Peshawar carnage: Condemnations pour in from home and world

Global leaders, personalities express sorrow and shock over the horrific attack on school in Peshawar

Afp/web Desk December 16, 2014

As hundreds of children perished in one of the bloodiest insurgent attack in the country in recent years, condemnations poured in from across the globe against the heinous attack. 

Here are some the reactions from world leaders and personalities:

French President Francois Hollande condemned what he described as a "vile" attack on a school in Pakistan Tuesday that has killed at least 130 people, the majority children.

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

The president said that France "supported the government of Pakistan in their fight against terrorism" and expressed solidarity with the victims and their parents.

US President Barack Obama denounces Peshawar school attack

"By targeting students and teachers in this heinous attack, terrorists have once again shown their depravity," he 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."

“On behalf of the American people, US 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,” a statement by the US embassy in Islamabad states.

“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,” it adds.

US Secretary of State John Kerry said America stands with Pakistan in this difficult hour.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon condemns Peshawar school attack

Turkish President condemns Peshawar school attack

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called PM Nawaz and condemned the terror attack, our correspondent Abdul Manan reports.

"We convey our condolences to the families of innocent kids and people," the Turkish president said.

Afghan leaders offer condolences

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah also called PM Nawaz and conveyed their condolences over the loss of lives.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani condemns attack on school in Peshawar.

Germany condemns 'cruel cowardice' of Peshawar school attack

Germany on Tuesday condemned the "cruel cowardice" of a Taliban attack that killed at least 130 people, most of who are children.

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."

Further, Human Rights Watch Executive Director Kenneth Roth also said "there is no justification for Taliban attack on schoolchildren."

Jemima Khan, former wife of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief, expressed her condolences for the victims and their families.

Former Minister of State for Faith and Communities Sayeeda Warsi condemns the horrific attack on children and teachers.

Indian tennis player Sania Mirza Artiste Javed Akhtar tweet about the innocent lives lost in the attack on Tuesday.

Akthar terms it as a "black day for humanity".

UK Prime Minister David Cameroon condemns the attack, and said it was "horrifying that children are being killed simply for going to school".

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi strongly condemned the "cowardly" attack.

Modi branded the attack "a senseless act of unspeakable brutality" and said India shares rival Pakistan's pain.

He spoke to PM Nawaz Sharif on telephone and offered his condolences. Modi assured that India stands with Pakistan in its fight against terror.

Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh earlier said the attack exposed the "real face of terrorism".

Former Indian batsman Virender Sehwag tweets about the innocent lives lost in the attack.

"As a father, this pain kills me," he tweeted.

Indian Test cricketer Parthiv Patel send his thoughts and prayers to the families of the victims.

Former England cricket skipper Michael Vaughan terms the incident as that of cowardice.

Malala "heartbroken" by Peshawar school slayings

Nobel peace laureate Malala Yousafzai said she was "heartbroken" by "the senseless and cold blooded killing" of scores of children by Taliban militants in Peshawar.

"I am heartbroken by this senseless and cold blooded act of terror in Peshawar that is unfolding before us. Innocent children in their school have no place in horror such as this," Malala said in a statement.

"I condemn these atrocious and cowardly acts and stand united with the government and armed forces of Pakistan whose efforts so far to address this horrific event are commendable."

Saqlain Mushtaq, Former Pakistan Test Bowler, prays for the loss of innocent lives in the tragic incident.

Pakistan cricket all-rounder Shahid Afridi expresses shock in regard to the incident.

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ayesha Rizwan | 6 years ago | Reply

@Candid1: I am also one of a student of Karachi schools and we people are getting threats but we will go to school although I will get a shahadat death and I would fight for the peshawar attack just wait and watch and sorry for your beloved ones

ayesha Rizwan | 6 years ago | Reply

I am also a student of Karachi schools and our schools are getting threats but we will go to school and fight against terrorism I am not afraid of a death of shahadat and peshawar attack is very heart touching so please all of us should join together to fight against it ...

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