The sun of 16 December 2014 has witnessed the bloodiest day in the history of Pakistan. The punitive icy winds of December have mourned over the horrific crushing of buds and petals in the city of flowers, Peshawar. The siege began at 10:20 AM, while a group of militants wearing suicide jackets and with heavy ammunition unleashed the fury of bullets on the students and teachers throughout the campus. An eight-hour surgical procedure (including security clearance) of the Pakistan Army in Army Public School was a ground-breaking accomplishment, but more than 150 students and teachers left us as well.
The nation bewailed, got uncountable condemnation from the world. The innocent blood spilled in the classrooms, auditorium, play area, walls depicted the dismaying picture of the brutal slaughter of students of Army Public School. The outrageous massacre gave shivers to the spine of every single Pakistani. Candlelight vigils, the tributes paid from every platform of Pakistan.
We blubbered, we wailed, but if we scrutinize the other side of the picture, it was the incident for those who were continuously criticizing Operation Zarb-e-Azb, which was on-going in North Waziristan. Specific people dragged Islam in this mental process and openly threatened and censured Pakistan Army for this initiative. However, the incident shifted the mentality of Pakistanis who voiced over the military-led operations in northern areas of Pakistan. However, the APS attack was unambiguously operated by the militants from the other side of the border; Afghanistan. It gave a mental blow to all criticisms. The attack spurred the country into taking on the militancy like never before and vanished the distinction between the Good and Bad Taliban.
The consequence of such cold-hearted spasm congregated the nation on one stump. After a few days of the attack, the government of Pakistan took on board all stakeholders of Pakistan, including Pakistan Army, came up with a substantial plan to combat the militancy in Pakistan, the plan was called National Action Plan (NAP).
NAP brought fruit in the few months of its enforcement. The operation was launched across the country. According to the sources, Security forces have carried out 53,376 combing operations, as a result of which 60,420 insurgents arrested, 24,436 suspects, 188 hardcore militants names were added to the Exit Control List (ECL). Law enforcement agencies recovered Rs. 251.2 million in cash, which was traded through Hawala and State Bank of Pakistan froze roughly 126 accounts, containing RS 126 Billion.
Another landmark decision also led by the Pakistani legislators was the Supreme Court passing the 21st Amendment to the Constitution of Pakistan and Pak Army amendment bill to temporarily allow the military tribunals to rebuke the militants accused of waging war against the state. Pakistani Military Courts had the Law with absolute power. General (R) Raheel Sharif signed on more than 300 militants’ death warrants.
However, the annihilation has broadened the perspective of all and sundry. Each time, a heart-wrenching carnage happens in Pakistan, it reunites the country, irrespective of any sectarian differences, races or cast. But a point raised here that, do we need a deadly blitz to reunite us momentarily?
The miserable tale of Army Public School massacre gave a light beam of hope and motivation to Pakistanis. The survivors of such attacks are the young champions of Pakistan. Their audacity and courageousness gave a clear message of not to give up in front of such inhumane militants. The target of an uneducated Pakistan will remain a delusion. We escalated as the most spirited nation than ever and completely buttress the armed forces of Pakistan in their operations in elimination of terrorism. The void of the deceased students can never be filled, but the bravery of the survivors and the families of victims will always remain a hallmark of bravery in the history of Pakistan.