Age of 15 Young Martyrs of APSACS Peshawar
Age of 15 Young Martyrs of APSACS Peshawar

The attack began in the morning hours, with about half a dozen gunmen entering the school – and shooting at random, said police officer Javed Khan. Army commandos quickly arrived at the scene and started exchanging fire with the gunmen, he said. Students wearing their green school uniforms could be seen on Pakistani television, fleeing the area.[1] Attack

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Type:Suicide bombing,spree killing, hostage-taking, school shooting
Date: 16 December 2014
Time:10:30 PST – 19:56 PST
Location:The Army Public School, Warsak Road, Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
Defenders :Special Services Group
Perpetrators :Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan
Non-Fatal Injuries:114
Death:148 (including 7 attackers)
School Children Martyrs:132
Motive:Retaliation Against Operation Zarb-e-Azb
Target :Students and school staff
Attentively Listening:Lecture
Entered:Half a Dozen Gunmen
Attack Began:In The Morning
Khaula as a :Flower
Youngest Student Name:Khaula Bibi

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16 December 2014

When the nightmare unfolded, teachers and students of the Army Public School Peshawar had just returned to their classes after recess. Some students, including 18-year-old Yasir Iqbal, gathered in the large auditorium and were attentively listening to a lecture. Others sat at their desks, eyes on the clock instead of the blackboard, silently urging for the hands to move faster for the day to end so they could go home. In grade one, it was six-year-old Khaula’s first day of school. She was overjoyed that she had finally joined her siblings instead of staying home. It would be her only day at school.

Khaulas First Day of School

Khaula’s would become one of the 144 names—most of them children’s—on a long list created by a group of murderers that day at the school. The incomprehensibly high body count combined with the vulnerability of the victims make it the most horrific attack in Pakistan’s history. And while this number, 144, is a story unto itself, the 144 stories within it have to be told.

Eighth-Grader Uzair Ali

Eighth-grader Uzair Ali saw the attackers and leapt to shield his friends by lying on top of them. He was killed; shot 13 times, but he managed to save his companions. Fourteen-year-old Fahad Hussain opened a door so his friends could run out. He stayed by the door making sure everyone was evacuated. He was gunned down while doing so. Below are 144 accounts, of courage and sadness of children, women and men whose absence will be forever painful, always remembered.[2]  Eighth-Grader Uzair Ali 

Age of Fifteen Young Martyrs

Abrar Hussain

Age of 15 Young Martyrs of APSACS Peshawar

  1. Age: 15
  2. Class: 9
  3. Son of Rajab Ali Rajab Ali and Roqqaya Bibi
  4. Siblings: Muntazer Hussain (29), Arif Hussain (25), Jamshed Ali (23) and Sajda Hussain (18)

With his nose buried in textbooks, Abrar Hussain was fiercely competitive academically.A hostel student at APS, he was top of his class for nine years straight. Whenever he returned to his village, he’d be found studying instead of mingling with friends. Every year, the school would call his parents in to show them his achievements.According to his father, Abrar was always worried about coming second. If he wasn’t studying, he’d be found at home, curled up in a quiet corner reading.

Ahmad Elahi

Age of 15 Young Martyrs of APSACS Peshawar

  1. Age: 15
  2. Class: 9
  3. Son of Mehfooz Elahi and Sumeer Sadiqi
  4. Siblings: Faseeha Elahi (17) and Mohammad Elahi (13)

Ahmad was a position holder; he aspired to be a surgeon. His mother says he was very religious and offered all his prayers at the mosque. In fact, he would try to reach the mosque early so that he could recite the Azan.He liked to play cricket with his friends but more than anything else, he loved his parrots. Just a few days before the attack he had bought a brand new cage for them.Each night, before going to sleep, Ahmad had made it a habit to crawl into his mother’s bed and make sure he hadn’t said or done anything to hurt her. “If I did, I apologise for it.”

Ahmad Mujtaba

Age of 15 Young Martyrs of APSACS Peshawar

  1. Age: 15
  2. Class: 8
  3. Son of M. Anwar Khan and Nayab Anwar
  4. Siblings: Ahmad Murtaza (9), Iqra Anwar (18) and Javeria Anwar (16)

Mujtaba was a shy, quiet boy who hoped to join the Pakistan Army as a doctor one day. His best friends were his siblings.The only time he did shed his shy demeanor was when he played cricket. He loved the sport with a passion.But if there was anything Mujtaba loved more than cricket, it was brand new clothes; he loved the way they looked on him. For this reason, his father got four suits tailor-made for him. They hang in his wardrobe, unworn.

Asad Aziz

Age of 15 Young Martyrs of APSACS Peshawar

  1. Age: 15
  2. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Dost Mohammad
  3. Siblings: Tariq (31), Liaqat (29), Tahir (26), Rashid (24), Shahid (21) and Asia Bibi (19)

Asad was the ‘brightest child’ in the family and also the most athletic. Four days before the 15-year-old passed away in the attack, he had won a medal in table tennis.In the summer of 2013, Asad and his family went out to spend the day by the river.The young boy had just come out of the water a long swim when his cousin Zeeshan was swept up by a current and was going to drown. Without losing his calm, Asad jumped into the water and managed to pull his cousin out alive. He was a savior.

Asfand Khan

Age of 15 Young Martyrs of APSACS Peshawar

  1. Age: 15
  2. Class: 10
  3. Son of Ajoon Khan and Shahana Bibi
  4. Siblings: Mohammad Wadan Khan (5) and Mahrosha Khan (12)

A quiet but confident teenager, Asfand Khan aspired to become a lawyer one day. He was also very passionate about driving and training at the gym.Unlike most boys his age, Asfand liked being solitary and would spend most of his free time in his room. His respectful demeanor earned him love from elders and admiration of those younger to him.In his father’s absence, Asfand took on the role of the man of the family. He would shoulder his father’s responsibilities and take care of his mother and siblings. “After my son’s shahadat, I will have to start my life from scratch,” his father says.

Bahram Ahmad Khan

Age of 15 Young Martyrs of APSACS Peshawar

  1. Age: 15
  2. Class: 10
  3. Son of Lt-Col Gulzar Ahmad Khan and Nosheen Gulzar
  4. Siblings: Hassan Ahmad Khan (9) and Zaryab Ahmad Khan (19)

Bahram wanted to become a doctor and spend his life serving the underprivileged. Empathetic by nature, he was always moved when a disaster struck somewhere.Bahram secured 91% in his last exam. This distinction was aside from the various medals he had won in academics and extra-curricular activities.His father recalls a story Bahram’s friends shared from the APS attack. During the attack, a friend of Bahram fell to the floor and broke his glasses due to which he could barely see. Bahram came back to get him but on their way out was stopped by a terrorist. His friends recall that Bahram pushed the terrorist and received two bullets in the chest which resulted in his death.

Basit Ali Sardar

Age of 15 Young Martyrs of APSACS Peshawar

  1. Age: 15
  2. Class: 8
  3. Son of Sardar Ali and Sadaf Sardar
  4. Siblings: Kiran Sardar (18), Irum Sardar (16) and Basharar Ali Sardar (12)

Basit Ali Sardar was no ordinary boy. His mother remembers him as a very considerate son who would assist her in household chores and especially in the kitchen. He would even prepare tea and meals for guests.He was very attached to his family and would frequently travel to his village where his grandparents  still live.Basit wanted to join the army as an officer. Failing the test once, he was selected to join cadet college on his second try. The selection letter was received by his parents after Basit’s passing.

Farhan Jalal

Age of 15 Young Martyrs of APSACS Peshawar

  1. Age: 15
  2. Class: 10
  3. Son of Jalal Bayar and Syeda Begum
  4. Siblings: Hassan Hasrat Jabeen (30), Asfandyar (29), Sheryar (28), Siyar (27), Arshanyar (26), Naveeda (18), Kashif (17) and Taif (16)

On the day of the attack, Farhan saved his brother. When he saw the attackers enter the auditorium and open fire, he pushed Taif to the floor and protected him, but lost his life in doing so.
According to his father, Farhan was the most outstanding of his nine children. He may have been the youngest but he was the most intelligent and active. He was very close to Taif, who is just a year older than him.Farhan wanted to be a fighter pilot when he grew up. He watched videos of fighter jets for hours on end. While he loved to read books, his favourite pastime was playing video games. Project I.G.I and Grand Theft Auto were his top picks.

Muhammad Waqar

Age of 15 Young Martyrs of APSACS Peshawar

  1. Age: 15
  2. Class: 9
  3. Son of Muhammad Raiz and Rukhsana Raiz
  4. Siblings: Muhammad Hamza (18), Muhammad Asim (13), Muhammad Haris (6) and Maryam (12)

Innately gifted, Waqar only had to scan his books once to be able to write a stellar exam and earn a position in his school. But along with academics, he loved extra-curricular activities; he won several laurels.Waqar was a Qari and had learnt five siparahs of the Holy Quran by heart; he also offered prayers five times a day. He enjoyed both playing and watching cricket.He was devoted to his parents, and loved them immensely. His father Muhammad Riaz weeps while recalling his son’s many talents. Waqar’s mother, he says, still takes out her son’s belongings every day.

Haider Amin

Age of 15 Young Martyrs of APSACS Peshawar

  1. Age: 15
  2. Son of Muhammad and Sofia Amin
  3. Siblings: Saba (19), Laiqa (8) and Laiba (6)

Haider was closest to his sister Saba. She says he was a disciplined person who never left for tomorrow what could be done today.He was a good student and aspired to be a soldier some day. He loved watching military videos. He was an avid footballer.He played at school as well as after home time in a ground near his home.His sisters weep for their dear Haider. Life is not the same without him.

Hamza Ali Kakar

Age of 15 Young Martyrs of APSACS Peshawar

  1. Age: 15
  2. Class: 9
  3. Son of Kosar Ali Kakar and Salma Javed
  4. Siblings: Sara Ali Kakar (11) and Ayesha Ali Kakar (8)

A dedicated student, a position holder, a parade commander in school, Hamza was known among friends as ‘Captain’. He held a great desire to join the army.Like boys his age, he was fond of fast food and BBQ, with pizza, chicken tikka, biryani and seekh kebab being his favourites. Hamza was also fond of travelling outside the city and would visit Nathia Gali once a month.He was a respectful and loving boy who was close to his father. Hamza’s father recalls how his son had asked him to get him a pet chicken and goat for him upon clearing his exam. Hamza finally got his pets, just three days before the attack.

Hayatullah Sikandar

Age of 15 Young Martyrs of APSACS Peshawar

  1. Age: 15
  2. Class: 8
  3. Son Lt Col. Sikandar Hayat and Mrs Hayat
  4. Siblings: Hira Sikandar (21) and Hamza Sikandar (19)

Born to an army officer, Hayatullah’s desire to serve the nation ran in his blood. He wanted to join the Pakistan Army but his parents wished for him to become a doctor instead.According to his father, Hayatullah was bold and confident and surprised elders with his quick intelligence. He loved automobiles, and would often surf the Internet for new car models.He excelled in both studies and extra-curricular activities and had won several medals for his achievements. Adept at both football and basketball, he captained his house basketball team. Four days before his death, he had won the title of ‘best basketball player’.

Mohammad Ali Rehman

Age of 15 Young Martyrs of APSACS Peshawar

  1. Age: 15
  2. Class: 9
  3. Son of Mohammad Hussain and Dilshad Bibi
  4. Siblings: Mohammad Abdullah (12) and Mohammad Abubakkar (5)

Mohammad Ali Rehman, the eldest of three sons, was a studious position-holder who excelled at English, winning several competitions.Ali’s father says the day before the attack, his son had asked for money to buy a new notebook after his ran out of empty pages. His father had given him the money that night and Ali thanked his father as he was leaving for school. Mohammad Hussain says that when he received his son’s body, the Rs300 he had given him was still in his son’s pocket.Both of Ali’s parents have recovered after the tragic incident. His mother underwent psychiatric treatment after the attack. His father says he dreamt of Ali, and his son told him that he is alive and with him always.

Mohammad Ammar Khan

Age of 15 Young Martyrs of APSACS Peshawar

  1. Age: 15
  2. Class: 9
  3. Son of Lt Col. (retd) Ibrahim Khan Shinwari and Raheeda Begum
  4. Siblings: Mohammad Salman Khan (21), Mohammad Arsalan Khan (20), and two sisters

An aspiring doctor, Ammar wanted to serve the people of his hometown when he grew up.Youngest among his siblings, he was very fond of travelling. He often arranged picnics and parties with his friends and was even planning to travel to Murree with them but the trip was postponed.Although a very intelligent student who always secured over 80% in exams, his teachers felt he was still a little lax and only studied during exam time.His parents recall an incident when Ammar found a wallet full of cash and important cards. The wallet belonged to a man who lived in Nowshera and Ammar went all the way there to return it to its owner.

Muhammad Mohsin Murtaza

Age of 15 Young Martyrs of APSACS Peshawar

  1. Age: 15
  2. Class: 8
  3. Son of SM (retd) Gulam Murtaza and Fazeelat Jan
  4. Siblings: Gulam Mujtaba (29), Yaseen Akhter (27), Noureen Akhter (25), Gulam Yaseen (23), Ahsan Murtaza (21), Munira Murtaza (15), Saifullah (13) and Zobia Murtaza (9)

In a family of nine children, Mohsin stood out for being kind and honest. He loved to help those in need.He excelled in academics and had won many prizes. He enjoyed playing cricket, soccer and football. But he never let anything get in the way of his prayers.Mohsin liked eating all kinds of food but fish, in particular, was his favourite. He would often gather his friends and go fishing.On the day of the APS attack, he demanded a new sweater and his sister assured him that his wish would be fulfilled after he returned from school.

Muhammad Shafqat

Age of 15 Young Martyrs of APSACS Peshawar

  1. Age: 15
  2. Class: 9
  3. Son of Sep (retd) Muhammad Arif

Muhammad Shafqat’s family could not be contacted for his obituary.Shafqat’s teachers say he was a polite and intelligent student who aspired to become a soldier like his father.He never teased other students and was a focused and hard working young boy.

Muhammad Tahir

Age of 15 Young Martyrs of APSACS Peshawar

  1. Age: 15
  2. Class: 10
  3. Son of Hav. Muhammad Ismail and Sajida Kalsoom
  4. Siblings: Iqra Mustafwi (17), Fizza Mustafwi (6) and Quratulain Fatima (5)

Tahir has a melodious and powerful voice. He was often selected to sing national songs at school. His father says he was skilled with the computer and IT-related work. He wanted to be a software engineer when he grew up.In games he likes to play cricket and football. He was also a part of school cricket team. He was very fond of computer games. Need For Speed was his favourite.He loved to travel within the country. His favourite spot was Murree, where he would love to take chairlift rides. His family tries to be strong. They miss Tahir very much.

Muhammad Uzair Khan

Age of 15 Young Martyrs of APSACS Peshawar

  1. Age: 15
  2. Class: 8
  3. Son of Khalid Shakeel and Neghat Yasmeen
  4. Siblings: Shehriyar (18) and Umair (11)

The second-born of three brothers, Uzair was a hardworking student who aspired to be a doctor.He had a beautiful voice, and was often selected to recite Quranic verses at school events. The day of the attack, Uzair did a recitation that many of his teachers and friends recall.His mother is inconsumable. She says her son did not want to go to school that day but she forced him to go. She says the guilt haunts her and that she misses her boy very much.

Mouzzam Zulfiqar

Age of 15 Young Martyrs of APSACS Peshawar

  1. Age: 15
  2. Class: 8
  3. Son of Sep/Clk Zulfiqar and Rehana
  4. Siblings: Javeria Zulfiqar (14), Zunaira Zulfiqar (10) and Muhammad Jasim (3.5)

As the eldest, Mouzzam was a responsible and obedient son. He was a hard-working and studious boy who took an active part in class activities and school events such as plays and skits. He was very close to his mother and grandmother.He was crazy about football and was a big fan of Ronaldo and Messi. He also loved playing computer games, with Fifa 2000 and Call of Duty being his favourites.His father says Mouzzam wanted to be an air force pilot when he grew up. He would spend hours watching videos of fighter jets and had learned all the names of the aircrafts. The JF 17 Thunder and F-16 were his favourites. His family feels his absence very much and prays for him every day.

Mohammad Yaseen

Age of 15 Young Martyrs of APSACS Peshawar

  1. Age: 15
  2. Class: 10
  3. Son of Mohammad Asif and Afshan Asif
  4. Siblings: Ayesha (7) and Fatma (2)

Mohammad Yaseen was a jovial boy who always lent a sympathetic ear to others. He loved helping those less fortunate than him, and often ate lunch with domestic help and gate-keepers.
His parents talk about the horror they felt when he was kidnapped for ransom at age 7 for 11 days. After that horrific indent, they never let him go out alone.Mohammad Yaseen’s favourite past time was playing games on his laptop. He also created a Facebook page of himself, and asked his friends and cousins to like it, which he thought would make him famous one day.A week prior to the attack, his mother shares that Yaseen was playing a shooting game with his cousin at home, during which he acted out being shot with two bullets. She recalls being handed her son’s body on Dec 16 – he had been shot twice.

Noor Ullah Durrani

Age of 15 Young Martyrs of APSACS Peshawar

  1. Age: 15
  2. Class: 9
  3. Son of Falak Naz and Tehseen Ullah Durrani
  4. Sibling: Sana (19), Hafsa (17) and Ammara (11)

Noor Ullah Durrani was very close to his family. His sister says that when they were in the same school, he would treat his friends to buy snacks from the canteen and cheekily put the tab on his sister.He wanted to be doctor and was a genius with computers. His father says Noor Ullah knew how to fix any computer glitch and was known in their colony for being a ‘computer master’. His neighbours would come to him when they needed their PCs repaired.His mother, a teacher, says she misses Noor Ullah’s humour. He would often tease her by saying it would be comical if he gave her one of her own tests and she failed it.

Osama Zafar

Age of 15 Young Martyrs of APSACS Peshawar

  1. Age: 15
  2. Class: 10
  3. Son of Seema Shehwar and Zafar Iqbal
  4. Siblings: Fatma Zafar (13), Ayesha Zafar (12) and Talha Zafar (10)

Osama’s family says he was an obedient son. He had a generous disposition, and would always ask his gatekeeper about his health and make sure he had been served meals on time.His father recalls that he was born in the Combined Military Hospital in Peshawar on a Tuesday, 15 years ago. He died in that very same hospital, on that fateful Tuesday.He had been asked by his parents to leave APS as its affiliation was with the federal board, and to take admission at a school that was affiliated with the Peshawar board. But Osama refused. He was happy at his school and was a good, hard working student.

Rafique Raza Bangash

Age of 15 Young Martyrs of APSACS Peshawar

  1. Age: 15
  2. Class: 10
  3. Son of Shazia and Abid Raza Bangash
  4. Siblings: Murtajez Raza Bangash (12)

Rafique is described by his family as a polite and respectful boy. People who knew him are as moved and saddened by his passing as his family.He was a religious child and often asked his father why there was extremism and sectarianism in society. He wanted people of different sects to be united. His father says his son was a sensible boy, who often handled discussions in a manner that a 40 or 50-year-old would adopt.He wanted to be a neurosurgeon. His death has left his family heartbroken. Rafique’s father says that he was the reason for their smiles and without him, life seems meaningless.

Saad Ur Rehman

Age of 15 Young Martyrs of APSACS Peshawar

  1. Age: 15
  2. Class: 9
  3. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Zahid Abdullah Shah
  4. Siblings: Ibad ur Rehman (19) and Maad ur Rehman (10)

Saad loved computers. He was known as a ‘computer master’ and was popular amongst his friends for repairing faulty machines.He was very close to his father; they were like best friends. He took special care of him, and the last thing he did each night was make sure his father had a glass of water. He used to to stress that his father should take his medicine regularly.He had parrots and fish for pets and loved coming home to take care of them. His father said that his son used to care about his family members a lot.

Shahbaz Ali

Age of 15 Young Martyrs of APSACS Peshawar

  1. Age: 15
  2. Class: 9
  3. Son of Shoukat (late) and Khalida Ali
  4. Sibling: Saba Gul (18)

The Ali family has suffered two tragedies. Shahbaz’s father passed away a year before his son was killed in the attack. With Shahbaz and his father gone, his mother and sister have had to relocate from Peshawar back to the village.Mrs Ali says her son was an obedient and respectful boy. He was praised by his teachers and loved by his friends. He had a curious mind and enjoyed research and reading about things.His mother says she is trying to be brave and move past the tragedies in her life.

Shamowail Tariq

Age of 15 Young Martyrs of APSACS Peshawar

  1. Age: 15
  2. Class: 9
  3. Son of Shagufta and Tariq Jan
  4. Siblings: Mehwish Tariq (18), Sohail Tariq (13) and Sawail Tariq (7)

Shamowail’s father describes him as a mature and responsible young boy. He was a respectful and obedient son and was nicknamed Babar Sher (lion)Whenever his siblings were disappointed in their father, Shamowail would cheer them up and make them laugh by telling jokes.The day of the attack, two bloodied Rs20 notes were recovered from his front pocket. Both notes had bullet holes in them. Shamowail’s father has kept those notes with him as a memory of his son’s sacrifice.

Shayan Nasir

Age of 15 Young Martyrs of APSACS Peshawar

  1. Age: 15
  2. Class: 10
  3. Son of Naila and Jamal Nasir
  4. Siblings: Fazle Nasir (25), Shahab Nasir (23), Seemab Nasir (21), Zubair Nasir (19) and Shafi Nasir (17)

Shayan was a religious boy. He always inspired his friends and family to be regular with their prayers.His father says Shayan would tell his mother not arrange dinner before the night prayer as his father would get lazy and not offer his prayers in the mosque.He was a good cricket player, but his real passion was astronomy.

Syed Afaq Ahmed

Age of 15 Young Martyrs of APSACS Peshawar

  1. Age: 15
  2. Class: 9
  3. Son of Zahir Shah (late) and Bibi Amna
  4. Siblings: Shah Fahad (27), Bibi Fatma (25), Shamsul Qamar (24), Bibi Rabia (19), Farooq Didar (18), Bibi Uzma (16) and Arsh Zahir (13)

Just like his elder siblings, Afaq wanted to be a doctor.He was not a very social child and preferred being home and playing on the computer. He was very close to his siblings and mother, who say Afaq was the ‘backbone’ of the family.His mother recalls that her son was very happy on December 16, 2014 before he left for school. That is how she wants to remember him His siblings say the void in their lives after the passing of their brother can never be filled.

Maheer Rizwan

Age of 15 Young Martyrs of APSACS Peshawar

  1. Age: 15
  2. Class: 9
  3. Son of Mohammad Rizwan Aslam and Aneela Rizwan
  4. Siblings: Mehreen Aslam (14), Arham Siraj (9) and Zuraiz (5 months)

Maheer was a simple boy who was very fond of the outdoors.His family recalled how he did not waste any opportunity to travel out of Peshawar to be close to nature or go swimming.Maheer had a great interest in computer engineering and wanted to pursue it as a profession after passing out of school.

Mobeen Aslam

Age of 15 Young Martyrs of APSACS Peshawar

  1. Age: 15
  2. Class: 8
  3. Son of Aslam Qureshi and Zahida Aslam Qureshi (late)
  4. Siblings: Samara Aslam Qureshi, Arfa Aslam Qureshi and Iqra Aslam Qureshi

To those who knew him, Mobeen was the ‘karate kid with a God-gifted, soulful voice’.Mobeen was quite close to his father despite the latter being away from the family for 10 years. The two became close ‘friends’ after the death of Mobeen’s mother in 2013.“One day I was dropping Mobeen to school and asked him to pray that I quickly get promoted to the rank of Army Commander. He told me it was not an easy task to become a commander just like that,” Mobeen’s father recalls with a smile on his face.

Mohammad Ali

Age of 15 Young Martyrs of APSACS Peshawar

  1. Age: 15
  2. Class: 9
  3. Son of Shahab-ud-Din and Rana Gul
  4. Siblings: Alishba Khan (17), Maya Khan (11) and Toba Khan (6)

The only son of Shahab ur Rehman and Rana Gul, Mohammad Ali was jovial and a typically naughty teenager. But his carefree attitude was limited to the playground and according to the family, the 15-year-old was ‘extremely respectful’ towards his elders.Mohammad Ali was particularly fond of his horse which was gifted to him by his father. He would spend his vacations learning horseback riding.“I no longer fear my only son will get hurt in anyway,” Mohammad Ali’s stoic father said, while recalling how he would worry for his son as soon as he stepped out of the house.

Usama Bin Tariq

Age of 15 Young Martyrs of APSACS Peshawar

  1. Age: 15
  2. Class: 8
  3. Son of Naik Subedar Tariq Mehmood and Safina Tariq
  4. Siblings: Umama Tariq (15) and Sana Tariq (12)

The eldest of three siblings and the only boy, Usama was very special to his parents.He aspired to be an army officer when he grew up. He was especially concerned about poor people displaced by military operations in the north and wanted to work towards their rehabilitation.He was a brilliant soccer player and often used to play with his father. They were like best friends. His father had recently bought a brand new bike for him.

Zeeshan Ali

Age of 15 Young Martyrs of APSACS Peshawar

  1. Age: 15
  2. Class: 9
  3. Son of Hav Abdul Qayyum and Samina Bibi
  4. Siblings: Saman Qayyum (13), Sidra Qayyum (11), Ayesh Qayyum (7) and Fatima Qayyum (4)

Aspiring to become a doctor, Zeeshan was a very intelligent and responsible child. Eldest among the siblings, Zeeshan was the only brother who was devoted to his sisters. Caring and jolly, he would often take his sisters on bike rides and would buy them candy.Zeeshan started studying at APS soon after his father was transferred to Peshawar. This was weeks before the massacre, and in that time, he had succeeded in becoming one of his teachers’ favourite students.He was fond of shopping and buying new clothes. His father remembers that Zeeshan’s uncle was getting married on Dec 16 and he had wanted new clothes for the ceremony. Zeeshan was supposed to go shopping with his mother after school that day.

Zeeshan Shafique

Age of 15 Young Martyrs of APSACS Peshawar

  1. Age: 15
  2. Class: 8
  3. Son of Hav. (retd) Muhammad Shafique and Bismillah Jan
  4. Siblings: Yasir Shafique (12), Danial Shafique (9) and Masooma Shafique (3)

A student of the APS since 2004, Zeeshan was among the top of his class. He was also a good athlete, enjoyed playing football and would be very competitive in matches.He was fond of keeping pets, with pigeons being his favourite. His mother recalls how he kept pigeons at home and looked after them with great care.Son of a soldier, Zeeshan too aspired to join the army and serve the country.