Education campaigner and Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai condemned the attack on school children in Pakistan as a “senseless and cold-blooded act of terror”.
“I am heartbroken by this senseless and cold-blooded act of terror in Peshawar. I condemn these atrocious and cowardly acts, and stand united with the government and armed forces of Pakistan,” Malala said in a tweet.
“Innocent children in their school have no place in horror such as this,” she added.
Around 130 children were killed in the attack on Army Public School in Peshawar Tuesday.
The Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan claimed responsibility and called it a revenge attack for the army operations in North Waziristan.
Malala is herself a survivor of a similar attack when she was shot in the head by the Taliban in her native Pakistan two years ago. She was attacked for taking up the cudgels for girls’ right to education.
The 17-year-old activist, who now lives in Britain, was awarded the Nobel peace prize this year for her global campaign on education.
Child rights activist and Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi condemned the terrorist attack on school children in Pakistan, terming the incident as “one of the darkest days in humanity”.
In a tweet,Satyarthi said: “My heart bleeds for bereaved families. One of the darkest days of humanity. My prayers and condolences are with the families.”
Referring to the children who died as his own, he lamented that children are the first casualties of violence and war.
He urged the Pakistani government to protect children and schools from such dastardly attacks and called upon the world to unite in its effort to end such violence.
Nearly 130 children and teachers were killed by Pakistani Taliban in a terror attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar Tuesday.