Washington DC – (Asad Khan): The Embassy of Pakistan, Washington DC held a commemorative event paying tribute to 122 innocent children who were martyred by the terrorists in Army Public School (APS) Peshawar on December 16, 2014.
In dedication to the martyrs of the APS attack, “A Factsheet on Pakistan’s CT Effort” was launched.
The Factsheet details Pakistan’s CT efforts and enumerates the price the country has paid in blood and treasure in the fight against terrorism. It specifically highlights the heroic sacrifices of our valiant armed forces and civilian security forces in restoring normalcy in the country in general and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) in particular. The booklet previews the progress made under each point of 20-point National Action Plan (NAP), underlines Pakistan’s actions on anti-terrorist financing and lists the steps taken to strengthen National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA).
While commenting on the Factsheet, Mr. Marvin G. Wienbaum, Director for Pakistan Studies at the Middle East Institute said that the issuance of these facts was a positive step and the booklet was comprehensive in nature. However, he noted that considerable effort is in hand as the job was not yet done.
Speaking on the occasion, Ambassador Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry stated that Pakistan was winning the war against terrorism. He credited the success in this war to the unflinching commitment and supreme sacrifices of the people of Pakistan and its security forces.
The Ambassador underlined that the resolve of the nation of Pakistan remained strong to defeat terrorism. He underscored the need for a cooperative and synergetic approach to winning the global war against terrorism.
He reminded the local audience that the terrorism was a common enemy and the world should unite to fight it.
The event was attended by South Asia watchers, Pakistani-American community notables and covered by local and ethnic media.