World leaders condemn gruesome attack in Pak by Taliban

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  • Updated: Dec 17, 2014 01:23 IST

World leaders reacted to the cowardly and henious attack by the Taliban in a Peshawar army-run school where more than 130 people, most of them students, were killed.

Here is what they had to say:

India's President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi "strongly condemned" the terror attack.

Mukherjee expressed "deep anguish" and "strongly condemned" the incident in which heavily armed terrorists launched a brazen attack on the army-run school.

In a message, the president said: "Such heinous acts are against all tenets of humanity. They are nothing but a manifestation of the extreme evil that terrorists are capable of. The world community must unite and redouble efforts to root out terrors from every country and society.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a tweet said: "My heart goes out to everyone who lost their loved ones today. We share their pain & offer our deepest condolences. "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."

"What terrible, heart breaking images of the attack in #Peshawar. Inhuman and barbaric don't even begin to describe the perpetrators," tweeted Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah.

US President Barack Obama condeming the attack said, "We stand with the people of Pakistan, and reiterate the commitment of the United States to support the government of Pakistan in its efforts to combat terrorism and extremism and to promote peace and stability in the region."

The US embassy in Pakistan said in a statement: "The embassy said the US "strongly condemns senseless and inhumane attacks on innocent students and educators, and stands in solidarity with the people of Pakistan, and all who fight the menace of terrorism." "Ambassador Richard Olson extends the deepest sympathies and condolences to the families of the victims of Tuesday's heinous attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar."

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon strongly condemned the attack.

"It is an act of horror and rank cowardice to attack defenseless children while they learn," Ban said at the start of a UN Security Council meeting. "The hearts of the world go out to the parents and families who have lost loved ones."

British prime minister David Cameron in a Downing Street statement said, "The news from Pakistan is deeply shocking. It's horrifying that children are being killed simply for going to school."

German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said in a statement he condemned the "criminal attack in the strongest terms". "The hostage-taking and murder of children exceeds in its cruel cowardice all that Pakistan, stricken by years of terror and violence, has known before. "We mourn with the people of Pakistan the victims of this bloody terrorist attack. Our hearts go out to the families of the victims. For the many injured we wish speedy recoveries."

Afghan Taliban condemns school attack by Pakistani Taliban

The Afghanistan Taliban have condemned an attack by the Pakistani Taliban on a school in Pakistan that killed 141 people on Tuesday. "The intentional killing of innocent people, children and women are against the basics of Islam and this criteria has to be considered by every Islamic party and government," Zabihullah Mujahid said in a statement. The Pakistani Taliban are separate from but allied to the Afghan Taliban across the border. Both aim to overthrow their own governments and establish an Islamic state. (Reuters)

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