PESHAWAR: The parents of martyred students of Army Public School Peshawar (APS) here Tuesday lauded Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif for renaming 122 colleges and schools of Islamabad after slain students.
They termed it as best tribute of the Federal Government on the first death anniversary to be observed on Wednesday with great respect and admiration.
Sharif Gul, Executive Education Officer Charssadda whose son Hasnain Sharif was martyred in a deadly terrorists attack on APS exactly one year ago, welcomed the Prime Minister’s decision for renaming 122 schools and colleges of Islamabad after APS martyrs and termed it a very positive initiative that will make the memories of the martyred students to last long and will remember them forever in golden words.
Talking to APP, the confident Sharif Gul said Khyber Pakthunkhwa Government had also named the century old Government Higher Secondary School No 1 Peshawar City after his martyred son Hasnain Sharif Shahhed who laid down his life during deadly attack on APS besides over 111 others Govt schools in the province after APS martyrs to honour them.
The naming of schools and colleges is the best tribute to APS martyrs on their first death anniversary, he said, adding this would remember their sacrifices forever and the upcoming generation will remember them in high esteem. “Both the Federal and KP Governments deserve appreciations for naming schools and colleges after APS martyrs”.
He said the best tributes for the APS martyrs on their first anniversary was to make concrete efforts for elimination of terrorism for lasting peace and provision of education to all in a secure environment.
Gul requested all who matters to ensure that the sacrifices of APS victims may not go in vein rather a durable peace be maintained in the country through unity and national cohesion. “I am proud of the sacrifice of my son who died for a noble cause
(education),” he said.
Recalling sweet memories of his martyred son, Sharif Gul said that he admitted Hasnain in APS after realizing his eagerness to become defender of Pakistan. “Hasnain Shaheed had affection for Pakistan Army and wanted to join Pak Army after completing his FSc,” he recalled. “I shifted Peshawar from a village in Nowshera with a sole objective to
get quality education for my sons in the provincial metropolis and secure a bright future for them,” he said.
He said the Shaheed was fond of swimming and horse riding and on holidays he along with his family used to visit Gilgit Balistan to fulfill his hobbies. “Hasnain Sharif had memorized first eight ‘Paras’ (Chapters) of the Holy Quran,” the grieved father recalled and said the sweet memories of his Shaheed son is still alive in his heart and sometimes makes it difficult for him to accept his death. “Still I am proud of my son’s martyrdom.”
“The martyrdom of Shaheed Hasnain gave me so much courage and I would not hesitate to present my other two sons to be sacrificed for the country whenever it requires,” he maintained.
Eighth class student Hasnain Sharif was among 144 martydrom of APS, who
was killed in a barbaric act of terrorists on December 16, 2014. To a question, Sharif Gul said that his wife and two sons had performed Umrah on the expenses of the Government following sacrifices of his son and thanked the Government for the same.
The first anniversary of the APS victims would be observed in APS Peshawar on Wednesday where a Martyrs Monument has been constructed in memory of the slain students.