PESHAWAR (Web Desk / AFP) - Educational institutes across Pakistan including the military-run school that was attacked by Taliban militants in Peshawar reopened on Monday.

Defiant children in green uniforms and their families returned to the Army Public School in Peshawar where Army Chief General Raheel Sharif welcomed them.

The school will hold a ceremony to remember the victims of the terrorist attack.

Zahid Ayub, 16, who sustained minor wounds, said: "I am not scared, no force can stop me from going to attend my school, I will go and will tell the attackers, we are not afraid of you. "

For 16-year-old Shahrukh Khan, who was shot in both legs while pretending to play dead in his school s auditorium, going back was traumatic.

"I have lost 30 of my friends, how I will sit in the empty class, how I will look to their empty benches," he told AFP before the school reopened.