PESHAWAR - After the barbaric attack on the innocent students of Army Public School and College Peshawar, security was put on red-alert in Cantonment and its surrounding areas to avoid any untoward incident.

People from every walk of life widely condemned the tragic incident in which at least 132 people mostly students and their teachers were martyred while over 100 others injured.

Soon after the incident, security personnel and police rushed to the spot and cordoned off the surrounding areas and took positions at main buildings around the school building. Besides, vehicular traffic on the main road leading to Warsak Road was blocked by placing barricades.    

Owing to the road closure in Cantt area, long queues of public and private transports were observed for hours, causing heavy traffic jam in the city. Personnel of paramilitary force took charge of the security of government installations, schools, important government and private buildings and other sensitive places to avoid any untoward incident. Similarly, flight operation and even entry to Peshawar Airport was suspended for a while, but resumed later on.

The news of the tragic incident spread like jungle fire across the country, while the unfortunate parents left their homes and offices in search of their beloved ones.

Meanwhile, the business community by expressing their heartfelt sorrow over the tragedy halted their business activities in all main bazaars especially Saddar bazaar and University Road, while roads were giving a deserted look.

Both, the PML-N-led federal and PTI-led Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government strongly condemned the inhuman attack and announced 3-day mourning across the country.

Both Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif cancelled his engagements and reached Peshawar where KP Chief Minister Pervez Khattak received him at the airport.

Besides, Chief of Army Staff Gen Raheel Sharif shortened his visit to Quetta and reached Peshawar. PTI chairman Imran Khan also rushed to Peshawar and went to Lady Reading Hospital to inquire after the health of the injured students, teachers and other staff members.