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‘Blood of innocent martyrs united the nation’

PESHAWAR - As the nation marks the first anniversary of Peshawar’s Army Public School on Wednesday, Pakistan’s top civil and military leadership honoured those who lost their lives during the attack in a sombre ceremony at the school.

Addressing the ceremony, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif termed the APS attack “an incident that shook the nation” and announced December 16 as the day of “national educational resolve.”

He said that the blood of innocent martyrs united the nation and the military and civil leadership sat together. “It was then when I said desperate times call for desperate measures.” He thanked the political leadership with whose cooperation the constitution was amended to set up military courts, and the National Action Plan was formulated.

“Our brave forces, security and civil institutions have come together as one in this mission,” the prime minister said, adding that Zarb-e-Azb military operation has broken the back of terrorists. “The blood of our children speaks in our war against terrorism,” he said.

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