LAHORE - The religio-political parities have strongly condemned the terrorist attack in an army school at Warsak Road Peshawar.

The leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami, Pakistan Awami Tehreek, Sunni Ittehad Council, Majlis-e-Wahdatul Muslimeen, Jamiat Ulma-e-Islam-Faz), Jamiat Ulma-e-Islam-Sami, Jamiat Ahlehadith, Jamaat-e-Ahlesunnat, Jammatud Dawa, Ulema Mahaikh Council, and other parties termed the attack brutal act.

The leaders, through separate statements issued from party offices on Tuesday, offered their condolence to families of innocent children, teachers and school management who martyred in the violent attack by the terrorists and prayed for the early recovery of the injured.

JI chief Sirajul Haq and secretary general Liaqat Baloch said attack on children was a big tragedy. They said the martyred students and staff were the children and families of 180 million Pakistanis. The JI chief also visited the houses of some students martyred in the attack and expressed deep sympathies with them. He also visited different hospitals and enquired after the health of the injured.

PAT chairman Dr Tahirul Qadri condemned the attack in strongest terms. He said that his prayers and hearts went for the families of the victims who faced a terrible ordeal. He demanded that the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif take full responsibility for his flawed policies regarding TTP and resign immediately.

PAT secretary general Khurram Nawaz Gandapur addressing a press conference said the nation understood the importance of Operation Zarb-e-Azb. He said that PAT will observe a countrywide condolence day on 17th of December in memory of all those martyred in the Peshawar school incident and three-day mourning will be observed after that.  

Majlis-e-Wahdatul Mulimeen chief Allama Nasir Abbas declared three-day mourn on the incident. He offered his condolence to the families of the martyrs and prayed for the early recovery of injured. He said that it was high time to expose who was behind the terrorist and who was supporting the killers. Condemning the incident in strong word, JUP also announced three-day mourn on the incident. JuD chief Hafiz Saeed condemned the incident and prayed for the families of the deceased.

HRCP saddened by Peshawar tragedy: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has termed the Peshawar attack a national tragedy which it said must open the eyes of anyone still harbouring any doubts that Taliban and Pakistan could coexist. In a statement issued on Tuesday, the commission said: “HRCP is deeply saddened by the large number of children killed in the attack on Army Public School in Peshawar. This is a national tragedy of immense proportions, and an extremely sad day for Pakistan.

Our heart goes out to the families of the children whose lives have been cut short by this abhorrent act of terrorism.

“The target was an army-run school, but it was a school nonetheless. It is not children who fight against the Taliban. And yet the choice of the target and the heavy casualties among the children leave no doubt that the massacre was aimed at killing as many children as possible,” the commission further added.

“Nothing, including religion, norms of armed conflict or even common decency, justifies such brutal targeting of children. But it is no secret that the killers and those who dispatched them to attack the school have respect neither for religious commandments nor notions of civilised or decent behaviour. The targeting of children made sense to them because they stand for blood-letting and not much else,” the commission added.