidents throughout its history of more than seven decades. One of the incidents that left everyone shocked was carnage in Army Public School Peshawar. Terrorists on 16 December 2014 got into APS and opened indiscriminate fires on minors whose faces before attack were glittering and who had dream of a bright future to serve not only their families but the entire nation. The smile on their face faded away as and with gunshots started.

Six terrorists with all their ferociousness entered school to carry on their nefarious agenda. At a time when terrorists were showing their cowardice by spraying bullets on minors, there were school’s staff including principle and children who faced terrorists dauntlessly.

Spreading education and becoming aware of importance of knowledge is key; lack of education in most of country nurtures such extreme mentality ultimately. It is the same message which was spread by slain students’ class fellows in shape of song soon after the unfortunate incident; spreading education is the only key to take revenge from enemy.

How can one even think of opening fire on children? Does this mentality still exist and did it use to exist in past? What ramifications did this event had on parents of the kids who lost their lives in cold blood?

As CJP said fall of Dhaka and APS carnage are national tragedies; we really need to learn from them. Now it is all on us if we want to learn anything from this carnage. Pakistan already suffered a lot in war against terrorism. More than 50,000 civilians and security personnel martyred further Pakistan suffered financial loss of more than $110 billion.

Sacrifice of APS martyrs have given us a lesson which is not supposed to be over and done by nation – the lesson of unity against terrorism. Instead of getting disunited, we need to join hands to take revenge – not through bullet but by pen. Spreading education and becoming aware of importance of knowledge is key; lack of education in most of country nurtures such extreme mentality ultimately. It is the same message which was spread by slain students’ class fellows in shape of song soon after the unfortunate incident; spreading education is the only key to take revenge.

As said by Confucius, “If your plan is for one year plant rice. If your plan is for ten years plant trees. If your plan is for one hundred years educate children.”

Major stakeholders after APS attack sat together to form National Action Plan (NAP) which was a holistic program to counter terrorism irrespective of any discrimination. On NAP, some of crucial goals have been obtained while others are yet to be realized. In fact, education should have also been top priority in NAP.

But whatever it is due to acting upon NAP – by launching multiple operations – that the terrorism has been controlled to a lot of extent and nation which used to face suicide attacks on daily basis seems to be at ease. BUT this is indeed not the end but the beginning, Pakistan yet to travel a long journey towards tackling the menace of terrorism. For this, we would have to act as a nation not as a group with diverse and unknown objectives. And most important of all, government should act swiftly to enroll millions of youngsters who are out of schools and can easily fall victim to terrorists’ agenda.

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