Pakistan hockey team visits Army Public School


Peshawar: Pakistan national hockey team along with Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) top brass visited Army Public School, Peshawar to express their solidarity with the brave students, principal and school staff.

PHF President Akhtar Rasool Chaudhry, Head Coach Shahnaz Sheikh, Chief Selector Islahuddin Siddiqui and players of the national hockey team were in attendance.

Last month, when PHF was preparing to give a warm welcome to Pakistan hockey team after winning silver medal in Champions Trophy in India, the tragic event took place on December 16, when terrorists attacked and killed 150 innocent children of the school. The team made a low-profile return in the aftermath of the national tragedy.

The PHF President Akhtar Rasool, aIslahuddin, Shahnaz Sheikh and national players accompanied by Col Nadir and Col Nadeem laid a floral wreath on a monument in the school ground and offered Fateha for the Shaheeds.

PHF president said the sacrifices of the students have awakened the nation from deep slumber. “They are our real heroes and we are proud of them” Akhtar said while talking with the friends of martyred students. At this occasion Akhtar, a former Olympian, dedicated his team’s World Cup-1982, victory to the martyrs of the Army Public School.

On the occasion students, also vowed to fight against terrorism. “We are determined to fight and eliminate terrorists. They can’t intimidate us”, calm and composed students lined up in the school ground vowed collectively.

Zunain, a brave boy who sustained four bullets on his shoulder, arm and left foot, said that he clearly remember the carnage and said many of his class fellows were martyred in front of his eyes.

“I want to tell the terrorists that we are not afraid of you,” he said. Islahuddin Siddiqui gave his autobiography to Zunain.

The school children photographed with the national players and prayed for their further achievements in international hockey. On this occasion, PHF Senior Vice-President Mohammed Saeed Khan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Hockey Association Secretary Syed Zahir Shah were also present on the occasion.