PR No. 160 Islamabad: December 16, 2015

“The international community must understand our pain. It hurts us when we see Pakistan being painted by some with closed eyes. No other country has suffered the most from violent extremism than Pakistan”, this was stated by High Commissioner Abdul Basit while speaking at the commemoration ceremony held at the High Commission today to mark the first anniversary of the   martyrs of Army Public School, Peshawar, says a press release received here today from India.

High Commissioner Basit said that the Army Public School tragedy was the defining moment; the people of Pakistan would never let the sacrifices made by the young children go waste. We are resolved to eliminate terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. He said “terrorism targets innocent civilians; therefore it cannot be justified whatsoever; we have no option but to fight it to the end”.

The High Commissioner further stated that we need understanding of all to fight this cancer. “Terrorism is a global, regional, national and local phenomenon; it could not be defeated through half-baked and incoherent strategies.  We must transcend our individual and collective biases to eliminate terrorism and ensure that this menace does not resurface anywhere in the world. Abdul Basit said that terrorism has no religion and no faith.  It is up against our civilization and creating anarchy and disorder.  No country, however preponderant, can be complacent when it comes to terrorism. We will triumph over it only if we fight together.

Highlighting achievements of the Zarb-e-Azb operation, the High Commissioner said it was continuing and would continue till its objectives were achieved in their entirety. ‘Zarb-e-Azb’ operation may take more time but it is irreversible and its success is a foregone conclusion.  Cowered terrorists cannot win against the iron will of the people of Pakistan.  Terrorists are destined to go to hell whatever their faith and religion”, he said.

During the ceremony one minute silence was observed by the participants and candles were lit in the memory of the martyrs. The ceremony was concluded with the prayers for the success of ‘Zarb-e-Azb’ operation, prosperity and well being of Pakistan.