American and Pakistani staff of the American Embassy in Islamabad observed a moment of silence and remembrance in the Raphel Memorial Gardens at the Embassy in honor of the victims of the attack on the Army Public School (APS) in Peshawar on December 16, 2014.
“The brutal murder of innocent children and teachers at the hands of terrorists shocked us all. We stand with the people of Pakistan in mourning this great loss,” Chargé d’Affaires Jonathan Pratt said at the ceremony. “But the loss of that day is not forgotten. Today, we remember those lives lost, and recommit to working with Pakistan for a safer, more secure, and hopeful future for all Pakistanis and Americans alike.”
America recognizes and deeply appreciates the sacrifices Pakistanis have made in the struggle against terrorism. We strongly condemn this and other attacks and stand with Pakistan in its fight against violence and extremism. The United States remains committed to promoting a secure, stable, and prosperous Pakistan.