UNITED NATIONS, Dec 16 (APP): UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Wednesday  marked the first anniversary of the deadly terrorist attack on the Army Public School (APS) in Peshawar, saying no cause justifies brutality against children.

“No grievance excuses the horror and cowardice of attacking defenceless  children while they learn,” the UN chief said in a message released by his office.

The Secretary-General said, “I join with all of you in honouring the  many lives lost in the horrific terror attack on the APS in Peshawar on  December 16, 2014.I    extend my thoughts and good wishes to the family, friends and loved ones of all the victims”.

“One year later, I know the pain and sorrow of this utterly
senselessness act remains fresh.So does the outrage.No cause justifies such brutality”.
“I have been deeply moved by the resolve and resilience of students as  they returned to school just weeks after the attack.Through that simple act, they have shown the power of education, hope and peace”.

“Going to school should not have to be an act of bravery.Schools must  be safe and secure learning spaces.Thank you for coming together to remember the fallen students and recommit to ensuring the right to safe and quality education for all.”