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A teacher (L) walks with a pair of crutches following her rescue after a group of militants stormed the Bacha Khan University in Charsadda - Reuters
A teacher (L) walks with a pair of crutches following her rescue after a group of militants stormed the Bacha Khan University in Charsadda - Reuters
This photograph taken from a mobile phone shows security personnel taking position outside the Bacha Khan university - AFP
This photograph taken from a mobile phone shows security personnel taking position outside the Bacha Khan university - AFP

PESHAWAR: Unidentified gunmen entered Bacha Khan University in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Charsadda town Wednesday and opened fire on students and faculty members as they gathered at the school for a poetry recital to commemorate the death anniversary of the activist and leader whom the school is named after.

The mastermind of the APS Peshawar attack, Umar Mansoor, of the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Geedar group has claimed the attack through a post on his Facebook page, adding that four attackers were sent to the university.

However, a spokesperson from the TTP, Mohammad Khorasani, issued a conflicting statement shortly after Mansoor's claim, in which Khorasani condemned the attack, terming it "against Shariah".

Khorasani also warned that those "using the naming of TTP will be brought to justice".

As the military announced the end of the clearance operation, mass casualties were feared in the attack reminiscent of the deadly December 2014 terrorist attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar which left over 140 dead — most of them students.

Sources added that the four attackers were wearing suicide vests but were killed by security forces' before they could detonate their explosives.

Key updates:

  • Police confirm 21 dead

  • Military says 4 attackers killed, gunfire over

  • Armed assailants scaled university walls and opened fire

  • Multiple blasts were heard along with continuous heavy gunfire

  • 3,000 students enrolled at university


University premises secured

Military spokesperson Lt.Gen Asim Bajwa stated that the university premises has been cleared and four attackers have been killed. Security personnel, including Special Services Group (SSG) personnel were tasked with clearing the university premises and and securing the civilians inside.

The terrorists gave stiff resistance to security forces as they engaged in an operation to clear the school over several hours. Intelligence sources said eight to 10 terrorists were inside the university, adding that they were between 18 and 25 years old, were wearing civilian clothes and had their faces covered.

Snipers had taken position around the premises, with monitoring being provided by aerial assets.

Security forces also cordoned off a one-storey house, situated around a kilometre from the university's boundary wall, where three terrorists were believed to be holed up. It was later declared clear by military personnel.

A security official is pictured at the site of the attack holding an RPG — DawnNews A security official is pictured at the site of the attack holding an RPG — DawnNews

The families of students lined up outside the school. Most of the boys belonged to Dir, Hangu and other parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

Journalists and all other non-essential personnel were asked to stay back in order to not interfere with the ongoing security operation. Up to 20 ambulances entered the university to rescue the injured.

Provincial Minister Shah Farman told journalists 54 security guards were stationed at the university. He said around 200 people were present in the examination hall, all of whom were rescued and "timely action by police and army has prevented large scale damage".

21 killed

“The death toll in the terrorist attack has risen to 21,” regional police chief Saeed Wazir told AFP without specifying if the toll included the four militants the army stated it had killed.

Most of the student victims were shot dead at a hostel for boys on the campus.

The medical superintendent at District Headquarter Hospital, Charsadda confirmed 18 dead. DHQ Charsadda's officials also stated that casualties had cuts on the bodies, probably inflicted from a sharp-edged weapon.

An Edhi volunteer earlier said he had seen the bodies of at least 15 persons.

One Rescue 1122 official said, "The boys section [of the hostel] has been affected. Victims have mostly been hit by bullets."

A man consoles a relative of a victim from the university attack — DawnNews A man consoles a relative of a victim from the university attack — DawnNews

"Around 90 per cent of the area has been cleared. Over 70 per cent students have been rescued."

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) provincial spokesperson Shaukaut Yousafzai said between 50 to 60 people were wounded. He added there was no prior threat about an attack.

Special assistant to chief minister, Mushtaq Ghani said the critically injured victims shifted to the Lady Reading Hospital Peshawar and that security in the province has been on high alert for 10 days.

At least three to four security guards were injured, an eye-witness who managed to come out of the premises said. The Associated Press quoted police as saying gunmen killed an assistant professor and a student in the attack.

Dr Syed Hamid Hussain, an assistant professor who was killed in the attack — DawnNews Dr Syed Hamid Hussain, an assistant professor who was killed in the attack — DawnNews

DIG Saeed Wazir confirmed that two students and assistant professor Dr Hamid, who taught organic chemistry at the school, have been killed in the attack.

“All students have been evacuated from the hostels, but militants are still hiding in different parts of the university and some students and staff are stuck inside,” Wazir said.

Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif reached Charsadda to boost the morale of the security personnel who took part in the operation. He was accompanied by Corps Commander Peshawar.

Television footage showed soldiers entering the campus as ambulances lined up outside the main gate and anxious parents consoled each other.

Security personnel pictured outside the university — Reuters Security personnel pictured outside the university — Reuters

Eyewitness: 'The attackers were just like us'

A student speaking to DawnNews said the attackers who has penetrated the building appeared to be young.

"The attackers were like us ─ they were very young. They carried AK-47 guns. They wore jackets like the forces do... We were in the hostel sleeping as we don't have classes.

"There are no classes at the university currently, there may be around 200-300 students in the hostel."

A view of the Bacha Khan University — courtesy university Facebook page A view of the Bacha Khan University — courtesy university Facebook page

"There was firing between attackers and security forces. After everything was over, the army men knocked on our room and told us we were safe."

Eyewitness: 'I saw a militant firing'

Geology student Zahoor Ahmed said he had tried to leave his hostel after hearing shots fired.

“(We) were stopped by our chemistry lecturer who advised us to go inside.

He was holding a pistol in his hand,” he said.

“Then I saw a bullet hit him. I saw two militants were firing. I ran inside and then managed to flee by jumping over the back wall, “

Eyewitness: 'Attackers took positions'

According to one eyewitness who escaped the university, the attackers had taken position at the entry points of the school. "I saw three attackers engaged in an exchange of fire with security guards of the university. One was positioned at the roof, another near the corner and the third near the wall."

"We rescued the university's guards and then I saw the attackers engage the arriving police party."

Attackers are believed to be on the second and third floors of the campus buildings.

Shabir Khan, a lecturer in the English department, said he was about to leave the hostel for the department when firing began.

“Most of the students and staff were in classes when the firing began,” Khan said. “I have no idea about what's going on but I heard one security official talking on the phone to someone and said many people had been killed and injured.”

Eyewitness: 'My friend was killed'

A student speaking to DawnNews said two security personnel were killed. "A hostel friend of mine was killed, two security personnel were killed as well."

"The gunmen attacked the registrar office. Our professor was killed, his name is Hamid. Some students have also been killed. A friend of mine was so scared he jumped from the university building."

Eyewitness: 'We had no firearms to protect ourselves'

A computer science student who was rescued from the university said the poetry recital event to commemorate Bacha Khan's death anniversary was to begin at 10:30am.

"The university [security] on common days is enough to perplex students. They have five security checks. But the security is only for students and not VIPs," he said.

"In the beginning, there was just firing. There were attackers in the stairwell. We had no arms to counter them."

"In the Pushto Department and Computer Science blocks I saw at least three attackers."

Emergency imposed at hospitals

Rescue officials say some 50 students were rescued from the premises.

Out of these 50, five students were injured and have been shifted to District Headquarters Hospital (DHQ), Charsadda for treatment. An emergency has been imposed in all hospitals of the area.

A view of military personnel at the Bacha Khan University. — DawnNews A view of military personnel at the Bacha Khan University. — DawnNews

'University not adequately secured'

An eyewitness rescued from the university said the university was not adequately secured, especially at the backside of the building, which had low boundary walls.

Another eyewitness said that attackers threw a grenade, injuring a guard and then entered the school.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's Member of Provincial Assembly Arshad Ali told Dawnnews that the attackers entered the university after scaling its walls.

MPA Fazal Shakoor, who was elected from Charsadda, says army contingents have also arrived at the scene and that firing is continuing.

Former provincial health minister Shaukat Yousafzai speaking at the site said, "This is a frontline province. We are fighting Pakistan's war in this province."

"This is international terrorism. This province is a target of terrorism. We are making full efforts to combat terrorism and it has dropped. The backs of terrorists have been broken and they are breathing their last. This stunt is an attempt to breathe life into their cause."

Soldiers gather outside Bacha Khan University where an attack by militants took place, in Charsadda. -Reuters Soldiers gather outside Bacha Khan University where an attack by militants took place, in Charsadda. -Reuters

Eyewitnesses report having heard three blasts inside the university.

The state-run PTV quotes DSP Charsadda as saying that three armed men entered the university premises and opened fire. Television reports added that a large contingent of security forces had reached the site.

A helicopter of the Pakistan Army is monitoring the situation from the air. — DawnNews A helicopter of the Pakistan Army is monitoring the situation from the air. — DawnNews

Speaking to DawnNews via telephone, a woman inside the university says intense firing is underway. The woman asked for help, saying assistance be sent to the premises.

The attack on the university comes on the death anniversary of Bacha Khan and it began as a mushaira (poetry recitation) was underway at the premises. Around 3,000 students are enrolled at the university.

Vice Chancellor Fazal Rahim told reporters that the university teaches over 3,000 students and was hosting an additional 600 visitors on Wednesday for the recital.

“There are male and female staff members and students on the campus,” Fazal said, adding he had been on his way to work when he was informed of the attack.

Shabir Khan, a lecturer in the English department, said he was about to leave his university housing for the department when firing began.

“Most of the students and staff were in classes when the firing began,” Khan said. “I have no idea about what's going on but I heard one security official talking on the phone to someone and said many people had been killed and injured.”

A wounded person is being rescued from the Bacha Khan University.— Dawnnews A wounded person is being rescued from the Bacha Khan University.— Dawnnews

Security forces had earlier conducted search operations in adjoining areas and claimed that four wanted men had been arrested. Weapons and army and police uniforms were also recovered from the arrested men.

Read: Peshawar schools closed after terrorist attack rumours

A map of the attack site A map of the attack site

Charsadda is a district in Pakistan’s northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and has been a scene of several militant attacks during the past decade. The region is mostly rural in its makeup and lies 40 kilometres from Peshawar.

2011-15: Attacks on educational institutions in Pakistan

Condemnations pour in

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in a statement issued from Zurich said he is "deeply grieved" over the attack at the university.

"Those killing innocent students and citizens have no faith and religion," the statement said. "We are determined and resolved in our commitment to wipe out the menace of terrorism from our homeland."

The premier has also announced a national day of mourning tomorrow (Jan 21), and the national flag would be lowered to half-mast.

The prime minister is in Switzerland to attend the World Economic Forum.

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan said, "I will visit Charsadda and the attack site to review the situation. I will review if we are at fault or not."

"We are all on the same page, the whole nation stood united after the APS attack."

The PTI chairman added that they have also asked KP Chief Minister Pervez Khattak to return as soon as possible from England.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemned the attack and offered his condolences to the families of the deceased.

Attack was feared

Rumours of possible terrorist attacks on schools had been circulating in Peshawar and surrounding rural areas over the last week, forcing some schools to close educational institutions early.

District administration had directed some schools to close their campuses for one day (last Saturday) insisting there were reports of possible terrorist attacks on them.

Video updates

Pakistan Army soldiers reach the university where the attack is underway and a number of staff and students are believed to be held hostage



A telephone operator with the university who was rescued by security forces speaks to the media.



An eye-witness told DawnNews the firing began around 9:15 am and attackers managed to enter the premises of the university from the back walls.



A rescue official told DawnNews ambulances under police and army supervision were engaged in rescuing people inside the varsity.



PTI provincial spokesperson Shaukaut Yousafzai said 'terrorists are breathing their last and wanted to pull something in their last days'



Asfandyar Wali, who is a grandson of Bacha Khan, said it was condemndable that despite the National Action Plan (NAP), little came about in terms of curbing terrorism.


Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif arrives at the Bacha Khan University


─ Additional reporting by Mateen Haider.

DAWN_VIDEO - /1029551/DAWN-RM-1x1


Comments (382) Closed



Nirbhay Jan 20, 2016 09:48am

Not again.

>:) Jan 20, 2016 09:51am

NO! Not again! :( Haven't we suffered already?!

Ahmed USA Jan 20, 2016 09:59am

Shameless and cowardly act... Targeting innocent civilians and scholars...

Umair Mehmood Jan 20, 2016 10:02am

Please, Not again :(

S* Jan 20, 2016 10:06am

Really sad and devastating news !! ..

Imran Jan 20, 2016 10:10am

Noo :( our country was already bleeding and another attack. Really sad news

Zaighum Abbas Ranjha Jan 20, 2016 10:11am

Shooting at the innocents students in university, has the humanity lost it's mind? We need to unite together and fight these coward thugs

GabruNYC Jan 20, 2016 10:11am

Sad ! Innocent people are victim of state and establishment's wrong policies.

gaurav Jan 20, 2016 10:15am

thats why its important not to discriminate between good and bad terrorism. its very sad to see people killing people anywhere in world .

Shan Jan 20, 2016 10:15am

Oh man! Who is funding the bullets?? They cost money...

Khanra Jan 20, 2016 10:17am

They keep attacking schools and universities because they want us to be ignorant and accept whatever they command.

saba_aa Jan 20, 2016 10:18am

No, No... we cannot bear it more!

Dil Dil Pakistan Jan 20, 2016 10:19am

again security failure nonsense ............................?????????

Bhavin Jan 20, 2016 10:22am

Hope all safe. Not a right time to say this but can't stop my self requesting all PAK people pls pressurise your government & Army to get rid of all poisonous snakes roaming around like LET, taliban etc as it has spoiled your young generation.

haider the rebel Jan 20, 2016 10:25am

False claims of IK about police reforms in KP exposed.

rehan Jan 20, 2016 10:27am

@Shan they get money from trading drugs. USA tried to burn the opium fields but no success. Opium from Afghanistan is traded in Europe through using traditional trades routes passing Pakistan, India, Nepal and Russia as well. Destroy the source of there income and all terror financing will stop.

RA Jan 20, 2016 10:29am

GooD terrorism BaD terrorism

Skeptic Jan 20, 2016 10:31am

Whoever blurted out that premature statement that "we've eliminated terrorism in Pakistan" should be expelled!

Obviously anything like this can happen, anywhere in Pakistan, any day. No level of security can eliminate this curse.

Sunil Jan 20, 2016 10:32am

PM Nawaz Sharif must cancel his trip to Switzerland, in the wave of attacks in Pakistan.

Aafaaq Ali Khan Jan 20, 2016 10:33am

narrow minded person @haider the rebel

ruby Jan 20, 2016 10:33am

devastatingly sad!

Ali Jan 20, 2016 10:35am

@Shan apparently they cost less then the value of human life in Pak

Ali Jan 20, 2016 10:36am

@haider the rebel how can you relate this to police reforms. Not even the best police in world can stop such attacks

>:O Jan 20, 2016 10:38am

Would you guys stop politicizing the attacks?!

nick Jan 20, 2016 10:40am

Look terrorist are regrouping. for past 15 days I guess this is 4th incident.

Sandeep Jan 20, 2016 10:42am

Not again!! Why education institutes???

Khyber Watch Jan 20, 2016 10:45am

Update: Students have been evacuated and university has been cordened off. so far 5 persons confirmed injured of which 2 are security guards.

Azam A Siddiqui Jan 20, 2016 10:47am

Out of possible solutions,it will be better if some students take courses in civil defense.There are always provision for optional subjects.This will make the students self-reliant and will give them sense of security

Realistic Jan 20, 2016 10:47am

Pak Army the symbol of Hope !

Nomi Jan 20, 2016 10:50am

Hell No .....

Anas Jan 20, 2016 10:52am

Oh no! Time for South Asian joint strike force.

Raja Owais Jan 20, 2016 10:52am

Since the second round of peace talks on Afghanistan and the one started with India, we are seeing attacks on daily basis by TTP and one by ISIS sponsored by India and some other foreign country. Question is why we are not exposing in public who is behind these attacks? India just have one Pathankot attack and they are all over news. They will pressurize us for next five year on this attack while at the same time continue with the business of killing innocent people with help from Afghanistan. I ask PML N why they are not speaking about terrorist attacks against Pakistanis. Why they are working for Afghan peace when we know that they are in synch with other agencies in destroying Pakistan. Where is Zarb-Azb etc.

Salman Jan 20, 2016 10:53am

This is unbelievable. These cowards are not capable of fighting with our armed forces hence attack innocent students. Pakistan must track their source of funding which seems to be coming from some of our neighbours

Rajeev Jan 20, 2016 10:54am

What is happening? These crazy murderers of innocent people must be eliminated. In our our Region these incidents are becoming routine.

Hassan Jan 20, 2016 10:59am

are we serious to tackling this menace? what govt has done in stopping a maulana who was reluctant to condemn army school attackers? we know this is a serious issue and politicians and army and general public need to be on one page and zero tolerance for extremists. what happened to military courts? last one year what has happened and who got justice? we don't need stories. Give us numbers, how many have been punished! 342 were executed out of 6000 at least on death row. If we go on that speed it will take 20 years. are we serious?

Amit Dixit Jan 20, 2016 10:59am

Damn! .... Wakeup! ..... Be Ruthless .... No Discrimination in selecting the Terrorists Groups....

Dharamveer Sharma Jan 20, 2016 11:01am

Sad to hear about the news. May god give strength to the families of the victims. Pakistan should have a deep introspect of where they went wrong in establishing a great nation with great vision. Prayers from India.

Sunil Jan 20, 2016 11:02am

Really sorry about what is happening. Please realise that terrorists are simply, terrorists. There are no good terrorists and there are no bad terrorists.

d.rajendran Jan 20, 2016 11:05am

Very sad .All this barberians to be neutralised immediately.

VM Jan 20, 2016 11:06am

May god save the students. Terrorists are terrorists, no good or bad.

Vijay Jan 20, 2016 11:06am

They are taking concrete steps to take you back to the 7th century.

Leo Jan 20, 2016 11:06am

I pray for the safety of the university students and staff..prayers from India .

Waqr Jan 20, 2016 11:06am

Please stop blaming and pray for everyone there.

Muneer Kabul Jan 20, 2016 11:12am

Prayers from Kabul, Afghanistan. I really hope this madness ends very soon.

Shahid Choudri Jan 20, 2016 11:14am

Right after the statement from US president. Someone is implementing his words.

Imad Jan 20, 2016 11:14am

God help the victims...

ONLY Jan 20, 2016 11:18am

Please take action on ALL terrorists..including the ones who planned Pathankot attack.

AA Jan 20, 2016 11:20am

God Bless Pakistan only we can pray and hope

Vijay Jan 20, 2016 11:22am

Hope the news of students being shot in the head is not true. I feel terribly upset despite being angry at Pakistan.

Pravin Shastri Jan 20, 2016 11:25am

Wake up Pakistan. Get rid of all terrorists without mercy. Don't try to distinguish between 'GOOD' and 'BAD' terrorists. Today's good terrorists will be come tomorrows bad terrorists. Important lesson from history is that no terrorism was able to solve any problem and was ultimately defeated. My heart felt sympathies for all the victims and their families.

shiv Jan 20, 2016 11:26am

it's time for all Pakistani to unite and fight against the killer and their organization, it's known few people are supporting such attacks within and outside pak. If not act today, such things will repeat in the future also.

Indian Jan 20, 2016 11:27am

Sad news for the entire S.Asia

rajiv Jan 20, 2016 11:28am

may God save innocent lives...

Zaim Jan 20, 2016 11:31am

@AA Pre planned, this is what they are doing to engage Pak forces at any cost In the war which is not our , Economic corridor, China Influence In region , they want to keep away all Investments

Amit Jan 20, 2016 11:31am

Hope all the terrorist will be eliminated soon and save the innocent lives.

Mir Muhammad Ali Jan 20, 2016 11:32am

What the hell!!!!! Was there any intelligence report against this incident?? Army should totally wipe out such monsters targeting the future of Pakistan.

Bitter Truth Jan 20, 2016 11:33am

What do these monsters want? I think it's high time India and Pakistan unite forces against these angels of death! Scumbags!

Full sympathies from India.

Pashtunyar Jan 20, 2016 11:33am

Its a nightmare!

kd - India Jan 20, 2016 11:33am

:(

This is sick. - and the worst part; this is also done in the name of almighty :( Can you imagine what these people have inside their brains ?

RIP and stay strong Pakistan.

You've begin the journey on the right path after many decades. The road ahead is sure going to be long and tough; but you CAN get to a better tomorrow for sure.

deepest condolences.

kd - India Jan 20, 2016 11:33am

:(

This is sick.

Can you imagine what these people have inside their brains ?

RIP and stay strong Pakistan.

You've begin the journey on the right path after many decades. The road ahead is sure going to be long and tough; but you CAN get to a better tomorrow for sure.

deepest condolences.

Suresh Jan 20, 2016 11:33am

So sad..so sad. Why do these cowards attack innocent children to drive their agenda??? If you are really so masculine, try confronting the Army.

Satya Jan 20, 2016 11:34am

Tragic..Time to do something about it..They are killing kids :(

Munna Jan 20, 2016 11:35am

Why the terrorists are targeting educational institutions again and again, the places full of innocents and scholars? Why people dedicated for knowledge are being terrorized? Do they want to make the whole Pakistan blind and ignorant?

indian aspiration Jan 20, 2016 11:35am

Not again ......they are coward and sick people.hoping for less casualties All sympathy with pak people.

Sarai Alamgir Jan 20, 2016 11:37am

When will we learn, the road will lead us to Afghanistan and we all know who they are backed by.

nuzhat shireen Jan 20, 2016 11:38am

this is result of wrong ideology spread by uneducated elements.

Rajan Talwar Jan 20, 2016 11:39am

Friends pray for safety of everyone inside campus.

Arun-KS Jan 20, 2016 11:39am

What to comment with tearful eyes? Commentless! Not even able to utter words of assurance that we are with you!

PHILOSOPHER (from Japan) Jan 20, 2016 11:40am

...so they are against the education.

Hema Jan 20, 2016 11:41am

Very sad news for whole Indian subcontinent.

Bency Jan 20, 2016 11:42am

Very Sad and Angry ..... With love and Prayers from India

Dr faizan Jan 20, 2016 11:43am

agents of the war mongers attack unarmed and defenseless students... Someone does not like the role pakistan is playing, the allies it is picking and other geopolitical policies. Cpec? cpec issues with kpk?

anky jammu india Jan 20, 2016 11:44am

disgusting n sad..cowards are back again,,,,its never too late,,v all need to stay united against these jerks,,,,terrorism is just another war...

south indian hindu Jan 20, 2016 11:44am

It is impossible to provide security when soft targets are chosen.Change is requireed in the mindsets and situatins to be created for the change.My prayers for the bereved families.

RP Jan 20, 2016 11:45am

All these terrorists are enemies of humanity and should be eliminated with full force .

Faisal Jan 20, 2016 11:45am

Someone has to pay the price for what happened today

vivek singh Jan 20, 2016 11:47am

Stop it...most shameful act

Padmakar Jan 20, 2016 11:51am

Wake up call....

Akshay Jan 20, 2016 11:52am

My heart goes out to the families and to the people across the border. I really hope that the Pakistani Army and Police neutralise the terrorists before they inflict more loss.

God be with you all.

Dr Sandeep Mitra Jan 20, 2016 11:52am

Very sad incident. Attack on Pakistan remind us attack on India. Eliminate all terrorists from Pakistan soil. Time for all south Asian countries jointly work to kill all terrorists.

Factual Jan 20, 2016 11:52am

If we keep dragging our feet on complete implementation of National Action Plan such attacks will continue to occur. Each and every building can not be defended. We have to reach and eliminate the source.

india_first Jan 20, 2016 11:54am

Its sad and deplorable news.

Awais Jan 20, 2016 11:54am

Why were there no fences and patrolling on the walls ???

Gautam Jan 20, 2016 11:57am

Terrorism is the most cowardly act possible as it is a proxy war committed on innocent civilians who cannot defend themselves. May the Terrorists rot in eternal hell. Our thoughts are with you Pakistan.

JKeshav Jan 20, 2016 11:58am

This is terribly sad! I hope Pakistani establishment starts dismantling terrorist camps that are spread across the country. Innocent lives are being lost everyday and now is the time for Pakistani people to wake up and put an end to this monster!

Dr Sandeep Mitra Jan 20, 2016 11:58am

India is with Pakistan in this difficult time. Don't let a single terrorist escape.

kkk Jan 20, 2016 11:59am

So sad to hear that news how can one target innocent student . Time came to eliminate all these murderer from earth by cooperating each other .my heart weep för the loss Of innocent lives

SSG Jan 20, 2016 11:59am

@PHILOSOPHER (from Japan) They are not against the education, They are against Pakistan, They are against Pak Army & They are against humanity, Mind it!!

BRIJ Jan 20, 2016 12:00pm

@Aman sinha ME TOO.

atheist Jan 20, 2016 12:01pm

Very tragic incidence, but we never learn from our previous mistakes.

Farooq Jan 20, 2016 12:07pm

We will not bow down to these terrorist. We will send our children to schools and universities. We will stay in our country and will contribute in its growth and prosperity. We will not let anyone make our country hostage to these extremist who want to take us back to dark ages. We will give every sacrifice to make our country worth living for all Pakistanis irrespective of their cast, beliefs or religion. We love Pakistan.

Haroona Gul Jan 20, 2016 12:07pm

I just hope the world becomes a Peaceful place soon

Saurabh Jan 20, 2016 12:09pm

Its so painful to see such loss of human life due to mindless agenda of these terrorist organizations. What pains more is that we haven't learned anything from previous attacks.

KaKa Jan 20, 2016 12:09pm

These cowards can only attack on innocent students.

umesh Jan 20, 2016 12:10pm

Stop this madness! For god sake!

IndianOfficer Jan 20, 2016 12:10pm

This madness must stop. Live and let live. Dont hate people

cool Jan 20, 2016 12:11pm

Barbaric ! Every human on earth should join fight against such evil forces.

Dharam Jan 20, 2016 12:11pm

@Faisal The families of the victims are paying the price. They lost their child to the brainless activities of the terrorists.

sohail Jan 20, 2016 12:12pm

The hold Govt fully responsible for it.if they would implement NAP seriously, such things would never had happened.we still don't know the mind behind APS attack.

khara aur karwa such Jan 20, 2016 12:13pm

And we would not allow action against those involved in terror financing. PM, please think it over. B firm and unrelenting against all those involved in terrorism and economic terrorism.

Left Jan 20, 2016 12:14pm

Action required from the civilian govt:

1- Shut down all of the Madrassa without licenses, teaching hate and do not teach modern subject such as English and Math. 2- Border control on Afghan side, No one will pass without valid visa 3- Deport all of the Afghans 4- Go after the financiers 5- complete ristrictions on the money movement without proper channels 6- hire more intelligence officers 7- Bring FATA into KP 8- If any foreign country was involved send them a ground breaking message.

Faiz Muhammad Memon Jan 20, 2016 12:14pm

Terrorists again attacked àt educational institute and victimised innocent students and teachers. we should firmly united for eradication of such menace.

Svk Jan 20, 2016 12:15pm

Oh my god, as a student sitting inside my class room reading this news feeling very sad. Boiling blood, tearing eyes, why this monsters have to kill the innocent students, dreams of Pakistan shouldn't be this cheap. We can only pray for good will of everyone struck inside.

Sondeep Jan 20, 2016 12:16pm

Sad to hear.Shameless act.

We are with Pakistan People.

Pramod Kumar Jan 20, 2016 12:16pm

really sad incident . save as many lives possible

Ammar Jan 20, 2016 12:17pm

When it was established that India had a hand in APS attack then why did we not take up this matter seriously.

I blame our government for this mess.

I am INDIAN Jan 20, 2016 12:17pm

Terrorism has no religion. Killing innocent must be stopped by all nations. Punish all the terrorist group across the Globe.

Sohaib Jan 20, 2016 12:17pm

Any Intelligence warning To Kpk Govt ???We Have Received Another Dead Bodies :(

Armaan Jan 20, 2016 12:18pm

I am in Indian and condemn this terror attack. Our prayers are with Pakistan. We wish for a quick recovery and hoping for no further attacks. god bless Pakistan and this world.

VINAY KUMAR SINGH Jan 20, 2016 12:18pm

oh God!!!

Srinivas Malladi Jan 20, 2016 12:18pm

I think the time has come when Pakistan and India have to start cooperating at every level to weed out this malaise of terrorism. The cooperation should extend to govt-govt,intelligence-intelligence and armed forces- armed forces.Instead of we wasting our efforts on firing at each other on borders,we need to divert our attention to root out the all pervasive menace of terrorism from both the countries.

Sondeep Jan 20, 2016 12:18pm

Shameless Act. Sad to know.

We are with Pakistan People.

tochi Jan 20, 2016 12:18pm

We pray here for the young ones who died. May their soul RIP. May Almighty help in rooting out terrorism

B B Hegade Jan 20, 2016 12:20pm

Those children are poor and not access to education are being radicalized and including in suicide-squad and killing them by hard-liners. Now those children having education and looking for career to build nation/world, those are also killing by these animals. Very pathetic, where we are going.....?

zakir proud indian Jan 20, 2016 12:21pm

Rest in peace friends.Pakistan army must act more vigorously to derail all kinds of terrorism (good-evil) & make the world a safe place to live in.

Dare Jan 20, 2016 12:21pm

@SSG Didn't leadership of PML N, PTI, JI, etc used to call these terrorists as their own children just less than 2 years ago!

prakash Jan 20, 2016 12:22pm

Mentally sick people.. pak govt should be absolutely brutal to them.

flik Jan 20, 2016 12:23pm

Strongly condemn this cowardly act of terrorism. Wish Pakistan unite against these fanatic barbaric fools.

CK Jan 20, 2016 12:23pm

We Indians are with you in this hour of grief dear Pakistan !! What's happening to people of the world? Some genetic mutation happening??

Danish Jan 20, 2016 12:24pm

@Aman sinha - me too

ahmad Jan 20, 2016 12:26pm

@haider the rebel you are talking about something that is irrelevant at this point.

quintetuk Jan 20, 2016 12:27pm

We are with u in this sad moment. We have been hurt from across the border but we still love and respect you. Standing for each other is the only way forward in times of crisis.

Skeptic Jan 20, 2016 12:27pm

After the APS attack last year, one would assume there would be heightened security at institutions were people gather in large numbers - schools, colleges, malls, mosques, stadiums etc... And improved intelligence to pre-empt such attacks..

Sad, we have yet to learn from the past!

Ali Akhtar(Multan) Jan 20, 2016 12:29pm

Time to seal our borders. Check each and every suspicious individual. PAKISTAN ZINDABAD

Anita Dubey Jan 20, 2016 12:29pm

Dear Pakistanis, please fight these coward and utterly backward terrorists with all your might and intelligence. Make sure that all your girls, boys, women, men, old and young are educated and enlightened so that they become scientific, tenacious and brave physically, socially and mentally. All the best.

Ravee Jan 20, 2016 12:30pm

Very sad. Innocent people have become target.

shans Jan 20, 2016 12:30pm

Should be marked as a day of remembrance,like APS.RIP

Alikhan Jan 20, 2016 12:31pm

@Sunil

Is this Sharif's ? He is still in Switzerland while there is a blood bath here. Quetta, Peshawar ( kaarkhaney ) and now Charsadda. 3 days running !! Very very sad.

He must return immediately to take charge of the situation if he is a leader

Rajeev Velagapudi Jan 20, 2016 12:32pm

Strongly feel that those involved in planning and executing this heinous crime have no right to live on this planet called earth.

I pray that no more lives are lost and security forces eliminate all the terrorists at this minute.

Sincerest condolences to the parents of the deceased students from your Indian brothers.

Alikhan Jan 20, 2016 12:32pm

You are waiting for moderation while I am VERY VERY sad. I am losing my sanity.

sara Jan 20, 2016 12:32pm

enough is enough after this attack now its the time for the youth to raise against our corrupt so called leaders who can not provide us security ,education employment electricity, gas and other basic facilities.we should now start campaign all over pakistan against these looters.we now want a leader who is not billionaire but who is like us like ordinary pakistani and who can feel our pains .we reject nawazsharif,zardari and other apathetic leaders.youth all over pakistan its the right time to connect with each other and raise against these politicians who never cared for our country and who will never care

Rohit Jan 20, 2016 12:33pm

Terrible, these are not humans, they are animals & should not be spared. RIP the departed soul.

Muhammad T Jan 20, 2016 12:36pm

So they want an illiterate, non educated Pakistan? Is that a Revenge in their senses? Pathetic... Killing unarmed, innocents is not a valor.

ILYAS KHAN Jan 20, 2016 12:37pm

It is really sad to see these beast attacking our students. KPK people know how to defend themselves. Let there be weapons on campus for individual cleared by security forces. It may not be a good idea but this is extra ordinary situation and require extra ordinary measures. If there would have been 20-30 armed individuals, they can at least hold these beasts for some time until security forces arrives. No Govt in the world can protect every school and university, so let the people protect themselves.

Sanjoy Sankar Guha Jan 20, 2016 12:39pm

Hearth wrenching. Prayers for the dear ones of those dead. Prayers that the suffering of the Pakistani people come to an end soon.

Bala Jan 20, 2016 12:41pm

Dear All

Please ensure that none of the students got hurt due to some bad people in this earth. Put all forces of Pakistan or any other country to safe guard the trapped students. Students are future resources of the world.

My heart bleeds for them.

khan Jan 20, 2016 12:48pm

NOT AGAINNNNNNNNNN.......WE HAVE SEEN MORE THAN ENOUGH BLEEDING CORPSES....We shouldn't be part of any wars anymore except protecting the lives, liberty and property of our citizens. We should get out of this business and good and bad terrorism first and kill or capture the enemies of humanity. We must vow to educate every child and no one should be left behind. This mindless bloodshed has to be brought to an END.

Shahid Jan 20, 2016 12:50pm

Pakistan army should cross the border and finish these monsters off once for all.

KK Jan 20, 2016 12:51pm

what the hack .. :( .. so sad .. Pakistan ... for god sake clean them .. once for all..

aditya Jan 20, 2016 12:52pm

prayers from your Indian brothers.We will come together and fight these heinous murderers

johnpiyush Jan 20, 2016 12:55pm

We world ...strongly condemn this ...

Sharma Jan 20, 2016 12:55pm

@Munna Any country's real wealth is its educational institute. The terrorists know it. And hence they are doing so. Its important that we have a South Asian Joint Strike Force in order to counter this menace. As an Indian thats all I can say in this situation. I fear even if I express my condolences, I will be hound by some folks for expressing fake sentiments, unfortunately.

sohail Jan 20, 2016 01:00pm

Why NAP is not implemented effectively? Why we act only when incident like this happened? We have a PM in.place who is only concerned about how to expend his family business as long as he is PM.we are at the helm of such a non serious and arrogant people. Why operation in karachi only when.most of the terrorist bases are in Punjab?why still the economic terrorist still free and looting and plundering our wealth.

mirza abdul Mubeen Jan 20, 2016 01:01pm

very cowardice act of terrorist played on innocent educationist of KPK university.These criminals will soon get rid off from the sacred soil of our sweet home land inshallallah.

sss Jan 20, 2016 01:01pm

Terrorists are terrorists, no good or bad.

abdul raheem Jan 20, 2016 01:03pm

@aditya thanks

zahid amhed Jan 20, 2016 01:06pm

Army should evacuate the building but shuld not allows any STUDETN

XYZ-Indian Jan 20, 2016 01:07pm

I would love to know the motive of these attacks , which is so important and how can we resolve this. It is becoming too common now a days around the world.

noor Jan 20, 2016 01:14pm

@Anas greattttttttttttt....your idea is the real solution

zahid amhed Jan 20, 2016 01:16pm

ARMY should evacuate the building and capture them alive. Local afghans and pashtuns let them stay in their homes . These terrorists are may b afghans. they cant not arrive charsada in one day . There might b a chance that someone is hidding them and providing them with ammu. Waziristan people should be given another hight level identification system. with DNA identity. and they should not allowed to move to any city without informing the local security deparments. No one knows who is cmming from Afghanistan , or tribal areas of pakistan. our country is like a animal planet. No system. no rules. bcz reponsible officers are doing nothing. they just take 100k salary and make homes in society. Dear nations our country is not suitable for democracy .

Utpal Jan 20, 2016 01:18pm

Again it proved that there is nothing like Good Terrorist or Bad Terrorist. I, a common man, from Kolkata, India condemn this heinous act.

ruby Jan 20, 2016 01:21pm

I am shocked and sad beyond words. Why can't our intelligence agencies prevent such horrific attacks. Why can't we get rid of all TTP once and for all? Do we even have a plan of action to get rid of TTP completely?

Divergence Jan 20, 2016 01:22pm

@XYZ-Indian No motive other than killing unarmed Pakistanis.

Sudhanshu Swami Jan 20, 2016 01:22pm

Very tragic incident. Public should unite to uproot terrorism.

Rajeev Jan 20, 2016 01:23pm

Do these terrorists want to world to go to stone age?

sam Jan 20, 2016 01:23pm

Our sincere condolences from India on the coward act by the terrorists! RIP innocent souls...

Justwasif Jan 20, 2016 01:25pm

Why its happening again and again...

anil sahu Jan 20, 2016 01:28pm

@Ali Akhtar(Multan) enemy is within. and also ideologies. cant prevent by sealing borders

Max Jan 20, 2016 01:29pm

@haider the rebel : Why don't you shut up and keep politics away from human sufferings?

ramesh Jan 20, 2016 01:30pm

i am very sad may god give strenth to victim and their family

K W Jan 20, 2016 01:30pm

Enough said, time for action.

siddharth Jan 20, 2016 01:31pm

It would be bad if we start accepting this. Killing in education institutes should not become a routine and accepted norm. There cant be any discussion on this....

Sal Jan 20, 2016 01:31pm

It is never ending situation. Again and again students are getting killed.

calypso Jan 20, 2016 01:33pm

Pakistan should target the basis cause of terrorism: the structures creating such terrorists, the psychological base which has created a completely wrong perception of Islam, the financial base for Terrorist organisations, which Comes from Drug-Money and the movement of arms. It is no more a Problem of poor People now. The Kids of middle and higher class are being attacked and killed. I hope we wake up now and push the Society in the right direction - away from this disasterous.

Muhammad Arshad Jan 20, 2016 01:37pm

such a Sad News.

Mishal Jan 20, 2016 01:38pm

so TTP has again killed all mankind

sky Jan 20, 2016 01:39pm

the last time when I saw the children 140 dead, I asked myself if any human being do that ? specially when they claim as MUSLIM ! now I feel they will go for any soft target . I truly appreciate pak fauz for their prompt action otherwise it could have far more casualties ! what is the solution ?

sandeep deshmukh Jan 20, 2016 01:41pm

cowards .. attacking the innocents....... shameless ......

NV Jan 20, 2016 01:42pm

Another attack on education. Terrorists don't want people to get educated. Closure of schools, then Malala, then Rawalpindi and now BK Univ. Animals..... Shame!!!!!!!!!

ILYAS KHAN Jan 20, 2016 01:42pm

what a shame on these TTP beasts. Claim responsibility but why they killed these innocent civilians? Face our brave army and security forces. You are taking the last breaths and this shows your frustration.

Khyber Watch Jan 20, 2016 01:44pm

Facebook should put up flag of Pakistan to show support against terrorism, just like they did in paris attacks!

khanman Jan 20, 2016 01:50pm

who will verify the claim that its really TTP, somebody is using TTP and hiding their name..if after incident i call them and say that i from abc claim the responsibility then it doesn't mean that its really abc.

ishrat salim Jan 20, 2016 01:51pm

Unless :

1) accountability of APS attack is done

2) strategies, mechanism & narratives are not defined, we will continue to face such incidents

3) implementation of NAP in its proper sense is not taken up

4) De-radicalization is not taken up seriously

5) NACTA is made operational due to constant intel failures from our end.

6) we infiltrate these extremists & terrorists outfits, we will get surprises. We cannot just follow leads that we get through arrested terrorists.

Why & how could the terrorists use the back wall to climb in ? Was this not similar to APS ? those terrorists also came from the back side. So, what did we learnt from APS ? ZERO. This shows our resolve & seriousness to tackle this menace head on, because we do not value human lives nor are we passionate about saving lives. Because we have resolved not to learn from our mistakes, otherwise, these terrorists would not have re-grouped themselves to repeat their past action as being witnessed recently.

Capt C M Khan Jan 20, 2016 01:51pm

Sadly this is not the last. We all know the origin and source of these animals. Unless we close their centers in Southern Punjab and KPK we CANNOT WIN THIS WAR. Either we do it now or wait to loose more innocent lives. The Leaders/Opposition and Army will have to decide.

Puru Jan 20, 2016 01:52pm

Kids and Students ??? Why ? If they are such brave warriors, why don't they come in the open and face the military directly ?

This is such a sad and barbaric act. Condolence from India.

Pravin-Bangalore Jan 20, 2016 01:53pm

RIP, Hunt down the brain behind this.

prashanth Jan 20, 2016 01:53pm

government should destroy all kinds of terror outfits, take complete control of education system. Education that needs to be imparted should be decided by the government. Even if it is madrassa, the education curriculum should be decided by the government. Nobody in the nation, except those belonging to the Government should be allowed to possess weapons and any one else holding weapons should be put behind bars. The main allegation against Sanjay Dutt for which he was imprisoned was that he was in possession of AK47. Pakistan has to restructure its approach, but unfortunately for long it has been tinkering with these issues. That should stop, for the benefit of Pakistan.

Amit Jan 20, 2016 01:53pm

Really Sad news, RIP for those who lost their lives in this shameful act..

DeLhIiTe! Jan 20, 2016 01:54pm

Ohh God! The so called very powerful and trained terrorists are now attacking college children! Wow, just shows how coward these terrorists are. They don't have the guts to wage a war against any army and the best thing to prove themselves powerful is to attack these innocents. Simply pathetic!

Shabbir Kazmi Jan 20, 2016 01:55pm

This killing has been going on because various groups having vested interest have been providing patronage to the killers. As a first step all refugees must be brought to camps and then extricated. Everyone has to watch its neighborhood and collective efforts should be made to push such people out of the areas.

Rishabh Jain Jan 20, 2016 02:00pm

a big tradegy is averted .. may god bless the souls of loved ones. amen

Sarai Alamgir Jan 20, 2016 02:04pm

@khanman you are 100% correct, TTP is just a front, for we all know who.

salman Jan 20, 2016 02:05pm

Thank you to all the Indian writers for their kind messages of support.

Alam Jan 20, 2016 02:06pm

TTP is operating from where? We are the victims and we are blamed as well. Now everyday attackers coming from Afghanistan and no leader or media protedting to Afghanistan. If Pakistan can respond with force only then the attacks will stop otherwise it will continue.

Jawad Jan 20, 2016 02:06pm

No no no not again

Dr Arslan Vistro Jan 20, 2016 02:06pm

Since Pakistan is starting to build some international reputation, these attacks have occured to defame it.

Shir Yousaf Jan 20, 2016 02:08pm

its very sad to hear. i have no words what ta say, innocent students are being targed here in KPK, what the hell is going ONNN...

hina hasan Jan 20, 2016 02:11pm

@saba_aa taliban wants you to remain illiterate

turbo Jan 20, 2016 02:13pm

cowards do it again...signs of desparation!

Divergence Jan 20, 2016 02:17pm

@Justwasif because security measures are lax despite having continuous warnings and governments are failing or else there is an insider lead.

Divergence Jan 20, 2016 02:19pm

@hina hasan Someone is just using the name of "talibans". Nobody knows who is the real mastermind behind attacks like APS and other educational institutions.

Hassan Jan 20, 2016 02:24pm

Mansoor & Khorasani both should be brought to justice. Without punishing people responsible for radicalization and extremism and taking terrorists side, nothing can be achieved. Extremist elements are still at large and giving Friday sermons like in Lal Masjid. are we serious?

Shrikant Nagnath Kumbhar Jan 20, 2016 02:27pm

wake up...sooner the better..

Javed Ahmed Jan 20, 2016 02:30pm

It seems that provincial and federal government has learnt nothing APS tragedy!

kamal Jan 20, 2016 02:30pm

Terrorists and Extremists only understand the language of force and violence. Anything else they consider cowardice!!

prakash Jan 20, 2016 02:33pm

Indian and Pakistan army should launch combined operation to eliminate such groups from the entire sub-continent. But these coward will not show their faces to the army, they show their bravery by shooting kids. Awful.

shailesh Desai Jan 20, 2016 02:37pm

And still the Good Terrorist are freely moving in Pakistan. God Know when will the Pakistan Military realize this?? We from India pray for all the Innocent life lost in this Barbaric attack. It’s my prayer to the Pakistani administration & military At least once stand-up and tells the world and name this is people who attack Innocent life in Pakistan and also neighboring country. I promise you that the entire world will stand with PAKISTAN, but do it honestly.

Imran ali Jan 20, 2016 02:41pm

it is security and intelligence failure,there should be judicial inquiry and those responsible should be removed..

Haroon Rashid Khan Jan 20, 2016 02:43pm

@RA There is no such thing as good terrorism. Pakistan does not consider terrorist anywhere in the world as god terrorists. This can only be your misunderstanding.

Nasir Afridi Jan 20, 2016 02:45pm

AoA, Need some bold steps to think out of box regarding to cope terrorism in pakistan, especially in KPK.

Request to IMran Khan(Chairman PTI) to deploy a unique National Police for Educational Institutes in KPK.............Thx

nasir.afridi79@yahoo.com

ali Jan 20, 2016 02:46pm

@shailesh Desai I agree with you but also foreign funding should be stopped

Taimoor Khan Jan 20, 2016 02:47pm

The real "axis of evil" of strikes again. Clearly some powers are not happy with Pakistan trying to spoil their dirty game in middle east with the peace initiative between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Is this what one individual was saying few days ago that Pakistan will remain unstable for decades?

Whatacountry Jan 20, 2016 02:48pm

Another example of an incompetent interior ministry and govt empathy for the common man. No significant investigations were conducted after APS attack and this is the result.

Jawad Jan 20, 2016 02:50pm

They are putting fear in KPK people to stop sending kids to schools and keep them uneducated. They want to win

Sami Ullah Swati Jan 20, 2016 02:51pm

Pakistan should rise again and wipe out all these monsters and killers! Yesterday, it was Peshawar-Bara under attack and today its Charsada. How long the country have to wait!!!!!Time for a more unified national action!

rajesh sharma Jan 20, 2016 02:52pm

Too tragic for words. It proves that there are no good or bad terrorists. Pakistan must understand this.

Honest Jan 20, 2016 02:52pm

Really...........!!!! But we were told ......Mastermind of APS had been killed.

Sirjee Jan 20, 2016 02:52pm

What is their objective? whey they are killing innocent people? Dont exactly understand the chain?

Sirjee Jan 20, 2016 02:54pm

@Raja Owais Sir, at this time of despair, I am with you in spite of being an Indian. When u talk, do u verify the facts? Loose talk often leads to hard times...

Dictator Jan 20, 2016 02:57pm

Why our armed forces come to act and protect the civilians? Where is police forces? Whats the role of police forces if army has to come and save the skins of civilians??

irfan Jan 20, 2016 02:58pm

What a Sad Day

WOW Jan 20, 2016 03:04pm

Terrorist cannot be discriminated.. you need to kill ALL

Truth Jan 20, 2016 03:06pm

@rajesh sharma You should be telling that to Afghanistan where they are hiding and receiving training and arms (including telling your government).

Divergence Jan 20, 2016 03:06pm

So long this hate mongering mindset is not annihilated, I suggest students should be allowed and be trained in carrying weapons for their safety.

Alam Jan 20, 2016 03:07pm

Do we deserved to be called a nuclear power? We are suffering from terrorists attacks for the ladt 35 years. After every attack we listen routine condemnations and nothing more. Except on frw occassions we never hear a word from the govt. Any other country except few under turmoil will investigate till reaching to the conclusion and arresting the perpetrators. We are behaving like Somalia or Nigeria where nothing more is done except comdemning. Behind every act of terroism there are perpetrator wheather in the country or in neighbouring countries. But our investigations are restricted to APS type one or two attacks. The planners sitting outside Pakistan are becoming bold and aggressive everyday. These attacks will increase with everyday if some serious reply is not given. We should forget CPEC or any other development project if something serious is not done to stop the perpetrators in whichever country thry are sitting.

Taimoor Khan Jan 20, 2016 03:10pm

Dont not fall pray to this deception of some religious fanatics doing this. This is a well planned and well funded proxy war against Pakistan and its people waged from the soil of Afghanistan by those who entrenched themselves in Kabul after the fall of Afghan Taliban government in post 9/11. There is a pure "axis of evil" between highly venomous anti-Pakistan states who are hitting Pakistan collectively and in coordination with each other. One of the such state's defense minister was on record recently saying that Pakistan will pay heavily and the leader of other had the wishful thinking of keeping Pakistan unstable for next few decades. Our leaders are sleeping while Pakistanis are paying heavy price.

lafanga Jan 20, 2016 03:10pm

TTP leadership is living in Afghanistan under the protection of Afghan and Indian intel agencies. This is a fact that has been repeated many times. They have done the APS attack and now Charsadda. Enough is enough. We cannot have our mothers crying for their children going to schools and colleges. Pakistan MUST send a strong message to Afghanistan to either target the TTP leadership or capture them and hand them over to Pakistan. Nothing short will be accepted.

A message also needs to be sent to Pak civilian leadership. NO MORE shaking hands with Modi and unannounced birthday visits. Enough is enough. Either India backs off and engages with Pakistan for "real" peace or we disengage completely and let the chips fall where they may.

Omar Jan 20, 2016 03:17pm

Long live Pakistan! This nation stands united against these non-humans targeting the future of this country, both directly and indirectly. Kudos to this article and structure of the news update. A very professional and mature report. Keep it up and thank you for the updates.

Syed Bilal Afzal Ashraf Jan 20, 2016 03:17pm

How to fight against them when we don't know who are they and from where do they come.

sheikh Jan 20, 2016 03:18pm

we have to catch the real culprits behind these acts.......these acts are well planned and from people who hate pakistan.....just imagine killing innocent children.....well Pakistan think tank will have to really "THINK".........the culprits are hidden ...surely not these TTP etc...........

wanghai Jan 20, 2016 03:22pm

money of metroes spend on building boundary at pak afg border.

Arif Naqvi Jan 20, 2016 03:23pm

A deplorable and shameful act which should be condemn by all and sundry

Rashid Jan 20, 2016 03:24pm

These terrorists heads are sitting in Afghanistan

Muhammad Saleem Munshi Jan 20, 2016 03:24pm

Obama the wily turncoat was not inaccurate when he said he saw instability in Pakistan for many years to come. God help us, is this what we bequeath to our children and Youth, our hope for the future. We live in a constant state of denial granting patriot certificates acting on pure whim. Our ruling establishment steadfastly refuses to answer any issue politically. But what to say of politics it is dead now, a mere matter of survival of the elite with and without guns. The rest of the so called citizens of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan are just cannon fodder for any one with a gun and bomb out there whether on this side of the line or the other.Hail to the limp muzammati bayans.

Arun Jan 20, 2016 03:25pm

Very very sad, can not express grief ..why these people are killing innocents? what they are going to get from it.? Cowardly act..

Shahbaaz Jan 20, 2016 03:26pm

The REaction from pakistan for terrorist attack is so casual,,,what is this guys 21 people killed and dont know many more incidents may occur common draw the line between terrorist and state pakistan.other wise it will convert in to civil war.

j Jan 20, 2016 03:28pm

@lafanga perfect reply....

Diptarko Jan 20, 2016 03:28pm

Really tragic....Condolences to the families of the bereaved

j Jan 20, 2016 03:29pm

@lafanga couldnt agree more.

biplob gope Jan 20, 2016 03:29pm

our heartfelt condolences to the families.

j Jan 20, 2016 03:29pm

@Taimoor Khan 100% correct.

Nadal Ahmed Jan 20, 2016 03:31pm

What a sad news....

j Jan 20, 2016 03:32pm

@prakash what will you do if your people proved responsible??

Indian Jan 20, 2016 03:32pm

Killing Children is pathetic. How can you call yourself a Human being, Hope you get punished the way you deserve.

Tech Gs Jan 20, 2016 03:33pm

Kill all those who were involved in this crime...

Very bad, no words to explain our anger.

India & every other country should help Pakistan to eliminate these terrorists, once for all.

haider khan Jan 20, 2016 03:36pm

An act of brutality, it came at a time when security situation was inclined towards betterment......its an indication toward the perpetrator who are really annoyed with STABILITY AND PEACE IN PAK.

Arif Naqvi Jan 20, 2016 03:37pm

Lets see if our religious leaders condemn this act of terrorism or not

JP Jan 20, 2016 03:38pm

It's time we accept that ALL armed non-state actors of any sort are unacceptable in South Asia. It isn't under foreign occupation. They only bring chaos. All their solutions are written in the language of meaningless death, not in ideas, creativity, dialogue, compromise and empathy. They don't solve any problems. They are all psychopaths.

faryal Jan 20, 2016 03:38pm

again losing the Pakistani heroes!

Sandy Jan 20, 2016 03:39pm

@lafanga I pity your thinking. Bcoz of people like you peace between india and pakistan will never prevail. Rip in peace innocent souls.

Amer RAO - Toronto Jan 20, 2016 03:43pm

Very sad incident again, but we have to remember that terrorists are living among us. This is long war, we must have to train our people to protect themselves.

Khalid/copenhagen Jan 20, 2016 03:47pm

We need to focus on handlers of those animals..

fahd Jan 20, 2016 03:47pm

@Muneer Kabul Soon brother, but our govt's need to work together if they are to survive

Cyrus Jan 20, 2016 03:48pm

The Taliban want to drag education in Pakistan down to their level.

natey Jan 20, 2016 03:53pm

they need to give teachers guns...atleast they can fight until police or army arrive..

Justwasif Jan 20, 2016 03:54pm

Responsible elders are as usual on foreign trips, this time trying to make peace between Saudi Arabia and Iran

kkk Jan 20, 2016 03:56pm

@j it is very sad and heart breaking incident specially killing of innocent school children. But there are some element within inside pakistan to be addressed like Lal masjid Molana abdul aziz who is sympathizer for the murderer who execute Peshawar school attack and like Imam who pressurize the boy to commit the horrific act to chopped his hand. Check these type of element who brain washed the people.

V.B.N.Ram Jan 20, 2016 04:00pm

The people of India have been pained beyond measure. I am one of those who stands shoulder to shoulder with the people of Pakistan in their moment of grief. May Alla provide enough strength to the hapless victims and their loved ones.

lafanga Jan 20, 2016 04:01pm

@Sandy "I pity your thinking. Bcoz of people like you peace between india and pakistan will never prevail. Rip in peace innocent souls."

Peace is not a one way street. Just remember that. Go talk to the families of APS and Charsadda victims then come back and lecture me.

Cyrus Jan 20, 2016 04:04pm

@saba_aa .... Then it is time for citizens to stand up. You have to kill them.

waqar Jan 20, 2016 04:05pm

So sad......................reminiscent Of APS. one killing and accept responsibility and second one is condemning . while both are rebels affiliated with TTP.

Aman Khan Jan 20, 2016 04:07pm

@Dil Dil Pakistan How cruel it is to blame security failure for such acts. No security wall can be built to stop fanatics from killing innocent people, even if you employ security personnel at every nook and corner. Such attacks have become almost a daily affair in USA. The best way to prevent such tragedies is to identify such elements before they strike and this can be done only by us, the ordinary people. If we are all alert about our surrounding and concerned about safety of the community, it is not difficult to identify those taking shelter amongst us. Unfortunately, we are all guilty of ignoring our responsibilities towards the community and concentrating only on our personal well being.

Ahmar Qureshi Jan 20, 2016 04:09pm

why... :-(

sambath kumar, South India Jan 20, 2016 04:11pm

@lafanga Sir, How you come to an early conclusion that India is involved. We try to make peace with you, but people like you always see India as enemy. How peace will come?... Terrorists have no state, no religion etc., They are like animals. Money is floating in the name of terrorism. Please don't blame India. We people of India always with you against terrorism. May soul rest in peace for those lost their lives in University attack

ANURAG Jan 20, 2016 04:12pm

common for god sake not again..... shocked nothing to say ;

NOBODY Jan 20, 2016 04:12pm

@LAFANGA Yes.. the families of APS and Charsdda victims would want justice and want an end to terrorism, both good and bad. Not a lecture/hate mongering against Afghanistan/India

Ravi Sri Jan 20, 2016 04:14pm

omg So tragic and sad...

Ahmad Jan 20, 2016 04:14pm

@GabruNYC not a time for shameless point scoring!

Ahmad Jan 20, 2016 04:15pm

@gaurav not right time for point scoring.. Please be a human first.

Hindutavi Rakshas Jan 20, 2016 04:15pm

A failure to implement NAP in its true spirit and this is she result.We have funds for making useless metro projects yet no money for NAP on ground other then just on papers .

Anoni Jan 20, 2016 04:19pm

One thing we should do and make sure to stand united and hold tight. And most importantly to educate each and every child that lives in Pakistan. The enemies surely want the people to fear and be uneducated.

Our country men /women have been paying with blood to keep the modesty/ morality alive. Let's value their sacrifice and don't fear and keep up the education drive. It's a long road but one we must take with 100% literacy on our mind. so that no one can be brainwashed by enemies of our land.

yogi Jan 20, 2016 04:19pm

@j my tax is not going waste

RBS Jan 20, 2016 04:19pm

Very Sad What is wrong with these people? Inhuman act of violence on innocent young kids.

Kabeer Jan 20, 2016 04:20pm

Until and unless our Establishment eradicates extremist ideology such incident will keep happening anybody from outside can use these terrorists first finish this fodder then hope that no beast will be tempted to chew it we have lot of pasture available in every part of our country

Faraz Zubair Jan 20, 2016 04:22pm

They attack our institutions to discourage education. They do not wish to see our generations educated and tolerant. Now why would a Muslim do that? Think. They re being funded from elsewhere

Aro Jan 20, 2016 04:25pm

May God destroy these terrorists and their supporters and May God give victory to our nation and our armed forces against this menace....Ameen

Having said that Pak forces should get rid of all the Madrssas Mosques who support suicide bombing in any form otherwise we will have see more blood shed.Attacking branches will not make an impact, cut down the roots and destroy the whole tree.

Avinash Jan 20, 2016 04:25pm

@Ammar ....thats because it was not true

futureperfect Jan 20, 2016 04:26pm

ENOUGH is ENOUGH. We must unite and eliminate ALL sorts of terrorists!

sspadmin Jan 20, 2016 04:29pm

It is such a tragic incident that no words are good enough to express the grief.It is high time to vow to curb the Terrorism ruthlessly in its all forms and shapes.In no way , no country should support or nurture the terrorism by any group or organisation. It is proved again and again that terrorism is ultimate enemy of humanity. The fight against terrorists and terrorism should be fought together by all.

Mrs.khalil Jan 20, 2016 04:29pm

After one year of APS attack , we are standing at same place. Our governament needs to understand who is our real enemy , and how to deal with

Ailly Jan 20, 2016 04:32pm

our govt did not cooperated with Army what was agreed in NAP. this could have been avoided had our stubborn political leadership taken advice from COAS/ allies... instead they were busy in protecting their favored persons.

Cyrus Jan 20, 2016 04:32pm

@rehan .... The poppies in Afghanistan can't be destroyed, drugs can be cleaned up at the other end - in Karachi the shipping point.

Cyrus Jan 20, 2016 04:34pm

@Azam A Siddiqui .... The students are going to need more than a sense of security.

Cyrus Jan 20, 2016 04:37pm

@Realistic Pakistan doesn't need hope. It needs straight shooting.

prakash Jan 20, 2016 04:37pm

@j It will not be. And if in worst of dreams, it comes true, believe me, people of India will stand with you, and the perpetrators will have to pay the price. There is no political, economic or social driver in India to commit such a heinous crime.

Ursula Jan 20, 2016 04:38pm

Condolences to the victims families

hamad khan Jan 20, 2016 04:40pm

One can get any kind of drugs without any difficulty in Pakistan ...drug trade is the main financial resource of all terrorism activities

Aftab Ahmed Jan 20, 2016 04:46pm

Not again! Enough is enough now.

Aftab Ahmed Jan 20, 2016 04:49pm

What kind of humans are they ? Seriously..............I am shocked.

Riaz M M Jan 20, 2016 04:51pm

All our sympathies should be with the people affected.The need of the hour is to adopt ways to discourage recruitment for terrorists,one way may be to adopt policy of arresting the parents and close relatives of the terrorists ,second is to pursue ruthless cleaning up of the Madressahs ,Mosques and extremist religious Teachers ,thirdly we should be very careful when donating our money for so called religious or welfare purposes.Finally every one must report a suspicious activity or suspicious characters particularly in KPK ,moreve public must discard sheltering their own tribes' criminals and smugglers especially in KPK .

globalcitizen Jan 20, 2016 04:52pm

Most of the people in the world are stupid to the core. They don't understand at all the real reason behind such inhunan acts against the innocent people. The real underlying reason for such inhuman acts around the world is the perverted religious mind, which is the result of wrong interpretation of religion. Such acts are inhuman & against any religion. Just think folks, how can a religion be against humanity, killing innocent people?

Cyrus Jan 20, 2016 04:55pm

@Satya ... ... No. It is time for everyone to do something about this.

Usman Jan 20, 2016 04:57pm

When Obama said there would be no peace in Pak, he meant it.

Matt Jan 20, 2016 04:57pm

@Raja Owais they are not exposing india, because it is not done by india.

Cyrus Jan 20, 2016 05:01pm

@Dr faizan .... The heroin smugglers don't like the roll Pakistan is playing.

j Jan 20, 2016 05:03pm

@prakash appreciate your sentiments but there is no need of any driver when you are blinded by revenge.

Umar Jan 20, 2016 05:04pm

Continue operation in Karachi and forget the rest! We will see more results like this!

Saurabh Jan 20, 2016 05:04pm

Sad...again and again.

j Jan 20, 2016 05:05pm

@yogi this is you saying bro..

yogi Jan 20, 2016 05:05pm

@sara well said ji.

Pk Jan 20, 2016 05:06pm

Terrorist will continue to take advange of India and Pakistan, Till both country will become United to fight this killer decease. Now it's all up to us joine together or keep paying the price with Death and destruction . RIP

shahid Jan 20, 2016 05:08pm

@Shan opium trade generates 4 billion dollars, if killers are getting 10% of that, then source of money will not go away. Also there could be some tribal elements in these attacks.

Burnol Jan 20, 2016 05:09pm

@futureperfect, but problem is terrorists are pampered and trained in afghanistan (nds & raw). we know we have WAR at our hands.

yogi Jan 20, 2016 05:11pm

@Sarai Alamgir you are correct,

Anand Sharma Jan 20, 2016 05:17pm

very sad . may the soul of the innocents persons rest in peace . Hope god will make the whold world terror free . My heart goes with people of pakistan and the family member of those who are killed

white noise Jan 20, 2016 05:18pm

when attack on school occurred last time, Govt. said, never again, we will be tough on them yada yada bla bla,

well Sarkaar? what slogan you will have now?

ReadyToSacrificeMore Jan 20, 2016 05:18pm

Do you want to scare us? Tell the enemy you will fear from our courage to sacrifice more. You cannot defeat us. Getting martyred is not the defeat.

ReadyToSacrificeMore Jan 20, 2016 05:20pm

@saba_aa We can bear it? What we cannot bear is defeat. What we cannot bear is being coward.

ashok Jan 20, 2016 05:24pm

So sad to see another terrorist attack on a place of learning. Condolences to the families pf the deceased and wish a rapid recovery to the injured. But what is the solution to these repeated acts of terror? Does anyone in Pakistan have an answer?

Nitin Jan 20, 2016 05:27pm

Very sad indeed when education places are targeted, but pakistan needs to work on root cause of terrorism, which is religious fundamentalism..remove it from people hearts and bring in humanity in its place..killing of any innocent just because he/she disagrees with you is totally unjustified...Pray for all innocents lives lost today.

sarai Jan 20, 2016 05:27pm

tragic :(

Zaidi, Iqbal Hadi Jan 20, 2016 05:28pm

What an argument? Some people have remarked over here that since this incident has happened PM Nawaz must immediately return from Switzerland and take cognizance of the security situation which made me laugh and at least I could not work out as to how PM immediate return from Swiss can change the situation. Should I bring to their kind notice that time and again people are killed alike even in much greater number while PM was very much in the country so his presence or absence has no meaning whatsoever. Who votes for me or for that matter who stones me? Iqbal Hadi Zaidi / Kuwait / zaidi4merdiplomat@hotmail.com / Cell +965-66229897

Bupi Jan 20, 2016 05:28pm

Murderer of Humanity have no faith in their religion.. Pak govt & public should condem Any type of similar Atacks happens any where in world including in India

Ali Jan 20, 2016 05:34pm

The law enforcement have to look into the matter seriously, because in the article the writer mentioned that the TTP spokesman condemn this attack, so who is behind this attack? old enemy (rat) If this is true then government have to dig out and take them from their hideouts.

Jawad Jan 20, 2016 05:45pm

Pakistan army should start bombing their caves. They are losing that's why they are attacking schools.

kalidas kohale Jan 20, 2016 05:50pm

Very sad. Deep condolence to the families of victims.

Aksashwani Jan 20, 2016 06:05pm

May lord Shiva bless the departed souls in peace...

Sachin Jan 20, 2016 06:09pm

So sad and RIP. What do these monsters wants by such acts ???

asif Jan 20, 2016 06:16pm

Killers have no religion no country. Neighbours should undetstand at least now, if wisdom they have otherwise keep on running on the same axis. Least concerned. We have to fight having measureless stamina.

Observer Jan 20, 2016 06:16pm

Govt need to use full force and focus to eliminate these monsters, instead of using our forces and intelligence agencies in settling political scores. If we delayed this further, we will become Syria or Somalia.

Ailly Jan 20, 2016 06:17pm

Such a shameful and mindless act, despite knowing after Pathankot something may happen in Pak....... but again, no adequate measures were in place... though its tough but not impossible.

second saddest part of this such incidents is that reality is never shared with public nor media..... we must know that. but our govt / LEAS keep it to their chest in the name of security. what security is this again 20+ innocent people lost their lives. why don they publish names / pics of guilty people who were involved earlier in APS and other many such incidents in last 15 years.

my heart goes out to those bereaved families who will remain in agony for long... for losing their kids for ignorance on part of our govt.

Steve Boston Jan 20, 2016 06:27pm

It is sad to read this. May God give strength to survivors and specially to the parents of the deceased. The time has come for people to introspect and decide their future. RIP.

Ahmed Jan 20, 2016 06:27pm

Indian RAW Involvement is clear as they get funding for the weapons and training in Afghanistan .

Ravikiran Jan 20, 2016 06:28pm

Intelligence failure or failing to act on the intel received? There should be thorough investigation on this

M.Saeed Jan 20, 2016 06:29pm

Where is our Unity in Faith and Disciplined religion of Peace? If we can get these forces together, nothing can terrorize us, ever.

Ghaznavi Jan 20, 2016 06:29pm

This must not be ruled out as an Indian response to the Pathankot attack . Their minister is on record threatening Pakistan of a painful response.

Nadeem Jan 20, 2016 06:32pm

When will we learn to respond to the threats??? KP govt's failure!

Indian Jan 20, 2016 06:38pm

Dear brothers and sisters from Pakistan...

In this moment of such extreme pain and loss...we stand with you.

May God give us the strength to create peace amidst this darkness of violence around us.

There will be no other but we ourselves have to leave a safer world for our children.

Ghaznavi Jan 20, 2016 06:40pm

Time to arm the students so that they may defend themselves against these monsters

Paul Gill Jan 20, 2016 06:43pm

Too bad. Attack on the educational institution is a murder of humanity.

KDP Jan 20, 2016 06:45pm

it is a double whammy when intellectuals (professors and future educated young Pakistanis) are killed

Krishnan Jan 20, 2016 06:53pm

Deeply saddened.

Talha Jan 20, 2016 06:56pm

@gaurav Pakistan's enemies need to know that they won't know when Pakistan would strike back and when it does the enemies would be devastated.

Indian Jan 20, 2016 06:57pm

Attack on any one who is not holding any weapon to destroy others....is a sin.

No matter what faith or religion we may follow .... Whatever be the nation we may reside in...

Killing anyone in the name of anything is condemned by any God we choose to believe in.

There is only one way of defeating such barbaric...soulless...evil murderers.

Let's stand UNITED in condemned them...opposing them....outcasting them from mankind.

Let's stand UNITED against all terrorists.... Irrespective of whether we are Indians, Pakistani, asian..European

They will kill us a million times in millions ways.

But we have just one way to stand against them all. Stand UNITED

Kashif Jan 20, 2016 06:58pm

I really condemn this shameful act of terrorism.

A. Mangal Jan 20, 2016 07:04pm

Pushing back terrorists by force, beefing up more security measures etc. are temporary measures and fixes as suggested by security gurus. What intelligence agency ought to do is to "infiltrate" and "destroy" it's leaders from the "top"; only then these terrorist organizations will be eliminated for good provided there are no sympathy provided to these thugs by political party(s).

Leo Jan 20, 2016 07:13pm

very sad! condolences to Pakistanis.

ash patel Jan 20, 2016 07:14pm

My heart bleeds for your country where the carnage of innocent has become commonplace. We all need to be honest with ourselves to better understand the roots of terrorism in today's world. Terrorists are not borne, but are created by our own political system.

I wish Pakistan had her own Mahatma Gandhi to rescue the country.

Shaziah Zuber - Washington DC Jan 20, 2016 07:17pm

No one can deny the countless sacrifices of Pakistani countrymen in the war against terror. This is a time of taking action. We need to wipe out these cowards from the face of the earth so that they cannot find safe heaven anywhere.

M. Khan Jan 20, 2016 07:20pm

NO words are enough to condemn this savagery. These khawarij savages need be totally destroyed. No talks. No mercy. Head on war with TTP, and shoot on sight.

Manjeet Jan 20, 2016 07:21pm

Start now right from the school curricula and upto social institutions the effect will be seen after few yrs otherwise this is going to continue tired of condemning and cursing. The security agencies. Public memory is short all these philosophical comments fall flat action is required there was hope after Peshawar school shootout but nothing changed with the way of working so called assets

Indian Jan 20, 2016 07:21pm

India is with Pakistan in its fight against terrorism..

Pakistani Jan 20, 2016 07:30pm

@rehan it is USA who dont want to end the drugs in the world. this is where they get all their black money and sponsor terrorism all over the globe.

naji Jan 20, 2016 07:37pm

We can not stop these attacks by saying, "NO more attack Please". We can stop or reduce it by increasing education, starting new engineering projects, like, Dames, bridges, industries, roads, poultry farm and cattle farm houses. Serious investment in small industries like Bangladesh is doing. But all these are not possible with these corrupt leaders. Sorry about my comments.

pk Jan 20, 2016 07:39pm

Cowards at work again...this time in Pakistan. In the name of humanity this should be stopped by all nations of the world.

desidude Jan 20, 2016 07:39pm

As an Indian, I condemn these attacks, and my prayers are with the families.

sk Jan 20, 2016 07:41pm

R I P. We all stand united against such terror attacks & hope that all sincere efforts would be from the concerned to eradicate this nuisance from the soil. Hope that both Sharif understand severity of the issue and dismantle all camps with the same aggressive approach as seen from these cowards.

Karachi Wala Jan 20, 2016 07:48pm

KP and southern punjab needs Ranger & Army operation immediately

Jay Jan 20, 2016 07:52pm

After the incident of PathanKot, Pakistani intelligence should have known that India will respond through it's proxies in Afghanistan. This is what they are doing in Afghanistan. India pays these terrorists sufficient money to attack Pakistan, whenever and where ever they want.

Sadaf Jan 20, 2016 07:58pm

@Raja Owais totally agree

Nasir Soomro Jan 20, 2016 08:07pm

Heart is bleeding.Its saddest news to hear,bloodbath of 2016.

anony Jan 20, 2016 08:15pm

In this time of sadness and sorrow for the young lives lost, I would like to give a BIG Thank You to our Armed forces, including the SSG commando's for their swift action and bravery.

Javed Arshad Jan 20, 2016 08:21pm

After the Pathankot incidence there is a new wave of terrorism involving the security personnel especially. That today's attack was unleashed by perpetrators with Indian connection cannot be ruled out in the wake of threats by the Indian ministers.

Javed Arshad Jan 20, 2016 08:25pm

Indian foot print cannot be ruled out in the wake of threats hurled by the Indian minister recently. I wonder if there will ever be a day when this region starts believing in "live and let live".

samina Jan 20, 2016 08:29pm

Why is the APS mastermind still at large and freely making claims for another tragedy?? why our security agencies have failed to track him down and dismantle his network???

Ahmed Jan 20, 2016 08:29pm

All the Top leaders and those who arranges gun for TTP be destroyed. Pakistan need to enter the TTP mind and organization; clean it from top to bottom. Seal borders with Afghanistan. Of course all the universities/schools, government offices, mosques should have trained men and weapons for protection. Every terrorist and their sympathizers dead or alive, their homes be destroyed, their females and children be relocated.

indian Jan 20, 2016 08:30pm

Worst part is we feel bad, feel sorry, shed few tears and accept it as part of life. May be few good people should get together and discuss it with these people and find political solution. At end of the day, powerful countries are not defined by land it holds but by peace, happiness of their people and infrastructure to support their citizens.
Britain occupied half the word but now it is a small country that is so advanced.
I do hope this is the last time we read this kind of news.

Paul Jan 20, 2016 08:54pm

Tragic , the terrorists are aiming at the future of Pakistan by attacking students and teachers. This has to end and quickly.

Malik Jan 20, 2016 08:56pm

@Javed Arshad How did you came to this judgement so quickly. Do you have an inner scoop? I just hate this jumping the conclusion and throwing the investigation which even has not started. This is a bad mind set for all of us.

ka Jan 20, 2016 09:01pm

Shameless and cowardly act - very bad

Uzair Jan 20, 2016 09:01pm

Questions should be asked to our security outfits... Why we never able to capture or kill the masterminds or leaders of such outfits... why they easily slipped into neighbors territory Why our forces never go to take the heads of such org down.....

Why they letting these terrorists slips into other parts of the country ...

ka Jan 20, 2016 09:01pm

Shameless and cowardly act -

Zidane Jan 20, 2016 09:03pm

it is enough, now Pak Army should do targeted operation in Afghanistan to completely cut off the roots of terrorists.

Zara Mistry Jan 20, 2016 09:06pm

We should ask Saudi / Kuwait / Qatar Governments to use their influence to stop Taliban/terrorist for this kind of act of coward massacres and terrorism . NAP should be reviewed immediately and details of NAP should make public. This is nothing but a complete failure of Intelligence and Law enforcement agencies. CM (KPK) / Federal Interior Minister Mr. Nisar should resign immediately for their negligence .

Ash, India Jan 20, 2016 09:07pm

heart breaking :-( , why they target kids and young ones, what message they want to deliver, how can they do this? my heart cries out for young ones who lost their lives and parents. For god sake please stop this insanity and madness !!!

agha pervaiz Jan 20, 2016 09:17pm

We need informants on the ground and drones above the cities. Military needs to have security advisers to survey the schools premises and make recommendations. Local people should have neighborhood watch and say something if they see something going on in their areas. No religion will approve attacks on innocent people. These people are not Muslims, their actions are indicating this!

sri Jan 20, 2016 09:18pm

My heart felt condolences. Education is all we have in India and Pakistan to rise against all handicaps (such as poverty, etc). Education is one thing we cannot allow a few hooligans to take away from the kids and youth. I hope these recent incidents against schools and colleges will create a "Pakistan Rising" moment.

Enogh is enough!

sri Jan 20, 2016 09:28pm

@Azam A Siddiqui - my condolences to the people of Pakistan.

I understand your position. But, is that not how we have the current situation. Private armies can lead to disastrous outcomes. Also, as a student I am not willing to become a guard just so that on that rare incident of an attack I can use a gun. Make the northwest region prosperous and brimming with opportunity. Pakistan Rising!

Abbas Naqvi Jan 20, 2016 09:46pm

The dark forces of terrorism have struck again spilling the blood of those seeking knowledge to enlighten the society. What a tragedy to witness our innocent students being cut in the prime of their lives at the evil hands of terrorism. It's a national loss. Terrorism is threatening global peace and security. Pakistan is already fighting terrorism, but we need to adopt new military strategies to counter it more effectively. Strong political will coupled with equally strong national resolve is required to inject the needed strength to our anti terror comparing. Security at our educational institutions should be increased by deploying special forces. Our intelligence bodies should also improve their performance to predict and prevent such attacks. We are a strong and committed nation to face any challenge let alone terrorism. Heartfelt condolence to the nation and families of the victims.Terrorists will be defeated and terrorism will be uprooted from Pakistan.

Khalid ( UK) Jan 20, 2016 10:27pm

These "murderous criminals" should pick a fight with "real men of the armed forces of Pakistan" at least they will "defend themselves" and give you a a "one way ticket" to the "next world" Killing defenseless innocent students" "isn't the way to prove any point to anyone"

Omar Jan 20, 2016 11:19pm

Time for the people of KPK to realize that these killers live amongst them. Rather than playing the blame game they need to unite and rid the area of such killers and their supporters. These cowards need to be eradicated and anyone who has any sympathies for them.

Saima Khan Jan 20, 2016 11:30pm

PTI Govt failed to provide security and peace.

Shakil USA Jan 20, 2016 11:43pm

@prakash - Very well said. Agreed.

Alsopso Jan 20, 2016 11:52pm

@ka cowardly and shameless act

Nauman Amjad Jan 21, 2016 12:26am

One solution to this all...Make firearms legal and facilitate people who want to acquire firearm licenses and establish a system to monitor issuance of licenses with complete NADRA records and punish and trace any firearm related offences.

If these terrorists knew that every one can defend themselves with weapons, They wont be able to achieve their objective of killing innocent people .Atleast such attacks will be reduced .

Obtaining firearms illegally is way easy then getting a licensed one and this only benefits terrorists in killing unarmed civillians.!!!

Subhan Jan 21, 2016 12:40am

One of the sad things is seeing the politicians trying to benefit from this tragedy by discrediting the efforts of governing parties.

Salim Jan 21, 2016 12:56am

Prayers from India. All the 4 countries (India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan should put aside all their difference and collectively fight this menace. Deeply saddened at the loss of lives. May God give courage to the family of the deceased. This madness has to stop

Sunil Sane Jan 21, 2016 01:33am

Feel so sad today and ashamed to be a human seeing these animals harming so many innocent lives.

Aussie Jan 21, 2016 05:38am

PM is in Switzerlan....CM is in London.. great effort by our politicians. hope they can settle

Sham Jan 21, 2016 06:24am

Terrible attack on innocent kids....my heart is shattered!! Condolences from NZ and India

justice Jan 21, 2016 07:04am

Price we are paying to liberate Afghanistan from Russia.

Sudhir Neyalasinger Jan 21, 2016 08:49am

This is terrible. They are targeting kids again. May the victims rest in peace.

Ahmed Jan 21, 2016 09:21am

Pakistan Army we look up to you for revenge .

Sudhir Neyalasinger Jan 21, 2016 11:14am

@Javed Arshad Indian ministers never issued threats to Pakistan. Their statements were aimed at terrorists targeting India. BTW, India is providing defence assistance to the Afghan government and not to the terrorists.

Kaly Jan 21, 2016 11:28am

@Ahmed USA - I have full sympathy with the people of Pakistan,

Surya Kant Jan 21, 2016 11:58am

When guns and weapons lands up in the hands of irresponsible, rowdy, semi-educated people, intellectuals are first to suffer....

sangram Jan 21, 2016 02:19pm

As as Indian we are with our Pakistani Brothers and Sister who are facing these heinous crime against humanism.We request to Pakistani government to take concrete measure to eradicate terrorism from Pakistan.There can be no discrimination between good and bad terrorism. All human blood are valuable whether it is Pakistani or Indian or any body of different country.

sarath Jan 21, 2016 03:01pm

the biggest enemy of india and pakistan is terrorism..with out each other co-ordination it can't be done..hope here after pak govt will take necessary steps against them.. RIP

raj Jan 21, 2016 05:12pm

@gaurav there is no good and bad terrorism. terrorism is anarchy and violence.

Ahmed USA Jan 21, 2016 10:10pm

@Kaly ... Hi Kaly... Thank you for your kindness and sympathy during our time of loss and grief… It gives us Pakistanis much comfort to know that you are thinking of us as we grieve irreparable loss of our innocent civilian’s precious lives…

Ahmed USA Jan 21, 2016 10:32pm

I just want to thanks Dawn and its staff especially the editor and moderator… for their tireless efforts in covering the events of national and international importance in a timely manner and demonstrating always an utmost level of professionalism… Best Regards…

Mustafa Jan 22, 2016 06:03pm

TTP commander has owned up the attack, and has promised future attacks as well. One has to go by his words. This means TTP is alive and kicking, and resurgent. So was the military operation successful, or just a hogwash for public consumption?