The third anniversary of the tragic terrorist attack on Army Public School in Peshawar was observed on Saturday.
On this day in 2014, six terrorists stormed the school and martyred one hundred and forty-seven students and teachers. The security forces promptly responded to the attack and killed all the terrorists.
Events were organized across the country to mark the day.
Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal says "16th December" is a day that commemorates us great sacrifice of innocent children of Army Public School Peshawar.
He said the war on terror is in progress and we have to maintain unity and stability among our ranks to win this war for our future generation.
Ahsan Iqbal said Pakistani nation will win this war against terrorism with a firm resolve and determination.
In a statement, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb said the sacrifices of the innocent martyrs of Army Public School Peshawar will always be remembered.
She said the country's security forces have rendered matchless sacrifices to save the country from terrorism.
The Minister said these sacrifices will not go waste and the whole nation stands united against terrorism.
Addressing MoU signing ceremony between National Press Club and PIMS hospital in Islamabad, she said the government is focusing on provision of best health and education facilities to people across the country.
She said journalists are also being provided Health Cards under the Prime Minister's Health Scheme.
Marriyum Aurangzeb said the Bill for the Protection and Security of Journalists shall be presented soon after some additions.
Minister of State for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali says that the martyred teachers and students of Army Public School are the heroes of the nation.
This he said while addressing a ceremony in the connection with the 3rd anniversary of APS attack in Faisalabad today.
He said after the attack the whole nation stood up united in the war against terrorism and wonderful successes have been achieved in this regard so far.
Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr. Muhammad Faisal says terrorism shall be defeated at any cost.
In his tweet message in connection with the third anniversary of the tragedy of Army Public School Peshawar today, he said we stand with the martyrs of Army Public School Peshawar.
Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that we cannot forget the martyrs of Army Public School Peshawar.
Talking to media after attending a program in Karachi today, he said the sacrifices of those children has united the nation against terrorists.
The 3rd anniversary of martyred students and teachers of Army Public School Peshawar was also observed in Balochistan.
In this connection, various functions were organized in schools of almost all the districts of the province to mark the day.