Taliban Attack On Peshawar School Widely Condemned In Kashmir

16 December 2014
Kashmir Reader

Srinagar: Pro-freedom as well as pro-India parties in Kashmir Tuesday condemned the deadly attack by Tehreeke-eTaliban Pakiatan (TTP) on a school in Pakistan's Peshawar, that left 140 people, mostly school children, dead. Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq expressed profound grief and sorrow over the death of students in the terrorist attack. In a statement, Mirwaiz sternly condemned the cowardly attack and said those elements who committed it are 'inhuman' and 'barbarians'. Offering his heartfelt condolences and sympathy to the parents and relatives of the deceased, Mirwaiz termed such terror acts as clear violation of the basic principles of Islam and humanity. He said such terrorist acts have no place in Islam. 'Killing of innocent people is condemnable and deplorable irrespective of wherever they occur,' he added. Mirwaiz said, 'Barbarians and murderers like those who targeted innocent school going children can never be well wishers of Islam and Pakistan.' Mirwaiz said a special prayer in absentia (Gaibana Namz- e-Jinazah) will be offered at Jama Masjid here tomorrow after Zuhr (afternoon) prayers for the innocent children killed in todays cowardly attack. Condemning the attack, the JKLF Chairman Yasin Malik said 'no follower of Islam can commit such a brutal massacre'. Chairperson of Dukhtaran-e-Millat Syedah Aasiyeh Andrabi termed TTP as 'a worst terrorist organisation' and blamed India for the attack. 'These savages have carried out the Peshawar attack on the behest of Indian agencies. Since it was the day of the fall of Dhaka, Indian agencies have chosen the date carefully so that Pakistan can be stabbed in the back again by paid agents. The killings have shocked our existence,' she said in a press statement. She said the TTP commander 'is living under the security of Indian agencies in Afghanistan'. 'This organisation is exploiting the sentiments of jihad in youth and deceiving them under catchy names. After Uri attack, the Indian army chief and defence minister said they would retaliate in coming days,' she added. She said 'TTP and their masters' shall understand that 'today's Pakistan is not the Pakistan of 1971'. Jamat-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir described those involved in the attack as 'beasts'. 'Those who have killed innocents in Pakistan are beasts. They cannot be part of the Muslim Ummah. All these actions are being perpetrated to defame Islam and Muslims,' spokesman of the religio-political organisation, Advocate Zahid Ali, said in a press statement issued here. The organisation expressed solidarity with the bereaved families. Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said the attack was 'inhuman' and 'barbaric' and words were not enough to describe the perpetrators. 'What terrible, heart breaking images of the attack in *Peshawar. Inhuman and barbaric don't even begin to describe the perpetrators,' Omar tweeted. Lashing out at the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan which has claimed responsibility for the attack, Omar said they have converted the school into a killing field. 'Schools are supposed to be places of sanctuary & today these Godless animals have converted one in to a killing field,' he wrote on Twitter.com. The Chief Minister also criticised people who were of the opinion that Pakistan was getting what it deserved. 'And to my fellow countrymen who say Pakistan got what it deserves - SHAME ON YOU. They are children likes yours and mine,' he added. Meanwhile, Omar's National Conference strongly condemned the attack on the army school in Peshawar. Party general secretary Ali Mohammad Sagar expressed deep shock over this barbaric incident. 'We strongly condemn this inhuman act of utter barbarism. The PDP President Mehbooba Mufti, in her press statement, said the 'atrocity of this proportion' should outrage every human being. 'It is worst form of barbarism and crime against humanity. My heart and thoughts go out to the parents and families of children who have lost their lives in the attack,' she said. 'This is the worst crime that could have been perpetrated against humanity. Such attacks are sources of shame,' she added.