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Two Taliban suicide bombers attacked the two churches in  Lahore during the prayer service on Sunday. The two churches located around half a kilometre apart in the city’s Youhanabad neighbourhood, which is home to more than 100,000 Christians, officials said.

The death of 15 persons in suicide attacks on two Lahore churches on Sunday being mourned in various cities of the country today

The missionary schools have been closed in Lahore and protests being observed in other cities across Pakistan to condemn the attacks on the Christian minority’s worship places in Punjab’s provincial capital city.

The lawyers associations have announced to observe the black day today to protest against the terrorist incident.

A mob of young men in the eastern city of Pakistan, many armed with clubs, also protesting today against the attacks.

The dead bodies of the victims were transferred to Jinnah Hospital for postmortem. The announcement regarding last rites of the victims of the attacks will be announced after consultation with the Church of Pakistan, sources said. The relatives of the victims said that the Christian leadership will decide about the last rites of the victims.

The Christians in Quetta have announced to hold protest rallies and prayer services at churches today. The local administration has announced to provide security for the prayer services and protest rallies in the city.

Sunday’s attack is the worst in over a year against Pakistan’s Christians, who make up a tiny proportion of the mainly Muslim country.

The Pakistani Taliban’s Jamaat-ul-Ahrar faction had claimed the attacks, in a statement emailed to the media.

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The Pakistan Embassy in Riyadh has placed a book of condolences at its premises in the Diplomatic Quarter (DQ) to pay homage to the martyrs of the militants attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar, the provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

A number of diplomats from various missions in the DQ and members of the Pakistani community visited the embassy to offer their heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families and pay homage to the martyrs and victims, Arab news reported.

Abbas Sarwar Qureshi, head of chancery at the Pakistani Embassy told Arab News, “We have placed a book for condolence messages for the martyrs and victims of the Peshawar incident under the supervision of our charge d’affaires Khayyam Akbar.”

He said that the embassy would be open between 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. until Tuesday to receive visitors who wish to pay homage.

Recalling the tragedy, Chaudhry Aatif, general secretary of All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) KSA chapter said: “We join in sharing our sympathies with those who have been left bereft following the Peshawar massacre. We offer our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families and hope that the Allah Almighty gives them the strength to bear their loss.”

He added that the APML strongly condemns this brutal incident and supports all measures to end terrorism in Pakistan “once and for all.”

Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2014

Peshawar School Attack

Peshawar School Attack : Killing atleast 141 people, most of them children, were killed on Tuesday after Taliban gunmen broke into a school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar and opened fire, witnesses said, in the bloodiest massacre the country has seen for years. More than eight hours after militants entered the school compound, the military declared the operation to flush them out over, and said that all nine insurgents had been killed.

Taliban gunmen have stormed a military-run school in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar, killing at least 141 people, mostly children, before a military operation cleared the school.

The overwhelming majority of the victims were students at the school, which instructs grades 1-10.

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif condemned the assault and rushed to Peshawar to show his support for the victims.

As darkness fell on the area, officials said they had cleared the school of militants.

A Pakistani military spokesman, Asim Bajwa, said 141 people died in the attack – 132 children and nine staff members.

He declared the operation over and said the area had been cleared.

An additional 121 students and three staff members were wounded.

He said seven attackers, all wearing explosives vests, all died in the assault.

It was not immediately clear if the militants were all killed by the soldiers or whether they blew themselves up, he said.

 

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DG ISPR General Asim Bajwa Press Conference On Peshawar School Attack 16 December 2014

DG ISPR General Asim Bajwa Press Conference


Bajwa described an assault that seemed designed purely to terrorise the children rather than take anyone hostage to further the militant group’s aims.

“Their sole purpose, it seems, was to kill those innocent kids. That’s what they did,” he said.

The horrific attack, claimed by the Tehreek-e-Taliban, a Pakistani militant group trying to overthrow the government, sent dozens of wounded flooding into local hospitals as terrified parents searched for their children.

“My son was in uniform in the morning. He is in a casket now,” wailed one parent, Tahir Ali, as he came to the hospital to collect the body of his 14-year-old son Abdullah.

“My son was my dream. My dream has been killed.”

The attack began in the morning when the gunmen entered the school and started shooting at random. Army commandos quickly arrived at the scene and started exchanging fire with the gunmen.

Students wearing green school uniforms could be seen fleeing the area on Pakistani television.

Outside the school, two loud booms of unknown origin were heard coming from the scene in the early afternoon, as Pakistani troops battled with the attackers.

Armoured personnel carriers were deployed around the school grounds, and a Pakistani military helicopter circled overhead.

Pakistani television showed soldiers surrounding the area and pushing people back. Ambulances streamed from the area to local hospitals.

The prime minister vowed that the country would not be cowed by the violence and that the military would continue with an aggressive operation launched in June to rout militants from the North Waziristan tribal area.

“The fight will continue. No one should have any doubt about it,” Sharif said.

Bajwa said that 1099 students and staff were registered at the school. It is part of a network of schools run by the Pakistani military around the country.

The student body is made up of both children of military personnel as well as civilians.

A government official, Javed Khan, said most of the students appeared to be civilians rather than children of army staff. But analysts said the militants likely targeted the school because of its military connections.

“It’s a kind of a message that we can also kill your children,” said Pakistani analyst Zahid Hussain.

One of the wounded students, Abdullah Jamal, said that he was with a group of 8th, 9th and 10th graders who were getting first-aid instructions and training with a team of Pakistani army medics when the violence began for real.

When the shooting started, Jamal, who was shot in the leg, said nobody knew what was going on in the first few seconds. “Then I saw children falling down who were crying and screaming. I also fell down. I learned later that I have got a bullet,” he said, speaking from his hospital bed.

Another student, Amir Mateen, said they locked the door from the inside when they heard the shooting but gunmen blasted through the door anyway and opened fire.

In a phone call to reporters, Taliban spokesman Mohammed Khurasani claimed responsibility for the attack, saying the suicide bombers carried it out to avenge the killings of Taliban members at the hands of Pakistani authorities.

Peshawar has been the target of frequent militant attacks in the past but has seen a relative lull recently.

The Pakistani military launched the military operation in the nearby North Waziristan tribal area in June, vowing that it would go after all militant groups that had been operating in the region.

With the launch of the operation, security officials and civilians feared retribution by militants but until the overnight attack, a widespread backlash had failed to materialise.

The school attack calls into question whether the militants have been crippled by the military or will be able to regroup.

This appeared to be the worst attack in Pakistan since a 2007 suicide bombing in the port city of Karachi killed 150 people.

The violence also underscored the vulnerability of Pakistani schools, which was dramatically exposed in the attack two years ago on Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani girl shot in the head by a Taliban gunman outside her school in the Swat Valley for daring to speak up about girls’ rights.

She survived, becoming a Nobel Prize laureate and global advocate for girls’ education but out of security concerns has never returned to Pakistan.

Militants have also blown up schools in the northwest.

Indian Prime Minister Modi’s Statement

PM Modi condemned the attack and said in a statement, “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 and offer our deepest condolences.” (“Unspeakable Brutality”: PM Modi on Pakistan School Attack)

US President Obama Condemns : Press Release Statement

The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms today’s horrific attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar, Pakistan. Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims, their families, and loved ones. By targeting students and teachers in this heinous attack, terrorists have once again shown their depravity. We stand with the people of Pakistan, and reiterate the commitment of the United States to support the Government of Pakistan in its efforts to combat terrorism and extremism and to promote peace and stability in the region.

“I am heartbroken by this senseless and cold blooded act of terror in Peshawar that is unfolding before us,” said Malala in a statement.

 

 – AP

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Peshawar Attack : Pakistani Official Says Death Toll in Taliban Attack on Peshawar School Has Risen to 135

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Militants rampaged through an army-run school in the northwestern city of Peshawar and killed at least 130 people, most of them children, in one of the bloodiest ever attacks in Pakistan.

Speaking from his bed in the trauma ward of the city’s Lady Reading Hospital, Shahrukh Khan, 16, said he and his classmates were in a careers guidance session in the school auditorium when four gunmen wearing paramilitary uniforms burst in.

“Someone screamed at us to get down and hide below the desks,” he said, adding that the gunmen shouted “Allahu akbar” (God is greatest) before opening fire.

“Then one of them shouted: ‘There are so many children beneath the benches, go and get them’,” Khan told AFP.

“I saw a pair of big black boots coming towards me, this guy was probably hunting for students hiding beneath the benches.”

Khan said he felt searing pain as he was shot in both his legs just below the knee.

He decided to play dead, adding: “I folded my tie and pushed it into my mouth so that I wouldn’t scream.

“The man with big boots kept on looking for students and pumping bullets into their bodies. I lay as still as I could and closed my eyes, waiting to get shot again.

“My body was shivering. I saw death so close and I will never forget the black boots approaching me — I felt as though it was death that was approaching me.”

As his father, a shopkeeper, comforted him in his blood-soaked bed, Khan recalled: “The men left after some time and I stayed there for a few minutes. Then I tried to get up but fell to the ground because of my wounds.

“When I crawled to the next room, it was horrible. I saw the dead body of our office assistant on fire,” he said.

“She was sitting on the chair with blood dripping from her body as she burned.”

It was not immediately clear how the female employee’s body caught fire, though her remains were also later seen by an AFP reporter in a hospital mortuary.

Khan, who said he also saw the body of a soldier who worked at the school, crawled behind a door to hide and then lost consciousness.

“When I woke up I was lying on the hospital bed,” he added. -AFP

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My son was my dream,my dream has been shot dead Father of schoolboy May Allah bless souls of victims

PESHAWAR: Punjabi Taliban, an influential militant faction of the Pakistani Taliban on Friday said it would abandon insurgent activity inside the country and redirect its energies towards Afghanistan.

The announcement indicates further fragmentation in the umbrella Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), which suffered a setback Thursday when a new bloc declared its split from the group’s official leadership.

“We will confine our practical jihadist role to Afghanistan in view of deteriorating situation in the region and internal situation of Pakistani jihadist movement,” Punjabi Taliban chief Ismatullah Muawiya said in a pamphlet faxed to the media, without clarifying further.

Jamatul Ahrar welcomes new Al Qaeda branch

The faction is active in Punjab, Pakistan’s wealthiest and most populous province and the political power base of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party.

Muawiya said the faction will operate in Afghanistan under the guidance of Mullah Omar, the spiritual leader of Afghan Taliban, while its activities in Pakistan will be confined to preaching Islam.

“The announcement is a major setback for the TTP as it shows fragmentation is continuing and the organisation is fracturing,” defence and security analyst Talat Masood told AFP.

“The groups within TTP have not accepted Mullah Fazlullah, which has caused a serious split in the organisation.”

Mullah Fazlullah was elected head of the TTP last November following the killing of Hakimullah Mehsud in a US drone strike.

A new bloc, named the TTP Jamatul Ahrar (freedom fighters group), announced its split from the group Thursday and named Omar Khalid Khorasani as its commander.

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