December 16, 2014, is one of the saddest days in the history of Pakistan when terrorists entered a school and killed over 140 people, mostly children. The entire nation mourned the loss for days. Today marks the six years of the Army Public School (APS) attack. Father of the little martyr Khuala of APS is now teaching children for free.
Six years ago today, a day that started off just like every other day but ended in sheer despair. Did people sleep that night? How many were strong enough to hold onto their faith? How did the families cope with their loss?
More so, the fortunate ones who survived, how will they ever recover after witnessing the unutterable? How does one come back from something so terrible? It is all hard to even think of, let alone go through. Six years of grieving, praying and holding onto the remaining strength and hope.
Altaf Hussain, the father of Shaheed little Khuala, who went to school for the first time in her life on December 6, 2014, taking a selfless step, has started giving free education to children to further his daughter’s mission.
Khaula was the youngest, and only female student killed in the horrific attack.
The first day of Khuala at school turned out to be the last day of her life. Her father, who is also a teacher at APS, Altaf Hussain is one of the few fortunate ones who made it to the list of APS attack survivors.
Now, the brave father, and a teacher who was shot three times in the school attack has announced now that he will be teaching for free to children to continue the educational mission of his martyred daughter and the APS martyr Khuala.
Khuala was keen to learn, says her father
Hussain, 47, who has been working as an English teacher at APS Peshawar for the last six years, told Express News that his daughter was very different from other girls. Books were her favorite thing and a pen was her strength, he shared. More so, she used to give her books to as many children as she could.
In addition to this, Hussain said that usually, children in the school are very close with the teachers who are everyone’s favorite. However, his daughter Khuala only liked teachers who were not close to many. At that time, a disabled teacher at school was her favorite.
“I can’t believe that the learning enthusiast went away so early. Her educational mission will always continue,” he said.
The father of the martyr further revealed that he reserves every Sunday for those children who do not have money for tuition or reading and writing. He gives free education to those children two days a week. After the APS tragedy, he believes the National Action Plan brought peace to the country and defeated the terrorists.
Here’s a story of an APS survivor – Muhammad Muneed Khan
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Needless to say, the loss suffered from the APS attack was beyond unbearable. The pain, the agony those families are under is unimaginable.
We pray, they all recover from it. As hard as it seems, they will be strong and ready to fight back with a vengeance to honor the memory of their loved ones. The world will never forget!
Story Courtesy: Express News
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