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The Only Truly Dead Are Those Who Have Been Forgotten

by Ayesha Saeed
APS incident in our memories

In reference to the APS (army public school) incident where innocents equal to the martyred of battle. They have never fought, but their rank is higher in JANNAH. You cannot be forgotten; you can’t be.


Although it may be hard to believe that they are dead, they are in the realms of death. There are people out there who have no recollection of you whatsoever happened. They don’t want to remember their face, their voice, or even the sound of their name. In a way, they might not be dead to them.

This is a difficult realization to come to terms with, especially for the parents you’ve invested a lot of their self into those kids. But it’s important to remember that just because they can’t come back doesn’t mean that they are forgotten. Kids, you mattered in their life, and you still do.

It’s also worth noting that not everyone forgets easily. For some people, the memories of those they’ve loved are always with them. Even if they can’t see your face or hear your voice, they still feel the warmth of your presence in their heart.


You are not forgotten

You are alive

You are still in my limbs

I can feel you

I can touch you

To have you as my son

In the shape of preserved blood clotted uniform

With aching heart

I miss you son

And love you so

It has taken you away with pride son

But death cannot change a single thing

The memories will still remain

Only dead are those who have been forgotten

You are alive son

You are alive



The wounds APS attack are unhealed:

The army public school shooting and massacre unearthed the wounds, buried some years ago, of when the school was targeted by militants.

The victims of the APS shooting have not healed from their memories of the incident. Many are still struggling to cope with what happened, and some have even turned to self-harm in order to deal with their pain. Some students say that they struggle to focus in school or even leave their homes, due to the fear that another shooting could occur. For many, the fear of returning to school is very real.

The Incident Took Place:

It was a cold winter morning in December 2014 when gunmen armed with AK-47s stormed the school, the Army Public School in Peshawar, Pakistan.

“My friends and I were in the middle of our first-period English class when we heard gunshots ring through the school. We didn’t think anything of it since these were the sounds, we had heard every day on our way to school. We went back to reading our English text book and tried to ignore the noises. But soon after, we heard loud footsteps coming towards our classroom”


A Few Days Back:

A group of students came to school in their white uniforms, they were shouting slogans for peace and love, they wanted to live in an Islamic State where everyone is equal no one discriminates on the basis of color, race or religion.

The dream of these students shattered when on December 16, 2014, nine members of the school staff were shot dead. A day later, 149 people, most of whom were students, were killed in an attack by the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

The years have passed but the memories of those students have not faded rather they have become stronger. These students were not ordinary children, they were the hope for a better future of Pakistan.

They had dreams, ambitions and loved their country, but all were taken away in a single day. The terrorists killed innocent children and destroyed the future of Pakistan.

In Pakistan, Pains Of Peshawar School Attack Revives Each December:

APS incident can’t be forgotten in history

The students gather around the small fire in a courtyard at the reopened school in Peshawar, their winter coats providing some warmth against the cold.

This is where they used to come before militants attacked the Army Public School here on December 16, 2014, killing 150 people, most of them children.

This year, for the first time since the massacre, the school is open in winter. But the memories of that day are still fresh for the students.

“I can’t forget what happened,” said Ayesha Khan, a sixth-grader. “I had to leave my friends behind.”

Khan was among the students who fled the school as gunmen went from classroom to classroom, shooting students and teachers.

She and her classmates now gather around the fire each morning before classes start, sharing stories and trying to warm up.


“It’s very difficult for me to come here,” Khan said. “But I have to face my fears.”


The reopening of the school in winter is a sign of progress in Pakistan, which has been struggling to come to terms with the attack.

The militant group Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan claimed responsibility for the assault, saying it was in retaliation for military operations against the group in the tribal areas.

The massacre horrified the world and led to calls for tougher action against militants in Pakistan.

Since then, there have been several terrorist attacks in the country, but none on the scale of Peshawar.

In October, a suicide bomber killed more than 60 people at a religious shrine in Balochistan province. In December, a bomb targeting Christians celebrating Christmas killed at least nine people in Lahore.

But despite the violence, there are also signs of progress:

The attack on the school in Peshawar was the deadliest in Pakistan’s history, but it also led to a change in attitude among many Pakistanis about the Taliban and other militant groups.

There has been a growing backlash against militants, and the government has stepped up efforts to combat them.

Security has been tightened at schools throughout the country, and this year there have been no major terrorist attacks on educational institutions.

“The militants wanted to silence us with this attack, but they failed,” said Mohammad Akram, the headteacher of the reopened school. “We are not afraid of them anymore.”

Akram said he was proud that his school was reopening in winter, despite the memories it might evoke.

“It shows we are resilient,” he said.

Before the attack, Akram used to fear for his own school’s safety, but since then, he has become more optimistic about Pakistan’s future.


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