Peshawar which recently witnessed a horrific terrorist attack on an Army Public School which killed 131 children is still somber and sadness defines the life of this Pakistani City Known as Flower City. But the will to fight back is there and the signs of all this became clear last Monday when in a big step towards Limping normalcy, the army-run Peshawar school which was ravaged by Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan nearly three weeks ago resumed its classes with even injured students thronging to schools .
Pertinently, Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif personally received the students and met the parents at the school. He also attended a commemorative service held at the school and sung the national anthem in honour of those who lost their lives during the terror attack. The attack on December 16 had claimed 148 lives, including 132 school children.
In another heartening development, Meanwhile, the structure of the school has been renovated while the cleansing work has also been completed. Vacations in all educational institutions across the country were extended due to security reasons. After enhancement of security measures these educational institutions resumed classes on last Monday.
People of brutalized Peshawar City are showing the will power to fight the carnage of inhuman elements. As the legendary personality of late Nelson Mandela had beautifully stated, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”More powerful than the terror inflicted by gunshots. More powerful than the fear and darkness which overcame Peshawar on this dark moment in history when it last 131 young children and 15 brave teachers but the city seems to be remembering the importance of education very well.
One hopes that resilience shown by Peshawar will transform the country of Pakistan into a positive country full of peace and prosperity.