Islamabad - Condolence references were held on Wednesday at the Higher Education Commission (HEC) and various public and private universities for victims of the deadliest terrorist attack on Army Public School in Peshawar. Prayers were offered for the departed souls in all universities of the federal capital.

Speaking on the occasion, Chairman HEC Dr Mukhtar Ahmed strongly condemned the cruel act of killing innocent people, mostly children. “We at HEC extend deepest sympathies to parents and families of the victims. This vicious and inhumane act has been condemned by all in Pakistan and around the world,” he added.

Meanwhile, a mourning walk was held in National University of Science and Technology (NUST) to express solidarity with victims of Peshawar massacre. A large number of students, staff and faculty members attended the walk. The students were carrying banners and chanting slogans against terrorists.

Thousands of students of International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) also offered funeral prayer in absentia of the martyrs. Islami Jamiat Talba Punjab representatives demanded of the government and military high-ups to bring the culprits to justice.

Meanwhile, the funeral prayer ceremony for the martyrs was held at Faisal Mosque campus by Islamic Research Institute and Dawah Academy of IIUI separately in which a large number of employees participated.

The departed souls of innocent students and teachers of Army Public school and College on Warsak Road, Peshawar, may not return to see their dear and near ones they left behind in tears and mourning but the entire nation is standing by the bereaved families in this moment of grief to share their agony, expressed students, faculty and staff members of National University of Modern Languages (NUML) at a gathering. Students also held a peace walk and candlelight vigil in the memory of the victims which was attended by university officials. Silence for two minutes was observed to remember the martyrs of Peshawar massacre.

Momina Mujahid, a student of governance and public policy, said this candlelight vigil aims to show the world that the entire Pakistani nation is standing by the bereaved families. “We are firm on our resolve and nothing can deter us. This tragic incident is just stabbing into our hearts but nothing will deter us to fight and condemn these terrorists,” she resolved.

In the general assembly held on Wednesday in the I-14 campus of Riphah International University, the vice chancellor addressing the faculty members and students deplored strongly the brutal killing of the innocent students in Peshawar.

The students of Federal Urdu University Islamabad also brought out a rally to condemn the massacre of innocent students in Peshawar.

A large number of students carrying placards and banners inscribed with anti-terrorism slogans started the rally from the university and marched up to Zero Point Interchange on Islamabad Highway.

Addressing the rally, the student leaders said they equally shared the grief with the families, who had lost their children in the massacre.

They urged the government to take stern action against the perpetrators of the brutal act.