SYDNEY: Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Wednesday offered sympathy to Pakistan after a deadly Taliban raid on a school, as Australia deals with the fallout from a cafe siege by a deranged Islamic gunman.

Abbott said the carnage at the school in the northwestern city of Peshawar, in which at least 141 people died, mostly children, was hard to comprehend.

“Well it is simply impossible to put into words, the mixture of grief and fury that must be felt by people in Pakistan, and indeed around the world, at this latest terrorist atrocity,” he told ABC radio.

“And I hope, I hope in my deepest heart that somewhere in the hearts of people who might otherwise be attracted to this, there is a realisation that it is never, ever right to kill innocent people.

“And that’s what we’ve seen on a mass scale in Pakistan overnight.”

Abbott’s comments come with Australia picking up the pieces after a near 17-hour siege in a central Sydney cafe in which an Iranian-born man, who unfurled an Islamic flag, took 17 hostages.

The gunman, who had a history of extremism, and two hostages died as police stormed the eatery early Tuesday, sparking an outpouring of grief for the innocent victims, from both ordinary Australians and the Muslim community- AFP

More news you might be interested in

Pakistan expresses serious concern over violence i... Pakistan has expressed its deep concern over the killing of more than 6 people and injury to scores of others in Indian Occupied Kashmir as a result o...
Lashkar-e-Jhangvi claims Pakistan billiards-hall b... QUETTA, Pakistan A series of bombings killed 115 people across Pakistan on Thursday, including 81 who died in twin blasts on a bustling billiards hall...
Batsman Philip Hughes dies after strike to head SYDNEY (AP) — Test batsman Phillip Hughes died in a Sydney hospital on Thursday, two days after being struck in the head by a cricket ball during a do...
Gwadar Island – How Did the Earthquake Creat... On Tuesday, a 7.7-magnitude earthquake struck a remote part of western Pakistan, killing more than 260 people and displacing hundreds of thousands. It...
$10 million for ‘Malala fund’ Presiden... PARIS: President Asif Ali Zardari Monday announced a $10 million donation for a global war chest to educate all girls by 2015 set up in the name of Ma...

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here