ISLAMABAD: The massacre of Pakistani school children by Taliban sent a ripple of resentment throughout the world invoking an international outcry against the barbaric terrorist attack.
International community throughout the world including Heads of States, Leaders, Journalists and Actors extended their condolences and prayers to Peshawar victims in this moment of mourning.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi too strongly condemned the "cowardly terrorist attack".
"It is a senseless act of unspeakable brutality that has claimed lives of the most innocent of human beings - young children in their school. My heart goes out to everyone who lost their loved ones today. We share their pain & offer our deepest condolences," Modi tweeted.
Indian foreign office called the attack barbaric, a senseless act of "unspeakable brutality" and manifestation of "extreme evil".
President Pranab Mukherjee, Congress President Sonia Gandhi and other key leaders spoke in one voice to assert that there will be no justification for terrorism.
Child rights activist Kailash Satyarthi, who received the Nobel Peace Prize just a week back along with Pakistan's Malala Yousafzai, termed the massacre by Taliban militants in Peshawar as "one of the darkest days of humanity". He offered himself to the terrorists if they were ready to free the children taken hostage. Malala was shot at by Taliban for defying their diktat of banning girls from attending schools in 2010.
The External Affairs Ministry said no words will capture the feeling of deep revulsion and horror we feel about this attack against innocent children.
"It was not just innocent children who have been massacred today, but the very conception of humanity.
"We hope the almighty gives them the courage and fortitude to bear their irreparable loss. There never has been, nor will there ever be, a justification for terrorism. Our hearts go out to the grief-stricken families of the innocent children killed and injured in this barbaric attack in Peshawar," the Official Spokesperson in the External Affairs Ministry Syed Akbaruddin said.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said this dastardly and inhuman attack exposes the real face of terrorism. In a series of tweets, Omar Abdullah said, "What terrible, heart breaking images of the attack in #Peshawar. Inhuman and barbaric don't even begin to describe the perpetrators."
"Schools are supposed to be places of sanctuary & today these Godless animals have converted one in to a killing field."
"This barbaric act has caused universal outrage and painfully underscores the threat posed by organized terrorist groups to humankind," Congress President Sonia Gandhi said.
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