China, UK, French, India, US, UN condemn school attack, extend condolences to families

ISLAMABAD, Dec 16 (INP): World leaders Tuesday condemned deadly attack at the ArmyPublic School in Peshawar that left at least 132students killed and 245 more injured.

British Prime Minister David Cameron in a statement said he is ‘deeply shocked’ over the terrorist attack.

“The news from Pakistan is deeply shocking. It’s horrifying that children are being killed simply for going to school,” the British PM said in a message posted on twitter.

Opposition leader Ed Miliband said his thoughts were with those affected by the attack.

Former UK foreign office minister Baroness Warsi condemned the attack and said that Pakistan could only deal with terrorists if its national agencies coordinated together to stop terrorism.

French President Francois Hollande condemned what he described as a “vile” attack at Peshawar school.

“No words can express the ignominy of such an attack against children in their school,” Hollande said in a statement.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemned the attack calling it a senseless act of unspeakable brutality.

Modi in a tweet said: “Strongly condemn the cowardly terrorist attack at a school in Peshawar. My heart goes out to everyone who lost their loved ones today. We share their pain & offer our deepest condolences.”

U.S. Ambassador Richard Olson on behalf of the American people extended the deepest sympathies and condolences to the families of the victims of Tuesday’s heinous attack on the ArmyPublic School in Peshawar.

“The United States 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.  Few have suffered more at the hands of terrorists and extremists than the people of Pakistan.  That is why it remains essential for the United States and Pakistan to continue to work together to secure peace and stability in the region” Olson said.

The United Nations in Pakistan strongly condemned the barbaric attack carried on the school in Peshawar which killed scores of innocent children.

“We are appalled by this act of cruelty and brutality and express our deepest sorrow to the families of the deceased and the wounded: this is a very sad time for all Pakistani people and we stand next to them for protecting their children.  Attacking children and children’s education is a disregard of the most fundamental principles of humanity and we reaffirm our strongest commitment to protecting children’s rights”, said Mr Timo Pakkala, Resident Coordinator of the United Nations in Pakistan.

INP

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