‘They asked us to recite the kalma’

Published: December 16, 2014
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Relatives of a student, who was injured during an attack by Taliban gunmen on the Army Public School, comfort each other outside Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar, December 16, 2014. PHOTO: REUTERS

Relatives of a student, who was injured during an attack by Taliban gunmen on the Army Public School, comfort each other outside Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar, December 16, 2014. PHOTO: REUTERS

The following accounts may be disturbing for some readers; The Express Tribune advises reader discretion.

Aamir Ali, a second-year engineering student, lost 10 of his comrades within a blink of the eye during the siege at the Army Public School.

Here are some of the devastating witness accounts to have come out of the Peshawar attack:

“I was sitting in the corridor with 10 of my classmates when we heard firing. We immediately ran towards the classroom to hide there but the militants chased us down and found us. They were dressed in shalwar kameez and the only thing they told us is: ‘read the kalma’,” said Ali, remorsefully adding that he was the only one of his 10 friends that survived the attack.

Witnesses described how gunmen went from classroom to classroom, shooting children, after a huge blast shook the Army Public School, while some described police struggling to hold back distraught parents trying to break past a cordon and get to the school when three loud explosions went off.

Ninth grader Kashan, son of Zaheerudin, told our correspondent, “We were sitting in the hall and a colonel was giving a lecture when we heard firing from the back.”

Kashan said, “The sound of the firing kept moving closer when suddenly the door behind us was kicked down and two people started firing indiscriminately.”

The ninth-grader said chaos ensued and the last thing he remembers is children and people falling to the ground. Kashan escaped but with injuries on his feet.

Ahsan Mukhtar, a second-year intermediate student, said his teacher made the entire classroom crouch and move towards the end of the classroom as the firing started. “After an hour, when the firing relatively calmed down, the army came and rescued us,” Mukhtar added.

Related video: The Express Tribune asked 10th graders in Karachi to share their thoughts on the massacre of their counterparts in Peshawar

A grandmother told The Express Tribune how she was called by the school’s principal to pick up her grandchildren when the attack happened. “The principal told us that 20 students had been injured and we should come get our children as soon as possible,” she said.  “I hung up before the principal could finish talking.”

Mudassar Abbas, a physics laboratory assistant at the school, said some students were celebrating at a party when the attack began.

“I saw six or seven people walking class-to-class and opening fire on children,” he said.

A student who survived the attack said soldiers came to rescue students during a lull in the firing.

“When we were coming out of the class we saw dead bodies of our friends lying in the corridors. They were bleeding. Some were shot three times, some four times,” the student said.

“The men entered the rooms one by one and started indiscriminate firing at the staff and students.”

Distraught parents thronged the Lady Reading Hospital, weeping uncontrollably as children’s bodies arrived, their school uniforms drenched in blood.

Irshadah Bibi, 40, whose 12-year-old son was among the dead, beat her face in grief, throwing herself against an ambulance.

“O God, why did you snatch away my son? What is the sin of my child and all these children?” she wept.

At least 123 children have been killed in the attack and many more are missing. The Taliban say they sent in six gunmen wearing suicide vests.

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Reader Comments (154)

  • nadeem
    Dec 16, 2014 - 4:44PM

    Our ruling elite ( military, poiliticans, bureaucrats ) are responsible for this, at the end of the day.

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  • Abbas
    Dec 16, 2014 - 4:47PM

    We need a liberal society like in the west not these religious scumbags. Look at the west how many people go on a rampage like this. Islam should be only personnel or else it will destroy our country.

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  • Blunt
    Dec 16, 2014 - 4:48PM

    Inna lillahe wa inna illahe rajoon.
    No matter how dark the night might be, there has to be dawn and that too at the point where dark is at its peak. One day very soon all timid terrorist will be wiped out of the country and globe.

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  • Mohammad
    Dec 16, 2014 - 4:53PM

    Words can’t express our grief, pain, sadness, disappointments.. eyes are rolling tears as I am a father and I don’t want to cry because I am a man! .

    Allah help us…

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  • khanzada
    Dec 16, 2014 - 5:01PM

    This is probably the worst incident in recent history of the world. Nothing even remotely compared to 9/11 or other tragedies in Pak or across the globe, where human lives were lost. MURDERING SO MANY HELPLESS CHILDREN???

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  • John
    Dec 16, 2014 - 5:02PM

    Anyone with even half a heart cannot stop their tears at this horrific act. No words to express my grief and sorrow for the parents who have to bear such a loss.

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  • S!D
    Dec 16, 2014 - 5:03PM

    One feels short of words at criticizing such heinous act.

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  • Proud to be Pakistani
    Dec 16, 2014 - 5:04PM

    INNA LILLAHI WA INNA ILEHI RAJYOON
    I myself used to be a teacher at Army Public School and i can imagine all this horrible stuff and the horrible time easily. Ohh ALLAH !!! Please help us.

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  • imran
    Dec 16, 2014 - 5:11PM

    Speachless

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  • Syed Danish Ali
    Dec 16, 2014 - 5:13PM

    The helplessness of seeing innocent angels death tolls increasing by the minute and knowing you cannot do anything about it. A sorrow that even weeping cannot justify-Peshawar carnage !

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  • sarah
    Dec 16, 2014 - 5:20PM

    So, pro-taliban what will you say about this attack?

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  • Billnaz
    Dec 16, 2014 - 5:28PM

    I am not sure if Pakistan was created in the name of religion but it surely is being desyroyed in the name of religion.

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  • intellectual.pseudo
    Dec 16, 2014 - 5:29PM

    TTP is not the representative of Islam, these are foreign funded goons with Islamic appearance as disguise.

    Islam certainly does not preach this and no body can justify this in the name of religion.

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  • Naqi Raza
    Dec 16, 2014 - 5:33PM

    I think rather than just words we need actions. We need to act against all those who hold any sort of soft corner for those who back or support Taliban ideology. Whole society needs to stand up and fight against such form of ideology and its preachers.

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  • Muhammad Gujjar
    Dec 16, 2014 - 5:33PM

    Absolutely grieved .the whole nation just dont have words to descibe this

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  • Faizan
    Dec 16, 2014 - 5:35PM

    @Abbas:
    Don’t blame islam for this. There is no space for such acts in islam. These terrorists are trained and brain washed by non muslims or people who misunderstood islam.

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  • Dec 16, 2014 - 5:36PM

    @sarah:
    Who said these are Taliban, the original Taliban only reside in Afghanistan, TTP is only a fake group (explicitly not Islamic) created by Zionists and our intelligence agencies know it. Well who can claim to know what exactly is going on behind the scenes because soon this news will also be out that Intelligence agencies also predicted this attack like any other.

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  • Aisha
    Dec 16, 2014 - 5:37PM

    There can be NO justification for the murder of the innocents! My heart goes out to them and their families.

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  • Kamgar
    Dec 16, 2014 - 5:39PM

    Can anyone in the government or army say “Enough is Enough” and wipe these terrorist once and for all. May Allah give the strength to the parents and relatives of the deceased and injured. (I know its better said than done)

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  • maha
    Dec 16, 2014 - 5:39PM

    Those who still believe these people have a religon let alone represent ISLAM. shame on them and their narrow understanding of religon.

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  • Siddiq
    Dec 16, 2014 - 5:46PM

    Pro-Taliban or whatever; there is no justification for this brutality against innocents. May ALLAH s.w.t grant heavenly abode to all martyrs and patience to the bereaved.

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  • Reaction
    Dec 16, 2014 - 5:46PM

    Once blood settles.. Bodies of innocent angels are buried.. There needs to be REACTION! and when i say reaction i mean a strong Devastating reaction. If the masterplanning of this horrific plot is being hatched on the border with Afghanistan. Then our Generals need to Respond. F16s should carpet bomb them be it inside Afghanistan.. Message needs to delivered.. Nation wants a response. Show no Mercy… Crime is so extreme that other terrorist organizations are condemning it!..

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  • Syed
    Dec 16, 2014 - 5:47PM

    All Pakistanis are responsible for this. This cancer has been spreading for years but it’s not my family that’s getting killed so I don’t really care attitude

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  • Ali
    Dec 16, 2014 - 5:53PM

    The problem with us is that we forget everything too soon. This is a very sad incident, the so called no. 1 intelligence agency of the world must be asked to prepare a detailed report on the incident, they should try to get to the roots and find out the real faces behind those six armed men, only then justice can be served to the deceased and their families.
    May Allah guide us to the right path.

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  • harkol
    Dec 16, 2014 - 5:54PM

    I am an atheist. So, I do not believe God will give these folks better sense.

    But, I am hoping that the people of Pakistan by and large will see sense, and the futility of the jihad way, and force its armed forces to completely ending all forms of terror. Because you can not have a ‘good’ and ‘bad’ terrorist. Everyone happens to be someone’s son/daughter.

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  • Babur Afridi
    Dec 16, 2014 - 5:55PM

    This is very unfortunate n Massacre ever occurred in Pakistan history king innocent children is barbaric act by these evils .
    We always heard that some terrorist has been taken to Un identify place yes off coarse for the sack of investing fair enough but PLEASE PUNISH THEM IN FRONT OF PUBLIC PLEASE I N THE PUBLIC OF PAKISTAN WISH TO SEE THESE EVILS IN PAIN SO OTHER SLEEPING EVILS COULD GET LESSONS PLEASE DO THIS WAY

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  • Jim Bob
    Dec 16, 2014 - 5:56PM

    @Abbas: What makes you say that this was done by Muslims? Terrorists have no religion. Having a beard doesn’t make one a Muslim. We should strongly condemn extremism of all types.

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  • Syed Imam Ali
    Dec 16, 2014 - 5:59PM

    @Abbas:
    My friend I donot understand what do you think this incident has got to do with Islam?! Islam condemns this act in the most fierce manner, Qur’an says, “If any one slew a person – unless it be for murder or for spreading mischief in the land – it would be as if he slew the whole humanity” (5:32)… So, I donot understand what makes you think Islam will destroy us!

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  • Satish
    Dec 16, 2014 - 6:00PM

    Reminds me of the Mumbai Attacks. My heartfelt commiserations to the affected families.

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  • Syed Zahid
    Dec 16, 2014 - 6:03PM

    what was fault of Children?. It is very SAD. Are they called themselves Muslims? who shot helpless children.

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  • Maya
    Dec 16, 2014 - 6:04PM

    We don’t need a Quaid to bring peace to us … we need a Hitler to end all these ruthless beasts … bcz now it’s time to have it done … to finish them for ever … now or never…and for u PTI whole lot of drama …. go and die in “chullu bhar pani”… shame on u for creating all of the melodramatic mess in our country …go scru urself with ur idea of new Pakistan ….bcz we want to make this Pakistan better rather than making a new one from zero …

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  • Syed Imam Ali
    Dec 16, 2014 - 6:04PM

    @Abbas
    My friend I donot understand what do you think this incident has got to do with Islam?! Islam condemns this act in the most fierce manner, Qur’an says, “If any one slew a person – unless it be for murder or for spreading mischief in the land – it would be as if he slew the whole humanity” (5:32)… So, I donot understand what makes you think Islam will destroy us!

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  • Asif
    Dec 16, 2014 - 6:07PM

    Talibans so so called Muslims. We can not fight them unless our Islamic parties like Jamat e Islami stops supporting Talibans. They pick young people among us all around Pakistan, brain wash them, and then use these brain washed people for these sort of attacks. I salute Pakistan Army for their efforts and pray that Almighty Allah grant strength and fortitude to bear this irreparable loss to the families of the children died.

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  • Reddy
    Dec 16, 2014 - 6:08PM

    Oh, What a disaster! Pakistan govt. should act tough along with military.
    DO NOT SLIDE IT. IF THEY STOOP SO LOW, THERE IS NOTHING
    YOU CAN protect. Nobody can GO TO ANY PLACE. Poor Innocent
    children. Heart goes out for the parents and the kids who will live
    thru the ordeal.

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  • Nouman Iqbal
    Dec 16, 2014 - 6:10PM

    @Abbas
    Islam never teaches us this. How can you blame an extremist’s approach to the religion. I am sorry to say this but you are mixing extremists and fanatic’s ideology with the religion. When clearly they are two very different things. Its not about having a liberal society. Its about getting rid of these lunatics who are out there inculcating ludicrous ideologies among the people. May Alllah guide us and our rulers in the right path.

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  • Hasan
    Dec 16, 2014 - 6:14PM

    @Abbas: brother that’s an irrational statement
    WW1 – deaths 15 million
    WW2 – deaths 50 million
    Napoleanic Wars – deaths 17 million
    Expulsion of Germans after World War II by the liberals – 2 million
    Not the mention the unparalleled exploitation and genocide of colonised nations

    I think I really look forward to living under the,.

    TTP terrorists could never even dream of inflicting the atrocities that have been inflicted by the ‘free’ west

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  • Tanveer Hussain
    Dec 16, 2014 - 6:15PM

    If this is Islam , i will never dream to be a Muslim. May Allah curse those tyrants…

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  • Nouman Iqbal
    Dec 16, 2014 - 6:16PM

    @Abbas
    Islam never teaches us this. How can you blame an extremist’s approach to the religion. I am sorry to say this but you are mixing extremists and fanatic’s ideology with the religion. When clearly they are two very different things. Its not about having a liberal society. Its about getting rid of these lunatics who are out there inculcating ludicrous ideologies among the people. May Allah guide us and our rulers in the right path.

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  • Syed Imam Ali
    Dec 16, 2014 - 6:27PM

    @harkol:
    Rightly put Sir, their is no such thing as ‘good’ or ‘bad’ terrorist. A terrorist is terrorist, he has got no religion, he is not even human in the first place…. I’ve always wanted to talk to an atheist and ask so many questions, so I was thinking can I have your e-mail by any chance?!

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  • a&a
    Dec 16, 2014 - 6:27PM

    Thanks Zia ul haq you have created these monsters…….

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  • Pakistani
    Dec 16, 2014 - 6:31PM

    We will keep gathering pieces of our kids unless we Burn the Nests of Monsters. LEJ, JUD, LET TTP, HG, GBG and All others whom Government think are Bad/Good Militants. You have to Kill them All.

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  • Wah
    Dec 16, 2014 - 6:35PM

    NOW they are targeting our young ones
    If we have not been humans we must have killed these killers like other animals do while protecting their young ones
    today it may not be your child but what next …..it may be your child
    Let us rise above all differences to SAVE OUR CHILDREN
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  • Sajida
    Dec 16, 2014 - 6:36PM

    Mourne,reflect,and rise up against these creatures.There is no other option.

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  • Khurram
    Dec 16, 2014 - 6:37PM

    heart is in deep sorrow ..barbaric act ..now to the terrorists

    Where ever u go we will find u we will come to u and we will kill u

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  • shahid sherazi
    Dec 16, 2014 - 6:45PM

    same culprits of bajaur madrassa incident are behind this incident !!!

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  • Mohmammed shuaib
    Dec 16, 2014 - 6:46PM

    @Abbas:
    Assalamu alaikum warahamthullahi wabarakathu…
    Brother i’m from india..you have not understand to say that we should be liberal like west..
    western society is worst society….
    This is no way islam….
    this is against islam…..
    Islamis society is best one….but as afar as i know islamis society is nowhere in world even in muslim countries…..
    inna lilllahi wa inna ilaihi raajioon…

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  • Azi
    Dec 16, 2014 - 6:47PM

    Ban all religious organizations, rename Islamic republic of Pakistan into just Pakistan. Anyone religious, keep your religion to personal level like the shirt you wear.

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  • Muneeb Abdul Shakoor
    Dec 16, 2014 - 6:57PM

    @Syed Imam Ali @Nouman Iqbal

    People like you have been a disaster for Pakistan. Secularism is the only thing that will save Pakistan. Every group in Pakistan has their interpretation of Islam and each think they are correct and all the other interpretations are wrong. Every sect will be fighting because they think they are right and everyone is wrong. If you think your version of Islam is correct then keep your opinions inside the walls of your house

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  • Sajid Farooqi
    Dec 16, 2014 - 7:00PM

    Let this be the last one!

    Let’s avenge

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  • nadia
    Dec 16, 2014 - 7:00PM

    No doubt its heart wrecking….extremely sad incident but it cant b blamed on religion….islam is religion of peace….ttp is org created by enemies of islam to malign islam…..these innocent souls have definitely earned jannah and may patience of the families also earn them janah

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  • Nusrah
    Dec 16, 2014 - 7:02PM

    Each and everyone of you, let us recite the aytal kursi and fatihah for the deceased children and their families. May Allah give them the patience to bear this loss!

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  • Tahir Khan
    Dec 16, 2014 - 7:12PM

    @nadeem:
    Please tell how they are responsible.
    The man who pulled the trigger is doing it on TTP orders.
    The callous hearts of these killers are to blame.
    I fail to find how twisted your logic is which denies the wrongdoings of another muslim with evidence happening right in front of your eyes.

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  • Poornima Nair
    Dec 16, 2014 - 7:23PM

    What kind of perverts attack children? These so called talibanis don’t care about religion or humanity. They just want to dominate, they are tyrants who want to get their way, they are oppressors.. God help those innocent children!

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  • Tahir Khan
    Dec 16, 2014 - 7:26PM

    Pakistan as a country and a nation needs to look deep down to how education is being misused in the name of religion and to stop it. All madrassahs have to be closed, the boys sent home. Only State Education allowed. State education curriculum needs to be revamped and religious bias eradicated.
    Science should be science. Maths should be maths. Islamic Studies should be carefully looked at. These atrocities have to be stopped. If the Pakistan govt needs more troops it should call for national call up to arms and all applicants should be vetted. This atrocity will bring forward many men to arms.

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  • Ahmad
    Dec 16, 2014 - 7:27PM

    We all are aware ,very well, that who can be ,behind this brutal incident. But our hypocrisy have reached to its highest by not point out the real terrorist and put all the blame on Taliban… Just to hide the reality.
    Our media is on front foot…. by misguiding the poor masses…. All anti Islamic people are blindly blaming Islam for it with out having any solid observation of the matter..

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  • Dec 16, 2014 - 7:32PM

    @nadeem:
    They are, but so is anyone who even indirectly lends support to the Taliban’s agenda by failing to identify every member of it as a terrorist and an enemy, by supporting laws that discriminate based on religion, or valuing one human’s life over another based on what they believe in. That is the mindset that leads to this.

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  • henna
    Dec 16, 2014 - 7:39PM

    @Abbas:
    Pls dont blame Islam bcuz of some ignorants. Islam is for all the humanity and islam doesnt teach any muslim to kill. Pls make ur statements thoughtfully. Islam is not to be blamed for. May Allah bless those little angels. Ameen

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  • Muneeb Abdul Shakoor
    Dec 16, 2014 - 7:48PM

    @Mohmammed shuaib
    “western society is worst society….”
    It was was “western society” who killed those innocent children. Wake up man.
    Look at our society and the tacit support for these killers in parts of our society from top to bottom.
    Look at ourselves. Look at the corruption. It is not just our leaders. It is also the people. What honesty or trust is left in Pakistan. What peace is there in Pakistan. Some of us think that Pakistan is the worst society.

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  • Ruhan
    Dec 16, 2014 - 7:52PM

    May Allah give the families patience both in peshawar and the places were the army is operating and also killing innocent people. My feelings go to both.

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  • Proud Pakistani
    Dec 16, 2014 - 7:52PM

    Just close all the Madrassas through out Pakistan – this is the only solution.

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  • Musa
    Dec 16, 2014 - 7:57PM

    @Abbas:
    Your comment is a by-product of the 100 years of colonial rule of the sub-continent. The west is far from liberal and further far from perfect. Religion and liberalism is far from being separate and there is no correlation with intellectualism and religiousness . You were unable to spell personal and you clearly are not religious. I live in a western society and you can’t begin to fathom the depravities we suffer from here. So mind your language sir. There is a huge misinterpretation. of the Islamic texts so do not be a sheep and follow the crowd learn before you speak.

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  • Musa
    Dec 16, 2014 - 7:59PM

    @Azi:
    Far from liberalism sir .

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  • Ben
    Dec 16, 2014 - 8:03PM

    My heart goes out to the bereaved and injured, and to the people of Pakistan. It is time for you to wipe out this vermin. Show no quarter, have no mercy.

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  • Saifullah
    Dec 16, 2014 - 8:10PM

    @Muneeb Abdul Shakoor:
    Did secularism save British Empire from falling apart? Did it save Europe from the World Wars? Tell me which religious philosophy does USA follow to meddle its nose in the affairs of at least 20-25 countries? Did religion play any part when Russia attacked Afghanistan? Or when Japan attacked China? Or when Mongols wrecked havoc in Baghdad? No. The one who is violent will find any reason to fight. The reason might be religion, ethnicity, nationalism, tribalism or just sickness in the head.

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  • Afnan Hafiz
    Dec 16, 2014 - 8:13PM

    Allah will punish those who use His Holy name for their shameful and Un-Islamic acts! Those who are really fighting in the path of Allah NEVER attack children, women or old people! These men are not Muslims! They don’t even come in the list of Unbelievers!

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  • Umair
    Dec 16, 2014 - 8:13PM

    You illetrate people have no right to claim who is right and wrong where are u people when America does atrocities in guantanomo bay,Iraq,Afghanistan,Syria and uncountably others you people look like hypocrites.Recommend

  • Moiz Omar
    Dec 16, 2014 - 8:28PM

    What kind of inhumanity does it take to be able to murder so many people, including so many children? The Armed Forces should finish off these terrorists once and for all. R.I.P to all the deceased.

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  • TooTrue
    Dec 16, 2014 - 8:32PM

    Yes recite the kalma. It’s the answer to everything in this world.

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  • I am a Khan
    Dec 16, 2014 - 8:40PM

    Very very sad day.

    I dont not understand why some liberals drag Islam into this. TTP have clearly said this was a revenge attack for the zarb e asb operation. TTP do not follow islam, they follow their own revengeful and hate filled mind.

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  • Omair Homaey
    Dec 16, 2014 - 8:40PM

    By far the darkest day in the history of Pakistan !
    Can’t imagine the pain of the parents lifting their children’s coffin..

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  • Foads
    Dec 16, 2014 - 8:44PM

    Religion isn’t god! It’s tax or a gang! You follow it you will feel pain and maybe even lose your soul! God is love god is peace god is silence! Muslim Christians and Jews all an illusion from you yourselfRecommend

  • Paki_Girl
    Dec 16, 2014 - 8:48PM

    Anyone who thinks these Taliban are Muslim, NO. They aren’t even human. Killing innocent little children is the most inhumane thing anyone can do, and Islam would never ever support such a heinous crime. None of us can even begin to imagine the horror the kids felt, or the anxiety the parents felt when they heard what was happening.

    This is what Malala stood up against, and the saddest thing is that she is the only one who is actually doing something about it. The Pakistani government is as useful as a broken stick.

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  • shama
    Dec 16, 2014 - 8:51PM

    @Abbas:
    Take it from someone who lives in the west. We have a lot of people gunning innocent bystanders here too my friend. The problemnis these scumbags were not religious. They were deluded. Religious people don’t do these things. Evil people do. We cannot blame islam for this.

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  • Omair Homaey
    Dec 16, 2014 - 9:02PM

    The worst day in the history of Pakistan !

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  • HZR
    Dec 16, 2014 - 9:04PM

    @intellectual.pseudo:
    So long as religion dominates society this is the price one has to pay because each nut case wil interpret relgion to suit his view and kill others if you disgree.Put religion on the backburner and work for people.No god will come to our rescue.We have to work and make ourselves better and that is the truth.Look at the ‘religous fancitcs’ who hav ruthlessly killed innocent children.what do they know about god or all that stuff.they should have been playing laughing, studying and having fun.Not death and killing.

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  • Faryal
    Dec 16, 2014 - 9:08PM

    @Abbas:

    Blaming the religion makes as much sense as blaming the victims of the crime. As for the west, I believe the school shootings is nothing new in the west.

    Humans can be the worst of the worse. May Allag give us the real understanding of Islam. Ameen

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  • Oats
    Dec 16, 2014 - 9:15PM

    @Umair: The only illiterate I see posting on this blog is you. How can anyone justify killing innocent children no matter what? The killers who are behind this are simple cowards who have no respect for humanity. It doesn’t matter what anyone is or isn’t doing to anyone else in the world. In doesn’t matter whether Europeans have killed more people in the world than all others combined in all their industrial scale wars. What matters is that many households in Pakistan will be weeping because cowards attack children with guns because they can’t fight the Pakistani army. It is clear that the Pakistani army is giving the cowards a good beating which is why this is the extent of the cowards success: attacking women and unarmed little children to please their foreign masters.I hope the security force give the cowards the justice they deserve because the whole nation stands together in defeating them once and for all.

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  • Syed Ali Shah
    Dec 16, 2014 - 9:23PM

    @Syed Imam Ali:

    Imam, we have people commenting here who have different religious backgrounds. Some people come here with an agenda to defame Islam and put every blame on Islam. Such people come here with fake names, most of the times with muslim names.

    Thanks for your effort to clearify things for general reader who doesn’t understand the background and depth of things happening in this region.

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  • nida iqbal
    Dec 16, 2014 - 9:29PM

    what a *shameful * act . The barbarians never fall in the category of humans so forget about being Muslims. MY heart bleeds:(

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  • bahadur khan
    Dec 16, 2014 - 9:40PM

    my condolences for parents whose children died, please spare a moment for the children who died on bombay train station due to terrorist firing and children whose parents died in attack on parliament, New Delhi.Recommend

  • Zia Ullah Akhunzada
    Dec 16, 2014 - 9:41PM

    Oh you beautiful and brave kids! Your blood sacrifice will never ever go useless, in Sha Allah.

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  • bahadur khan
    Dec 16, 2014 - 9:43PM

    @Hasan: 1942 -1946 3 million persons killed by Hussein Suhrawardy and his gangs in Calcutta . best performance was Noakhali 1946. No wonder he died unwanted in beirut.

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  • Kharal
    Dec 16, 2014 - 9:51PM

    Intelligence infrastrcuture and patrolling with all time information sharing should be made necessary and no tolerance for such actions, punishing the culprits and controllers would leverage to stop terrorism

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  • DM
    Dec 16, 2014 - 9:55PM

    Time to change our thinking… No point in holding the religious candle … Just finish them all.. No good or bad talibs.. They are all bad

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  • shaw
    Dec 16, 2014 - 10:19PM

    I have never felt more God forsaken in my life before, and reading all these post, watching those innocent dead bodies , are only making it worst, I wish I could help. Recommend

  • Chris
    Dec 16, 2014 - 10:37PM

    Another heinous link in a long, long chain of unspeakable actions the Taliban has created. Gunning down children and teachers.

    My condolences to all of you and your nation. I know my country (the U.S.) isn’t always very popular over there, but my countrymen weep for you and your dead today.

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  • Dec 16, 2014 - 10:46PM

    Ameen

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  • Sana
    Dec 16, 2014 - 10:54PM

    @nadeem:
    You cant blame army for this.

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  • Zoha
    Dec 16, 2014 - 10:56PM

    Actually we all have a part in this, not only the elite and the wealthy. Its very easy to play the blame game while resting on our seats, behind screens and very difficult to find a solution to these problems. @nadeem:

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  • Abhishek Khurana
    Dec 16, 2014 - 10:57PM

    We, the people of India, stand by you, our brothers and sisters from Pakistan, against these barbaric criminals, who, in the name of such a peace teaching religion has created an atmosphere of global fear across the World. It is now, a time for all the human beings to unite together and show these dastardly cowards, the right definition of “Jahannum”.

    Our sincere condolences to the bereaved families. May god bless you and provide you strength.

    Pakistan Army should now, act with an utter agression against these cowards.

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  • Anonymous
    Dec 16, 2014 - 11:32PM

    @nadeem:
    The only people to blame are those ruthless and heartless creatures. Nothing could’ve been done in a situation like this. They could’ve blown up, to state the least. Security cannot be enhanced everywhere. With monsters like those on the run, defensive measures are of no use. They deserve to be hunted down.

    We’d rather pray for our motherland, and the departed souls. Also, may Allah(swt) give their families the strength to encounter this grief. #saynotoblamegame

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  • Sal
    Dec 16, 2014 - 11:33PM

    Religion? How come these ‘Muslim’ terrorists never attack the non-Muslims?

    And How come the houses of our prime ministers and presidents and all the politicians are never attacked by the Taliban? Why always the innocent? Planned well or protected well??

    A complete utter failure of our government. One attack is enough to provoke an efficient defence mechanism…this is just one after the other…massacre after another…

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  • Saad
    Dec 16, 2014 - 11:48PM

    @sameer:
    You say ‘ no one knows what is going on behind the scenes’ yet you say they are trained by zionists; that does not make sense. The Taliban are an oppressive, evil group that disguise their actions under religion. It doesn’t matter whether they are in Afghanistan or Pakistan, their ideology is the same.

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  • Unknown
    Dec 16, 2014 - 11:51PM

    @abbas @Azi
    Seriously what today`s incident has to do with Islam.. Damn those terrorists who killed too many children today damn them to hell. I think short minded people like you creating such wars.Today children died were muslims their parents are muslim people died in western invasion of Iraq Afghanistan Syria were muslims Our Army fighters are muslims not these invaders and warmonger and these terrorists. Your comments show how peace loving you are trying to create war even on this site. By targeting our beautiful religion Islam? Those terrorists are actually brainwashed people and not muslims they are just like you evil minded and ignorant, They were not muslims and never will be. And if u want to be a spoon of the west go to there people like you are destroying Pakistan. In the end Islam does not create war Islam ends them understand? But no you are too peaceful i think you cant understand.

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  • Dapoon Rai
    Dec 16, 2014 - 11:52PM

    Bravo Taliban! You’ve proved how weak you are. What’s next? Killing new born babies so you can satisfy your ego? What do you hope to achieve by this? How is this revenge in the slightest sense?

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  • hellodrsoul
    Dec 17, 2014 - 12:32AM

    Just throw away this garbage constitution with all its cancer of general Zia. Hit the reset button and make a new Pakistan with laws compatible with desires of people of Pakistan. Why try to become champions if we are proving to be the worst of human beings. Why not turn moderate in all aspects of life including religion.Recommend

  • Maliha Nasir
    Dec 17, 2014 - 12:45AM

    I am a student of grade 7 and I am 12 years old .now after this all I am a bit scarred from going to school . I don’t believe that even schools are save from these attack they don’t care that how many children are dead or injered or missing are they humans or animals can you imagin that after all this someone wants to send their children to school .For all those children may Almighty Allah give tolerance to their parents and all the Marty rest in peace .and for those who killed them they must be punished.in front of the world and here after .

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  • Muhammad Mustaqeem shah
    Dec 17, 2014 - 12:53AM

    Not justified and no one can justify. Which leads me to doubt very much that these people can even be affiliated to Islam in any way.
    Even the disgusting massacre that took place in westgate, Kenya, they spared children and their parents. This is a new level of filth which has never happened in Pakistan before. Which begs the question why only after the free reign given to the CIA and American troops?
    Same story in Iraq and Afghanistan.Recommend

  • Sabar
    Dec 17, 2014 - 1:58AM

    @Hasan:
    this was at least 50 years ago. We are now in 2014 my friend.

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  • Ahmad
    Dec 17, 2014 - 2:00AM

    At this time of great tragedy, the question should be asked:
    Where is the money and ammunition for these ruthless animals coming from? Who is their patron?
    Also as a nation don’t be selective in condemnation. CONDEMN ALL ACTS OF VIOLENCE.
    Why is media glorifying these animals, politician wanting to have dialog with them? Why is necessary to give these creatures platform for their agenda? Case in point-TTP spokesman claims responsibly for this heinous act . They are gloating because their name is all over the news for this despicable act.
    These terrorists should be eradicated by the full force of law. They are the lowest form of living being. Calling them animals is an insult to the animals.

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  • Rizwan Liaqat
    Dec 17, 2014 - 2:49AM

    I really hope Abbas’ comment was sarcastic, this attack had nothing to do with Islam. It was the desperate act of a criminal organisation that knows it is on the verge of extinction. Your beloved West has had a long spate of school and university shootings. How easily people overlook incidents like Virginia Tech and the Norway shootings.

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  • maddy
    Dec 17, 2014 - 3:17AM

    Australian police would not have let that happen…
    In out time of need as soon as there was 1 shot fired everyone of our authoritys we in… this is so tragic..

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  • Munaza
    Dec 17, 2014 - 3:24AM

    @Abbas: What happened is truly horrible, but has nothing to do with Islam. FYI, the ‘west’ is certainly not immune to such problems simply because they are liberated. There have been hundreds of mass shooting incidents, including school shootings in the USA. Google it.
    May Allah have mercy on the fallen and their loved ones. Ameen.

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  • Kolsat
    Dec 17, 2014 - 3:52AM

    This murder of students and teachers at this school is the height of barbarity. My heart bleeds for the relatives of the students and teachers killed. In order that such things do not happen again, Muslims must repudiate the violent teachings of the religion such as those in sura 9.5 or 8.12. Islam needs to modernise and learn to join the 21st century. Is Muslims behave with peace and acceptance of other religions or even the sects of Islam they will find friends everywhere.

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  • Philosopher
    Dec 17, 2014 - 4:02AM

    Makes me wish Islam returns back to it’s Golden Age. The way it was around 1100-1400AD

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  • Nouman
    Dec 17, 2014 - 4:15AM

    @Brother Muneeb
    I completely agree on secularism. The interpretations are truly somewhat varied. But i am pretty sure no one in their right state of mind would order to kill innocent people. I am just pointing out that its not Islam. Its the people. The misinterpretations.

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  • Ahsan mirza
    Dec 17, 2014 - 4:31AM

    Kill them all….. Taliban in Afghanistan or Pakistan @sameer:

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  • emraan
    Dec 17, 2014 - 5:30AM

    Too much of anything is bad even religion.

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  • TooTrue
    Dec 17, 2014 - 6:26AM

    All the wailing to Allah will do no good while you teach this murderous doctrine to your children. Just start locally – don’t teach your children the rubbish taught to you by your parents. Break the chain.

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  • Khurshid zaman
    Dec 17, 2014 - 6:38AM

    We have done a lot of mistakes,
    1. We fought for US against RUS in Afghanistan and disturbed the natural balance of power.
    2. We get dictated what US required.
    3. Once these people were honored and respected as Jihadists against RUS.
    4. All world financed them to fight against RUS.
    5. This was not our war but we jumped into it.
    6. Outing scorpions in the neighborhood does not means they will not enter our homes.
    7. Its a real time to get united on humanitarian basis and fight these evil out.

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  • khan
    Dec 17, 2014 - 6:55AM

    @ Saifullah
    “The one who is violent will find any reason to fight. The reason might be religion, ethnicity, nationalism, tribalism or just sickness in the head. ”
    but most of the violent muslims find religion as their favorite reason and prefer it on others.

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  • ramanan
    Dec 17, 2014 - 7:01AM

    Would like to know what the great patriot of Pakistan, the father of Taliban, Gen Hamid Gul and his admirers have to say on this.

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  • Rajesh bala
    Dec 17, 2014 - 7:45AM

    This is an appalling assault on humanity. Children have paid a price for years of misadventure indulged in by politicians and the military. It is time to understand that there is no good and bad terrorism. Whatever seems to serve our purposes today, will come back to haunt us. Those who live by the gun will die by the gun! We can be verbose today in our criticism of what people responsible but is the price we have paid, as humanity, acceptable?
    There will be a brutal retribution for this dastardly act which will again bring about another attack and the vicious cycle of violence continues!
    What are the options available?
    1. Launch a massive operation like Sri Lanka did to eliminate the LTTE. The cadres were no less fanatical than the Taliban suicide bombers. Was LTTE not the origin for suicide bombings…..
    2. Take a broader approach of education, investments, employment and see results over a decade perhaps. Punjab in India is an example.
    there are probably several more options that lie between these wide apart approaches.
    However, a starting point is a rejection of extreme interpretation of Islam by Muslims worldwide. The moderate Muslim voice which has been perpetually silent needs to rise and be heard. Please let politics not make use of religion as a divisive force. The price has been paid but let it not be in vain. The lives lost should haunt us every time a wrong decision is made. I do hope the parents do not let the powers to be to forget what has descended upon. Amen

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  • AJamal
    Dec 17, 2014 - 7:47AM

    Moving forward, nothing good is going to happen. There will be increased security for the rulers and their families with new elite force and more security barriers. Ordinary people will remain the soft targets for these terrorists.

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  • JK
    Dec 17, 2014 - 8:54AM

    I’m writing from Bangladesh….just could not stop sharing my feelings. I wonder to what extent a human can go worse. Pakistan and its people must fight this together.

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  • Tariq
    Dec 17, 2014 - 9:32AM

    Don’t blame guns, blame the people who use it. I have heard that somewhere before. Most of the apologists here sound like NRA. It’s about time the glorious land of Islam realized that there are some serious weaknesses in this religion and it’s about time it’s modernized like the rest of the religions around the world. Don’t be embarrassed as all religions are inflicted by this disease.

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  • Saleem
    Dec 17, 2014 - 9:54AM

    This is not less than 9/11 for Pakistan. I hope this would be an eye opener for Pakistan Army.

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  • Mohammed Ismail
    Dec 17, 2014 - 10:30AM

    Cognitive dissonance. Why would you care about their afterlife if you hate them enough to kill them? #

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  • Ajit
    Dec 17, 2014 - 11:23AM

    This is not about religion or revenge. This is pure cruelty and something you would not do even to your worst enemy. No religion or society could possibly practice or preach such acts.

    Love and condolences from the other side of border! Be strong Pakistan, I know its a tough moment.Recommend

  • Ali
    Dec 17, 2014 - 12:39PM

    @intellectual.pseudo:
    Enough man ! there is no conspiracy or foreigners it is your own people with your own ideology. How long you keep blaming others, first fix your front yard

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  • hina
    Dec 17, 2014 - 1:21PM

    After listening kalima.. did they left any student or fired him too??

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  • Pankaj
    Dec 17, 2014 - 2:13PM

    Except muslims everyone understands that it has something to do with religion !
    What material gain can motivate to blow yourself after killing innocent children ? you should be convinced that you are going to get something after this life for doing that !
    And Only religions have exclusive right on such matters !

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  • FAIR
    Dec 17, 2014 - 2:39PM

    @harkol:
    A rare sensible voice among irrational utternings and emotional displays. If only more people were like you, this tragedy could have been avoided.

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  • vijay ramesh
    Dec 17, 2014 - 2:47PM

    Very sad incident which will never be forgotten in the books of history. 16 Dec should be observed as a Black Day in Pakistan every year in memory of all the kids and people who lost their lives in this attack. Taliban are notorious for this and when will they stop these acts is something only Allah will know? But what about Imran Khan? He also is responsible for the lawlessness in Pakistan today. Because of him several people are on the streets for days and the Govt does not function and police and army has to be called in to maintain law and order. Imran Khan is a curse for Pakistan today and Paki people have to boycott him and his party. Isn’t his party ruling Khyber Paktunwa? then where was this man when this tragedy happened. Is he not supposed to see the law & order in his K-P State where Peshawar is situated. Imran Khan also should be booked under ‘Sedition’ and thrown in the jail for 25 yrs.

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  • SAL
    Dec 17, 2014 - 3:36PM

    Why take these talabans as prisoner, kill then at sight. If you fix them up then they are exchanged or escape from prison to return once again.
    Close all madrassas and teach the kids in Army camps.

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  • R L Keshwani
    Dec 17, 2014 - 4:07PM

    My heartfelt condolences to the unfortunate grieving families who lost their
    loved ones.
    This is the handiwork of terrorists who definitely cannot be true Muslims whatever these so-call jrhadis profess to be.
    It is high time that India and Pakistan joined hands to rid our countries of such terrorists who are just murderers.
    May God give strength to the grieving families to bear this tragic loss of their loved ones.Recommend

  • Citizen26
    Dec 17, 2014 - 4:41PM

    Kids RIP and may Allah give you all place in 7th Heaven and may Allah have mercy on your families and us. We will take revenge for you kids.

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  • Poor Indian
    Dec 17, 2014 - 4:59PM

    Only soul-less animals ( and I do animals an injustice) could do this to children. Can not even begin to comprehend what people in Pakistan & Peshawar would be going through.

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  • Afaq
    Dec 17, 2014 - 5:37PM

    O Allah help us!

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  • Asif
    Dec 17, 2014 - 5:50PM

    If we flinch they will do this again. Go and get them.

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  • Arif Aziz
    Dec 17, 2014 - 6:50PM

    I still cannot come to terms with the brutality committed against our children..We Pakistanis are resilient, strong and move on after every blow…….but we are still Humans…We do have hearts….This incident has really hurt us……

    My resolve is stronger than ever before that we have to eradicate this menace called Taliban. This is a question of survival of Pakistan and Pakistani Nation now….It is either us or them now….

    And there cannot be any grey areas any more……

    May Allah bless us all and give us the strength to withstand this….

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  • iSee
    Dec 17, 2014 - 7:33PM

    @Faizan: There were “good” Muslims I saw who were Ok with the fire & stampede death of Lahore concert goers few years back. There were others who were OK with or didn’t mind the killings of Minorities. This is just an extension of that. If you don’t mind little of unjustified killing then the Fire will spread to you Home too. This “New” Phenomenon is being experienced by the whole world now. Stop the Wrong anywhere you see, Now.

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  • Imran
    Dec 17, 2014 - 9:34PM

    This murder of students and teachers at this school is the height of barbarity. My heart bleeds for the relatives of the students and teachers killed. In order that such things do not happen again, Muslims must repudiate the violent teachings of the religion such as those in sura 9.5 or 8.12. Islam needs to modernise and learn to join the 21st century. Is Muslims behave with peace and acceptance of other religions or even the sects of Islam they will find friends everywhere.

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  • Anonymous
    Dec 17, 2014 - 10:01PM

    Zubair Mahsood
    May Allah forgive all of us & give comfort to the soul of the martyrs in Jannat Ul Firdous
    I belong to trible area south Waziristan.
    According to me, this blood shed can never be wind up in Pakistan until Pakistan doesn’t leave the one saying that is.
    “The war on terror will continue untill a single terrorist or miscreant isn’t killed by the Pakistan”

    Why this stopped and fool kind of statements are mostly made by our leaders?

    Havnt our these incapable leaders studied the rules & psychology of the human nature?

    OR
    Do you think these sayings are the sources of their own wrong made policies imposed on us?Recommend

  • Khurasani
    Dec 17, 2014 - 10:03PM

    @vijay ramesh: IK & NS Govt are in a “politically correct” dead lock. Can’t blame either.
    @R L Keshwani: I’m 100% with you.
    @Poor Indian: Thank you!
    @iSee: I applaud your comment!
    @Philosopher: That’s exactly the goal of the Extremists and the Radical Muslims are Sir! You can join them too!
    @Abhishek Khurana: Thankyou Sir! But we can only hold them for so long. Your moral support is appreciated.
    @sameer: What are you talking about? Their leaders quotes Islamic verses for their actions, did you read them? Or did you read them from the trusty internet? They are protected by Jamaat e Islami and Lal Masjid Imaams as “true Muslims”. Are you calling those two supporters not Muslim?

    These are Extremists no doubt who are supported by extremist Muslims including famous public leaders, political parties, masjid imams also Religious Seminaries. Let’s see a List of Religious parties & Institutions who came out and publicly denounced this incident, then we see if they are condoning TTP or not, shall we? All supporters of TTP have “Blood on their hands” of these innocents. I claim!

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  • ZUBAIR MAHSOOD
    Dec 17, 2014 - 10:04PM

    Zubair Mahsood
    May Allah forgive all of us & give comfort to the soul of the martyrs in Jannat Ul Firdous
    I belong to trible area south Waziristan.
    According to me this blood shade can never be wind up in Pakistan untill Pakistan doesn’t leave the one saying that is.
    “The war on terror will continue untill a single terrorist or miscreant isn’t killed by the Pakistan”

    Why this stopped and fool kind of statements are mostly made by our leaders?

    Havnt our these incapable leaders studied the rules & psychology of the human nature?

    OR
    Do you think these sayings are the sources of their own wrong made policies imposed on us?Recommend

  • Omar Khokhar
    Dec 17, 2014 - 10:37PM

    @Mohammad:
    It’s okay to cry even if you are a man – you are a human first

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  • Saurabh
    Dec 17, 2014 - 10:59PM

    Deep condolences from me and all india. There are no words to explain this disaster. Terrorism is real face of shaitan,who should be stoned. I can’t even imagine how these terrorists can sleep after killing any person. Peshawar killing explains any so called jehads are pure nonsense act.

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  • Zeb
    Dec 17, 2014 - 11:01PM

    @Abbas:
    In west these kinds of incidents happen most. Just have a look on ‘list of school shootings in United States’ and you’ll get to know the actual number of massacres. Islam has nothing to do with this and forbids us from harming anyone. And yes Islam should be first practised at personal level. But people here in discussion are neither muslims nor human! So please, don’t relate them with our religion of peace.

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  • Wassi
    Dec 17, 2014 - 11:48PM

    Religion must be practised as done in other muslim countries. Such idiots who are nothing but a bunch of brutality must be stopped and uf caught must be publically hanged.

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  • Ryan
    Dec 17, 2014 - 11:56PM

    No words can describe how horrified I am by this. My heart goes out to the families of the victims of this terrible tragedy. The world mourns with you.

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  • Raymond Sparkes
    Dec 18, 2014 - 12:03AM

    This incident has saddened the whole nation & many other countries as well.My deepest sympathies & condolences go out to all the families who lost they loved angels. These demons do not belong to any religion as no religion gives a human, rights to kill another human being, these demons are surely Cults.

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  • Tanvi
    Dec 18, 2014 - 1:01AM

    I am a student, a girl, an Indian, but more importantly I am a human. We are devastated with what we have seen. There is panic here as well, we are scared as well. I know that words cannot heal all wounds but I say this with firm conviction, “The Students of India stand with their Pakistani brothers and sisters”

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  • Angel
    Dec 18, 2014 - 1:08AM

    Taliban, Isis etc and extremists are a direct result of wahabi and salafi doctrine. We have the house of saud to thank in arab for the spread of their violent and intolerable form of islam around the world using petro dollars. Wahabi extremists are scum and I consider all black islamic flag waving jihadist of that doctrine to be apostates and not of our religion. May god destroy them for ever……they are found in Iraq, syria, lybia, pakistan, somalia, nigeria waging their flawed jihad, they are all misguided and as far away from Islam as can be….( Maz dont kid yourself hun, this has nothing to do with imperialism……the taliban have been brain washing their people and supporters iinto thinking they are following divine Islam They are nothing more than scum who deserved to be hunted down like rabid dogs and to be put down for everyones safety!

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  • Angel
    Dec 18, 2014 - 1:09AM

    I also agree that alot of the jihadists have been funded and trained by Western govts etc starting with soviet war in afghanistan. BUt what makes the taliban, isis, al shab etc so cruel , evil and heinous is their religous doctrine, you would never get hamas killing children or beheading other muslims like these wahabi millitants do. Wahabi doctrine turns these millitants to monsters who have no boundaries and can justify everything in name of islam……I believe we will see a huge backlash against taliban in pakistan now, they will lose their already shrinking support at an exponential rate…(Or so I pray)

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  • Nadeem raza
    Dec 18, 2014 - 2:43AM

    No more talking, no new strategies, we should start killing all Talibans and those politicians who support them

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  • Maliha
    Dec 18, 2014 - 3:07AM

    I’m also an apsacian. Recently completed fsc from APS. Though I studied in the Hyderabad campus, I feel as if the incident actually took place in my college. Like that was the same auditorium I used to visit, the same corridors where I usually sat with my friends, the same classes I studied in, the same teachers, same students..! It’s sooo horrifying! The deceased students look so familiar to me.
    Green sweaters n ties… I still have my uniform kept in my cupboard. I can’t sleep since I watched the news updates on TV. I’m scared! N I think of those who suffered n still r suffering.. How r the wretched families going to have patience? How would the innocent minds be able to carry-on their studies after what they witnessed happening to their teachers n friends? How would they cope with this devastating disaster? May Allah SWT help them! Dear Allah please help the suffering parents, grant them peace n tranquility by the thought that they will InshaAllah meet their departed children on the doomsday as their saviours n rescuers, n that they would be the source of forgiveness from the Almighty for their parents. N may all the departed souls, including teachers, n soldiers, be granted the gift of heaven without any judgement from the Lord SWT. Ameen.

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  • Kabilan
    Dec 18, 2014 - 1:05PM

    I can’t imagine a child sent to school comes back in a Coffin !
    Nothing to say except my tears !

    Chennai, TamilNadu, India

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  • Dec 18, 2014 - 8:19PM

    A tragic event. We need to counter terrorism with both actions and fighting the misrepresentation of Islam by some miscreants. Please read this brief article in which I had tried to explain how some miscreants are misunderstanding and then misrepresenting Islam and Jihad: http://islamiceconomics.net/some-misconceptions-about-jihad-in-islam/

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  • ali
    Dec 19, 2014 - 2:53AM

    Peshawar school incident has moved all badly but it does not mean that we start blaming islam which is the most peacefull religion of the world. the actual thing is to propagate and furnish the true spirit of islam which has been vanished from among the muslims and that has resulted this distruction. these culprits are claiming to be the soldiers of islam and are efforting to serve it but actually they are puppets in the hands of satin.

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  • asad parvez
    Dec 20, 2014 - 5:24PM

    @Abbas:
    brother, the problem is not with Islam. These terrorists have distorted Islam according to their own liking. Please think twice before making such a statement again. Islam is a
    Peaceful religion and it does not support terrorism at all.

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  • Petriot
    Dec 21, 2014 - 2:42AM

    Attackers entered the school. Burnt their vehicle. Must have killed some security guard while moving towards the classes and hall. Started indiscriminate firing. Tortured and burnt teachers in front of the students. Searched for students in toilets. I mean, they must have been there for quite some time. The school is nearby army installations and rapid response teams. What took them so long to reach at the site after hearing first fire? Which army team was responsible for security of that area? Who is ACTUALLY responsible for the lapse? It was a security lapse and nothing else. Now we will raise the walls, install razer wires and cameras, will check everyone coming in and out. What for, now? Every child embraced Shahadat feels to me like my to be my own son. Our enemies have proved that they can target every place they want. We are reactive not proactive. Its really hi time to wakeup!

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  • Aliya Raza
    Dec 21, 2014 - 7:49AM

    Today is the fourth day of the massacre and I’m not able to come out of this shock. I can’t stop thinking about the kids who lost their lives. May Allah give patience to their families. My humble request to all Pakistanis is that we should get united at least for the sake of these innocent children who sacrificed their lives. We should stand united and fight terrorism, extremism and corruption. Please don’t let the sacrifice of these souls go in vain!

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  • Jan 21, 2015 - 3:40PM

    Now its time to shake our heads and should take revenge

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