“I am heartbroken by this senseless and cold-blooded act of terror in Peshawar that is unfolding before us,” Malala said in a statement from England, where she is continuing her schooling. “Innocent children in their school have no place in horror such as this. I condemn these atrocious and cowardly acts and stand united with the government and armed forces of Pakistan whose efforts so far to address this horrific event are commendable."
Catholic schools in the troubled province too had to face an onslaught from Taliban insurgents while hundreds of Christians, Hindus and Sikhs had fled the region from 2009 after non-Muslims were forced to pay jizya, or religious tax, and those who refused were shot dead.
“Nothing, including religion, norms of armed conflict or even common decency, justifies such brutal targeting of children,” fumed the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan in its reaction to the carnage. "The killers and those who dispatched them to attack the school have respect neither for religious commandments nor notions of civilized or decent behavior. HRCP reiterates its firm belief that Taliban and Pakistan cannot coexist and anyone still harboring any notions to the contrary is naive beyond belief.”
The remark comes in the wake of Asim Bajwa, Pakistan Army spokesperson conceding that “it is highly possible that someone from inside might have tipped them off” to facilitate the school massacre.