LAHORE: A book “Mata’a-e-Watan” written by Rabia Rehman Rohi to pay homage and highlight the sacrifices of martyrs of the Army Public School (APS) Peshawar, was launched at Al-hamrah Art Council here Saturday.
Addressing the ceremony, Provincial Minister for Education Rana Mashhood Hussain said the government would not rest till elimination of last terrorist.
He said the great sacrifices of the martyred children had bolstered our courage and resolve in the war against terrorism, adding that debt of the blood of martyred children would be repaid by completely eliminating terrorists.
The minister said that about 60,000 people including officers and Jawans of Pak army, police, children and citizens had sacrificed their lives in the war against terrorism.
Rana Mashhood said the entire nation was united for elimination of terrorism, adding that peace would be restored in Pakistan by exemplary unity of the nation.
Speaking on the occasion, Provincial Finance Minister Ayesha Ghaus said that innocent children sacrificed their precious lives for the achievement of a great cause as they united the nation against the terrorism and extremism.
She said that their everlasting sacrifices would not go waste as terrorism and extremism would be eradicated from the country.
The minister said that on this day, “We have to renew our pledge to maintain this unity in order to overcome intolerance from the society as it was the cause of extremism and terrorism.”
She said that there was no room for terrorism and extremism in the Pakistan of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and the society would be established based on tolerance.
The speakers paid tributes and highlighted the sacrifices rendered by the APS children.
The parents and families of martyred children, Maj General (retd) Rahat Latif, educations, columnists, scholars and others were also present on the occasion.