n one of the bloodiest-ever terror attacks in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Peshawar city, six militants mercilessly killed at least 141 people, including 132 children and nine staff members of the Army Public School and College in Peshawar, on December 16, 2014.

After eight hours operation, soldiers of Pakistan army killed all terrorists and cleared the school area. Later, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the ghastly act.

The tragic loss of the lives of innocent children moved the entire world deeply. It hardened public opinion against extremism and prompted a military-led crackdown against the terrorist networks.

Several culprits linked to massacre have been killed since 2014 when army intensified an offensive against militants in tribal areas and the government launched National Action Plan (NAP).

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the then Chief of Army Staff, Gen. Raheel Sharif including leaders of various political and religious parties strongly condemned the heinous attack at the Peshawar school. PTI Chief Imran Khan called off the December 18 (2014) countrywide shutdown, and also decided to cooperate with the government against terrorism.

Former army chief rushed to Kabul on December 17, 2014, a day after the APS attack and held meeting with his Afghan counterpart, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and the ISAF commander. ISPR claimed that the COAS presented evidence of the Peshawar massacre’s linkage with TTP sanctuaries in Afghan provinces of Kunar and Nuristan. He also asked the extradition of the TTP chief of Mullah Fazlullah, and handing over to Pakistan.