Armed gunmen walked from class to class at an army school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar massacring 132 children and nine staff on Tuesday 16 December. More than 100 students and staff have been injured.
The Pakistani Taliban reportedly have claimed the responsibility for the brutal assault. All seven attackers were killed during the eight-hour siege at the school.
Mass funerals and Janaza prayers for the victims have been offered throughout Pakistan organized by Jamaat Islami after the massacre. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif declared three days of mourning over the massacre, which has sparked national outrage.
The massacre was widely condemned in Pakistan for its brutality. World leaders have also voiced disgust at the attack, which even the Afghan Taliban have criticised.
Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chief Imran Khan, whose party rules Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, termed the attack as an act of “barbarism”. In the wake of the attack, Imran Khan postponed his plan to shut down the entire country that was planned for 18 December.
Following the massacre, the Pakistan’s army has resumed air strikes at militants in the Khyber and North Waziristan areas. An offensive against the militants has been going on since June.
Many schools in Pakistan closed as a mark of respect, with those remaining open holding special prayers.
The victims are also being mourned globally with widespread condemnation of the act and its perpetrators and organisers.
India’s parliament observed a minute’s silence in honour of the victims with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi offering his country’s “deepest condolences”.