Lahore: A seminar “To Pay tribute to the Heroes of APS incident” was organized by the CIG (Center of Inclusive Governance) at The University of Punjab, Lahore. A large number of students, teachers, media experts, and others attended the seminar.
CIG is an organisation that aspires to become national and regional leader in promoting inclusive governance by informing and influencing public policy through research and action, enhance existing stakeholder capacities, develop partnership and promote networking, and engage with all governments for bringing sustainable social change and justice.
Addressing to the seminar, the Pro-Vice Chancellor, University of the Punjab Prof. Dr. Saleem Mazhar said that five years have passed but the agony of losing our children is still fresh and it cannot be forgotten. The best payback to them is the elimination of extremism once for all. Talking to the students he urged that students must understand their role in the promotion of peace and harmony, and pledging bright future of this nation. He said there was a need to revise curriculum and focus on peace studies and the importance of peaceful co-existence and diversity.
Brig (retired) Ghazanfar also spoke on the topic and paid tribute to the heroes of APS tragedy and their families. He said APS tragedy shook every member of our society. That incident has not only raised so many questions about our social behavior but also united the nation that we would not forget our children. He said the nation stands united and is on road to recovery which shows people of Pakistan are resilient and know how to recover from tragedies.
Columnist and analyst Salman Abid and Anchor Mansoor Azam Qazi also spoke on this occasion. They said the media has also changed its approach since APS heartbreak and is playing its mature role in the promotion of harmony, co-existence, and peace in the society.
Salman Abid stated that more than 70,000 lives have been lost in the war of terror, which means we have offered a great contribution to save our nation and the world as-well. Since 2014, our target is crystal clear that no more terrorism and extremism would be tolerated at any cost and the elements involved in such activities will have no space to breath in our society.
Salman told the audience that state is committed to abolish all terrorist networks wherever those are in the country. He said APS carnage brought the whole nation on one point to stand against terrorism till its logical end, which is why National Action Plan (NAP) was formed unanimously. According to him, the obvious decline in the violent extremist activities in the last few years is the true example of the efforts state has made to ensure peace in the country.
On this occasion, journalist Mubasher Bukhari, Principal College of Earth & Environment Science Prof. Dr. Sajid Rashid Ahmed also expressed their feelings about APS incident. The event was moderated by journalist and Countering Vilolenct Extremism (CVE) expert Shehryar Waraich.
At the end of the seminar, President CIG Syed Abdul Karim acknowledged the participation of students, academicians, media persons, experts and others to be part of this gathering which is entirely held to honor our APS children and staff members. At this moment, he said our only goal is to observe permanent peace in this society and the elimination of all kinds of radical and extremist attitudes.