PESHAWAR - A day after tragic incident in Peshawar, thousands of people belonging to different walks of life attended the funerals of martyred students and teachers in different areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The victims were buried amid anger and tears.

Leaders of political parties, representatives of religious and social welfare organisations and common citizens, who were overwhelmed by the tragic happening, attended the funeral prayers.

In the Chief Minister (CM) House Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), funeral in absentia was offered under the Imamat (leadership) of Qari Muhammad Islam. The prayer was attended by PTI leaders, including Chairman Imran Khan, Voice President Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Jahangeer Tareen, Azam Swati, Members of National and Provincial Assembly KP.

Prayer in absentia of the martyrs was also offered in the Peshawar Corps Headquarters. Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif, ISI DG Lt-Gen Rizwan Akhtar, Governor Sardar Mehtab Ahmad Khan, CM  KP Pervaiz Khattak and other civil and military personnel attended the prayer.

Under the supervision of Jamatud Dawa, funeral in absentia was also offered for the deceased in Powara Chowk, Peshawar. People from different walks of life attended the prayer. On this occasion, Chairman of Falah-e-Insaniyyat Foundation expressed that Pakistani nation would not succumb to the brutalities of terrorists.

Funeral of the two brothers, who embraced martyrdom in the inhuman attack of militants, was offered in Maina area of Malakand Agency as they were laid to rest in their ancestral graveyard. The elder brother Zeshan was the student of class 10th while the second Awais was studying in class 9th. Neighbours, relatives, students, teachers, members of political parties, journalists, social welfare organisations and trade unions attended the funeral. On the call of Trade Association Dargai, shutter down was observed in Dargai Bazaar to express solidarity with the bereaved and observe mourning.

Funerals of martyrs were also offered in various areas of the province, including Mardan, Swabi, Dargai, Charsadda, Swat, Karak, Kohat, Hangu and Nowshera. People of these areas expressed heartfelt grief over the tragic incident and promised that they would not bow down before the militants and their savage agenda.

Hasan Shah, Zarin Iqbal, students of class 10th, and Mubeen Afribi, student of class 12th, were also laid to rest in Gulbahar while funerals of Abdullah (17) and Husain (14), were  at the Akhoon Baba graveyard amid moving scenes.

The whole province was plunged into deep mourning on Wednesday.

To condemn the gruesome act of terrorism, a complete shutter down was observed across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Schools and colleges, both public and private remained closed. Besides this, the public transport remained off the roads so that to show solidarity with families of victims.

National flags on government buildings lowered to half-mast for the three days of mourning announced by the federal and KP governments.

Likewise, candlelight vigils, protests and mourning meetings also took place across the province. Besides, security was beefed up across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and entry points to the city are under strict surveillance.

The aggrieved families of the victims of the terrorists attack are visited by a large number of people, expressing their condolences, sympathies and offering Fateh for the departed souls.

The traders expressed sympathy and sorrow over the killing of innocent children in terrorists attack and prayed to give courage and patient to bereaved families to bear this irreparable loss. "We pray for the early recovery of injured children," said one Sharafat Ali Mubarak while Talking to The Nation. He said the other day whatever happened in a school was a cowardly and inhuman act, which is strongly commendable. He said that business community fully shares the grief with the victim families, which lost their loved ones in the terrorists attack. "The people, who carried out the attack, are not Muslims as they are enemies of Islam and the Pakistan," said Haji Jalil Jan, President of Anjuman-i-Tajiran. He said: "We need to learn lesson from this attack and should unite all to thwart all internal and external conspiracies and saboteurs act against this country," he urged.

Many political parties staged protest rallies in Peshawar.

The infuriated protesters gathered at main Saddar road and raised slogans against the provincial government for failing to protect the lives and properties of citizens.