Peshawar carnage: Condemnations pour in from home and world

Published: December 16, 2014
A man carries a student, who was injured during an attack by Taliban gunmen on the Army Public School, after he received treatment at a hospital in Peshawar. PHOTO: REUTERS

A man carries a student, who was injured during an attack by Taliban gunmen on the Army Public School, after he received treatment at a hospital in Peshawar. PHOTO: REUTERS

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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Reader Comments (28)

  • Andaleeb
    Dec 16, 2014 - 8:10PM

    Governor rule must be imposed in KP. The leaders are busy at dharnas around Pakistan.


  • Andaleeb
    Dec 16, 2014 - 8:15PM

    Something is rotting from within and what we are witnessing is the layer at the top. Hope somebody has the courage to do something before it consumes everybody within.


  • waqar
    Dec 16, 2014 - 8:19PM

    attack on school is very cowardly…..there are hundreds over children killed very shocked god give them peace full in heaven…and also gives their mothers and fathers….


  • Sam
    Dec 16, 2014 - 8:26PM

    Why dont we just nuke these monsters? they or their families do not deserve to live after all they have caused to my beloved land.


    Dec 16, 2014 - 8:31PM

    Strange about these foreign leaders and ambassadors. No condemnation when the jews was slaughtering muslims or when muslim kashmiris get killed or when innocents are being killed in waziristan and around. Now again they have a justification of using our brave army for their dirty politics after this attack. May Allah give patience to all families whose family members have been killed whether its in peshawar, kashmir, burma or palestine etc.


  • vaqas
    Dec 16, 2014 - 8:42PM

    I respect ji for their selective condemnation of this heinous act. I mourn with all those who have been affected by it. And I pray for strength for everyone, specially the families of the dead and injured. Speedy recovery to those still in the hospitals of Peshawar. And last but not the least, I condemn and strongly detest all those religio_ political parties and groups, and individuals that have chosen to stay quiet and|or still support these murderous thugs. May sense prevail among you lot and may the utter destruction of this country in the name of religion stop immediately.


  • Igloo
    Dec 16, 2014 - 9:30PM

    @Andaleeb: Shame on you for bringing up politics into this, I could find so many connections of this attack to PMLN but I won’t mention them because I’m not a lowlife sadist like you playing politics on children’s lives.


  • Oats
    Dec 16, 2014 - 10:06PM

    Have some shame. Nothing in the world justifies killing little children at schools like the cowards in TTP. Your attempt to politicize a tragedy just shows that you are a disturbed person. Everyone, foreigners and locals have every right to condemn the cowardly killing of children by Taleban cowards and their foreign backers.Recommend

  • Fawad Gilani
    Dec 16, 2014 - 10:28PM

    Where is Imran Khan? This is what he wants for Pakistan. Dharna and no governance! His children must study in Peshawar in Naya Pakistan!


  • Gaurav Sharma
    Dec 16, 2014 - 11:07PM

    This is barbaric and deprave beyond worst depravity. Pure evil. May parents of these children get strength to withstand this loss. And may Pakistan rise to remove all terror groups from its land,same terror that it has used against others. Now is the time.


  • TiffinBox
    Dec 16, 2014 - 11:08PM

    RIP‬ ‪HUMANITY‬. attacking innocent children makes you feel like a man?, whats next toddlers??. TiffinBox- A very sad Indian.Recommend

  • Jibran
    Dec 16, 2014 - 11:12PM

    Imran Khan is still reluctant to condemn the terrorists by their names. Pakistanis are totally fed up of the collusion, incompetence and wrangling of both PTI and PMLN.


  • unbelievable
    Dec 16, 2014 - 11:14PM

    Strange about these foreign leaders
    and ambassadors. No condemnation when
    the jews was slaughtering muslims

    Why crap all over the people who are expressing sympathy and outrage over this slaughter … why not save some of your anger for the Taliban?


  • Jeff
    Dec 16, 2014 - 11:29PM

    Condemnations are not enough, they have to be rooted out from the whole
    Pakistan. How long the poor nation will wait.


  • sachin
    Dec 17, 2014 - 1:51AM

    Its really heartbreaking. Not able to eat dinner when this news was flashing on our news channels. They were kids. Why them. They were innocent. Its a shameful act. Whatever the God they believe d, I know he will not forgive them.
    PakistaNi people must unite against terrorism. This incident is an eye opener. I know families who lost their beloved ones, will not able to forget this black day, but please God give them power.


  • shouvik mukherjee
    Dec 17, 2014 - 3:32AM

    So very sad and tragic.. Innocent children being killed for going to school.
    May God give their parents strength and courage to bear this overwhelming loss.
    And finally, may the children’s sacrifices never go in vain: Please wipe this evil out from the face of this planet once in for all.


  • RR Iyer
    Dec 17, 2014 - 3:32AM

    May all the blessed parents who have lost children to this unspeakable evil of terrorism-whether good Taliban/bad Taliban or by some other name-get eternal peace!! I sais the same thing after the Mumbai terror attacks and I say the same thing now-please find a way to stop this so that we can all live in peace and happiness together.
    Best wishes,
    RR Iyer
    New York


  • Raza
    Dec 17, 2014 - 4:33AM

    I don’t see any condemnation from our religious parties. Why the silence?


  • Sexton Blake
    Dec 17, 2014 - 6:33AM

    Everyone of these missives is political, including yours. Ruman 3940 was quite correct. Recently Israel killed over 700 children and Britain/France killed over 100,000 in Libya. Nobody seemed to interested then so why the sudden surge of self-righteous sympathy now. In case you think people such as Ruman and I do not care about the children in Peshawar you would be quite wrong. Even 1 child is too many. Unfortunately, our world leaders are doing a very poor job of caring for the world, and this includes bodies such as the UN. We really do deserve better, and the solution will certainly be political if and when our low functioning leaders eventually get around to thinking about a workable solution, which does not include 3,000 pound bombs, bullets, missiles, and constantly glorifying the military. Tragically I do not see any solution in sight


  • manjit rissam
    Dec 17, 2014 - 6:53AM

    People of pakistan should unite and fight against terroisem is only solution nowRecommend

  • AZinKS
    Dec 17, 2014 - 7:39AM

    @Igloo: you would be the lowlife for pick politics in Adaleeb’s words. All she did was state the fact. KPK governor dances away on each dharna container at every rally. Who is watching KPK. #PTIfacts


  • Abdur Raouf
    Dec 17, 2014 - 9:01AM

    Dear Sane Pakistanis.

    Please for the sake of Allah SWT pressurize your government and especially your army to hold firm in it’s resolve to fight these scum of earth. And most important, ditch it’s stupid and baseless ‘strategic depth’ doctrine. The strategic depth your army seeks is in its citizens.

    Please for the sake of Allah, I am wordless.


  • Taimoor
    Dec 17, 2014 - 9:42AM

    Really interesting to see condemnation from Afghans & Indians. What they need to do is stop supporting / giving asylum & funding to TTP.


  • sharabi
    Dec 17, 2014 - 12:23PM

    stop your garbage, Nuke those terrorists now & you will see a deewali festival in India.
    We Indian will be more then happy to see the death of each & every fanatic, terrorists & jahil mullahs.
    You will see a massive welcome in India. Your comment doenst have a single logic. BTW did you know anything about Ostrich?


  • sl
    Dec 17, 2014 - 12:29PM

    Journalists and TV anchors are interviewing people from all walks of life for their comments on this brutal attack. Will someone have the courage to get opinion of Maulvi Abdul Aziz of All Masjid?


  • Candid1
    Dec 18, 2014 - 2:34AM

    Enough talk. Take action now. It’s not enough to kill the foot soldiers of terrorism, but their support network of patrons/apologists/sympathizers/etc. must be taken out also. Close down all the hate preaching madrassas and lock up their teachers and financiers, ban all the self appointed “religious” parties and arrest their leaders and workers and freeze their funds, cancel the licenses of all TV and radio channels that sympathize with such people, do not issue visas for foreign muslims to come to Pakistan to study Islam since there is no unique expertise in Pakistan on this subject, send back all the Afghans living in Pakistan as refugees or illegally even by force if necessary, stop Middle Eastern financing of charities and other groups (both legal and illegal), institute compulsory de-radicalization and re-integration of all workers and their families returning from the Middle East, and issue an ultimatum to US and Europeans to choose between Pakistan or India – they can’t have their cake and eat it too. This is Pakistan’s 9/11, and the time for direct action has unfortunately arrived.


  • ayesha Rizwan
    Jan 23, 2015 - 3:37PM

    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 …


  • ayesha Rizwan
    Jan 23, 2015 - 3:39PM

    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


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