New Delhi, Dec 16: India strongly condemned the terror strike on the Army public school in Peshawar of the neighbouring Pakistan in which more than 126 school children and teachers were killed today. Prime Minister Narendra Modi called the terror strike as a "senseless act of unspeakable brutality", and added that India offers the families of the victims its deepest condolences.
Taking to Twitter to express his grief over the ongoing attack by the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), which has reportedly led to the death of 130 people, including 110 students, he said, "Strongly condemn the cowardly terrorist attack at a school in Peshawar."
"It is a senseless act of unspeakable brutality that has claimed lives of the most innocent of human beings - young children in their school," he added.
"My heart goes out to everyone who lost their loved ones today. We share their pain and offer our deepest condolences," he further stated.
Cutting across party lines, the political leaders condemned the attack, terming it as "inhuman", and adding that the Islamic Republic has fallen prey to its own Frankenstein's monster.
Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader D Raja said that Pakistan should stop harbouring terrorist outfits on its soil. "I strongly condemn this heinous crime of terror. It is an inhuman act in which 100 children have died. Now it is time that the Government of Pakistan takes [terrorism] very seriously and joins the fight against it. Pakistan should not allow its soil to be used by terror outfits," he said.
Congress leader Shashi Tharoor echoed Raja's opinion, adding that Pakistan is a victim of its own creation.
"We have been saying it for many years that once you create a monster you can't control it," he said.
BJP leader Anurag Thakur added, "I hope Pakistan learns something from this and fights terrorism."
Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi also condemned the barbaric attack on a school in Pakistan calling the terrorists as "enemies of Allah". He termed it a "heinous crime".
"The terrorists who have committed this heinous crime are the enemies of humanity. They are the enemies of Allah, they are the enemies of society and they are the enemies of Islam. I pray that somewhere in their hearts, their conscience awakens," Satyarthi said at a public meeting in Vidisha, Madhya Pradesh.
"I pray that God gives the families of the victims the courage and fortitude to bear their irreparable loss," he added.
According to latest reports, Pakistan's security forces have managed to kill even the sixth Talibani suicide bomber in the last and fourth block of the school. They have also rescued two more school children and two teachers. They were facing hurdles in the clearance as the terrorists had planted IEDs at places.
Hours after the Taliban raided Peshawar school, turning the institution of education into a cemetery of innocent lives, the rescue operation continues to be on. PM Nawaz Sharif had said that the Army operation is in its final phase and will end soon.
The entire world was shocked to see the barbaric act by the terrorists today. Around 10 militants of Tehrik-i-Taliban stormed the Peshawar school dressed as Frontier Corps' officers.
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