This article was originally published in December 2014.


PESHAWAR: Taliban militants entered an army-run school on Warsak road early morning Tuesday, taking students and teachers hostage. Shah Farman, the KP Minister of Information says there are approximately 80-100 unconfirmed dead.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif described the attack as a “national tragedy unleashed by savages”. “These were my children. This is my loss. This is the nation's loss,” he said.

Army personnel shifting the school children on motorbike following the TTP attack on Army Public School situated on Warsak Road. — INP
Army personnel shifting the school children on motorbike following the TTP attack on Army Public School situated on Warsak Road. — INP
A soldier escorts schoolchildren after they were rescued from the Army Public School that is under attack by Taliban gunmen in Peshawar. — Reuters
A soldier escorts schoolchildren after they were rescued from the Army Public School that is under attack by Taliban gunmen in Peshawar. — Reuters
A student cries on a man's shoulder, after he was rescued from the Army Public School.— Reuters
A student cries on a man's shoulder, after he was rescued from the Army Public School.— Reuters
A Pakistani soldier takes up a position above a road near a military run school that is under attack by Taliban gunmen in Peshawar.— Reuters
A Pakistani soldier takes up a position above a road near a military run school that is under attack by Taliban gunmen in Peshawar.— Reuters
A rescue worker waves to make way for an ambulance as it speeded away form a school that was attacked by Taliban gunmen.— Reuters
A rescue worker waves to make way for an ambulance as it speeded away form a school that was attacked by Taliban gunmen.— Reuters
Pakistani security forces takes up a positions on a road leading to the Army Public School that is under attack. — Reuters
Pakistani security forces takes up a positions on a road leading to the Army Public School that is under attack. — Reuters
Pakistani security forces takes up positions on a road leading to the Army Public School. — Reuters
Pakistani security forces takes up positions on a road leading to the Army Public School. — Reuters
Pakistani security forces drive on a road leading to the Army Public School. — Reuters
Pakistani security forces drive on a road leading to the Army Public School. — Reuters
A soldier escorts schoolchildren after they were rescued from the Army Public School. — Reuters
A soldier escorts schoolchildren after they were rescued from the Army Public School. — Reuters
A man talks on a phone, with his arm around a student.— Reuters
A man talks on a phone, with his arm around a student.— Reuters
Pakistani volunteers carry a student injured in the shootout. — AP
Pakistani volunteers carry a student injured in the shootout. — AP
Hospital staff transport an injured student. — AP
Hospital staff transport an injured student. — AP
A Pakistani woman weeps as she waits at a hospital, where victims of a Taliban attack are being treated in Peshawar. — AP
A Pakistani woman weeps as she waits at a hospital, where victims of a Taliban attack are being treated in Peshawar. — AP
A man carries a student, who was injured during the attack. — Reuters
A man carries a student, who was injured during the attack. — Reuters
Rescue workers and family members carry the coffin of a student, who was killed during the attack. — Reuters
Rescue workers and family members carry the coffin of a student, who was killed during the attack. — Reuters

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kannan
Dec 16, 2014 04:28pm
my god.... what did these innocent children do. why this horror. are you all human being or animals
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Tejaswi
Dec 16, 2014 05:13pm
I mean..I dont know, how to handle this. I am seeing the same thing again and again. Its a huge shame on us if we cannot get rid of this menace.
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Reader
Dec 16, 2014 05:14pm
So painful to see these images...i wish i would've joined the PAKArmy when got chance to eliminate these savages from face of earth.
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Remesh.K
Dec 16, 2014 05:18pm
No words to say ... this is truly uncivilized... my dear sisters and brothers, please, please, please unit and fight against them. A Human being from India
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ziavrep labqi
Dec 16, 2014 05:19pm
Will the savages be ever punished enough?
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Sunil
Dec 16, 2014 06:01pm
The whole world is in shock and despair. Words will not heal the grief and sorrow of the anguish parents, who lost their dear children.
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Ashar
Dec 16, 2014 06:05pm
@ziavrep labqi They are being hunted through the military operation so your question does not make sense.
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Usman Ghani Khan
Dec 16, 2014 06:59pm
killing of any human being is not teaching of Islam. Terrorist has to understand they have no space in the country until they surrender. Any cowardly attempt by them will be handled forcefully. My thoughts and prayers are go out with the families of children. Govt should adopt all possible measures to uproot evil mindset from society. Pakistan Zaindabad
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yadav
Dec 16, 2014 07:01pm
Army should go behind these terrorist with clean sweep now. Killer of these children should be brought to books and hanged publicly.
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ashok
Dec 16, 2014 07:21pm
Very sad and heart wrenching scenes. Condolences to the families of the dead and may the injured recover soon and the school reopen asap.
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Ramesh Krishnan
Dec 16, 2014 08:06pm
Hey Pakistan We Indians are with you on this..May god give you people strength to overcome this...Lets give a last kiss to those poor children..
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BK
Dec 16, 2014 08:14pm
After each major incidents, we comfortably forget it after some time, and not taking any concrete steps to eliminate root cause of the incident. We have to value all human lives valuable and to condemn. May almighty give strength to all affected peoples.
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Guest
Dec 16, 2014 08:54pm
Fitting reply would be to continue going to school, and making the place more enlightened with knowledge and kindness, turning away from the dark savagery these militants want to establish.
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Arun Kumbhat
Dec 16, 2014 09:21pm
We are as much in mourning as you are ! Ab is zamane mein yehi saboot reh gaya hai zinda hone ka, ki bachchon ke janaze pe aansoo bahayein..
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Imran
Dec 16, 2014 10:13pm
Oooo God! how these beasts slaughter the future of my country. My heart weeping and my soul shaking.
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rudraiah rajasekhar
Dec 16, 2014 10:37pm
Whole world mourns the loss of innocent victims. This carnage has shown the world what a cowardly savages this jihadist are and should be totally condemned and brought to justice. The Whole world is mourning with Pakistan and stand with it in eliminating this brutality.
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Usman Chaudhri
Dec 17, 2014 12:24am
This is seriously such a sad day. In moments like these we need to stand against those who committed this heinous crime i say this is not a moment for loosing hope but really get stronger and more committed that we need to irradiate this mess from our country. My heart felt condolences to the families who have lost the one thing the love the most.
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Madan
Dec 17, 2014 12:54am
Merciless killing of young children is heart wrenching.My sympathies go to the affected families.May God grant rest to the souls of the departed children.I pray that the injured are recovered fully.
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Kaleem ullah
Dec 17, 2014 01:09am
Thease r state actors r non state actors It DOES not matter . Our vigilant army Just does go ahead with commitment to perish them.
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yogi
Dec 17, 2014 01:18am
Its disturbing to see in comments, emotional people comparing terrorrists to animals. Animals are far better than us.
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sudkan
Dec 17, 2014 01:30am
Look at those innocent faces of the children in the pics. How, how, can anyone kill them, that too in the face? Did they not look into those innocent eyes? What kind of ideology permits this?
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Ove Jensen
Dec 17, 2014 01:33am
O God, we pray for those Children who have been murdered in Pakistan. We commit to your loving care those who have died, beseeching you to receive their souls into the mercy of your love. Comfort their loved ones who mourn. Enable them to meet the lonely and painful days ahead in the strength of your love. Let the love that you have made known to us lead us to create safer streets for all to walk upon. Amen.
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SURJEET SINGH
Dec 17, 2014 02:21am
I just can't hold back my tears. What did these poor children do to be slaughtered like lambs and sheep. Who are these savage killers and who is indoctrinating them to do these beastly acts. I grieve and pray for their families in their darkest hour.
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Babur
Dec 17, 2014 02:32am
Broken!, I cry for these children. The message to us is "The terrorists have come and killed our children". This is it. Now or never. The terrorist hate us so much that they want to eliminate our future. It is us against them. No excuses!! Let us fight, it is no more the struggle for a country, ideology, or religious belief.
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Wasif Khan
Dec 17, 2014 06:17am
Please use martyred instead of killed... They are our heros who offer there lives for education. INALILAH WA INA ILIY HI RAJIOUN...
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CHANAKYA
Dec 17, 2014 06:36am
So sad ,so tragic .Our hearts go to the relatives and parents of those who have lost their lives and pray to God to give them strength to suffer the loss.
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Asma
Dec 17, 2014 07:57am
@Arun Kumbhat ,thanks for being kind.Thanks for being a human.
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Chanakya
Dec 17, 2014 08:16am
My mind is numb, my heart is bleeding.I don't know what to say. The total humanity is failed. Innocent children? It's world tragedy.I'm mourning with the parents.
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Desi
Dec 17, 2014 08:41am
What a tragedy, both perpectuators and victims belong to the same faith. Sad state of affairs where they are remotely controlled by arbis.
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Farooq Malik
Dec 17, 2014 09:12am
Words cannot express the sorrow we are all going through. Beasts, savages, wild animals, they are all perhaps better if compared to this incident. Who in the world would slaughter such adorable children. Enough is enough. We need to take this war back on to them and they should not find a place to hide. I plead to this nation to not forget this grisly act of horror. Forget the differences, political or religious and lets unite like a rock against these barbarians. Shame and curse would be on us if we cannot even protect our own children.
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Yawar
Dec 17, 2014 09:26am
100 percent of the blame lies with Fazlullah and his followers for this tragic tragic event. Whoever tries to point his finger elsewhere, and there are many appearing on TV, is either a TTP supporter, engaged in political point scoring, or scared to accept the truth. Thank you Amir Liaquat for being one of the few to speak out the truth.
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Imran Malik
Dec 17, 2014 09:44am
Now it is time. Enough is enough. The state should clamp down hard on all supporter of Taliban. All Jihadi organizations should be crushed. These are snakes that should be now dealt with the full force of the law. There are no good or bad terrorists. All of them are bad. This is our war. It is our children being slaughtered.
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Saifur Rahman
Dec 17, 2014 09:49am
Today we are all Pakistanis. Just to let our Pakistani friends know that schools in Canada will lower the flag at half mast on 19 December, the last day before Christmas vacation.
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SKB
Dec 17, 2014 10:28am
I shudder at the thought of how the mothers who lost their precious ones must be feeling right now. In just hours their life has turned for the worst. The purpose of their life, the plannings for their children became meaningless. Little children who brought happiness to their families are gone. From where will they draw the strength to come up with this.
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Jaideep Adhvaryu
Dec 17, 2014 12:37pm
Heart felt condolences! Posting a poem than an Indian has published on an Indian forum on FB. In the comfort of my warm home snug in a quilt i ponder and think of the mothers who in the morning each had dressed her child, ironing the school uniform and packing the tiffins with love and life , Telling him to wear an extra layer as it was cold outside. As a mother somewhere had tied ribbons on her daughter's pigtails and kissed the face bright. Hundreds of mothers now shriek with agony in my neighbourhood for their children who today died Their bodies charred with guns which were long laden with bullets of hatred and strife Today humanity lost and barbarism won and innocent lives paid the price The world howls and shrieks in shock and disbelief and lets out a collective cry of plight A mother clutches to her son's school bag and lets out a deafening cry A father looks towards the door in wait of the child who was his pride And though numb with pain I do nothing I just sit watching the TV uptight Then I silently get up and go to my children's warm rooms and hug them tight ! . . . Every Indian will remember in his or her prayers all the Pakistani children who lost their innocent lives.......
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tankNZ
Dec 17, 2014 01:53pm
This is so awful :(
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Peter
Dec 17, 2014 02:07pm
I want to share the sorrow with you mothers and fathers who have lost their beloved sons and daughters. I want to cry with you. I can feel your pain.
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Tahir Saeed
Dec 17, 2014 02:22pm
It is the saddest day in the human history that so many innocent children murdered by their own people for the sake of nothing. My prays and thoughts are with all the families and friends whose loveone lost their lives in this horrific incident. May Allah give the courage and strength to all the parents, brothers, sisters and friends whose love-one lost their lives.
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Bipin Domy
Dec 17, 2014 02:29pm
Being a father, I see my child in each of them and can't help but cry. Feeling extreme pain for you, dears. May god be with you.
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Prasanna
Dec 17, 2014 02:49pm
Consequences of terrorist activities is same.. that faced by an Hindu or a Muslim or a christian or any other faith....ultimately this results in broken homes.... history has shown that terrorism cannot be selectively controlled.... all of humanity should rise above it to eradicate it from the face of earth....
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dr breshna
Dec 17, 2014 03:00pm
this is what we pakistanis are,,,being crushed,,,innocent kids,,,nobdy can imagine the situation here,,,every gal every women every ,man is thinking if thr own kid has ben killed,,,sorrows and greif ,,,thnk u all for th condolnce,specialy indian guys,,see this is a time to save humanity,,this is not about islam ,cristianity,hinduism,,this is about us the humans,,gets unite to fight against,,nothing worst can b possible thn this ;( ;-(
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dr breshna
Dec 17, 2014 03:02pm
@Jaideep Adhvaryu thts what wee need to get unit,,,realy every one here is doing the same ,,huging thr kids .. ;-(
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Abdul-Jalil Lone
Dec 17, 2014 03:16pm
@ziavrep labqi My dear, They will definately be punished- even if we can not give them the punishment they deserve, they will get a proper punishment in the court of Allah. Indeed Allah is most Just.
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Rahul Bhan
Dec 17, 2014 03:23pm
Just a question. How does one differentiate between a security personnel and a terrorist if they dress the same way.... see the sixth picture from top.
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Ravi
Dec 17, 2014 08:31pm
This is sad event. Whole India people have condemned this barbaric episode of inhumanity. This is act of sick mind. Men of god will never do such act. We pray for the soul of those innocent cute kids and may god do justice to these selfish sick minded people. #IndiaWithPakistan ! I hope the souls of these kids will help to unite India and Pakistan to walk together to peace and help each other for growth of people. Love you brothers and sisters of Pakistan. May there be peace. Kudos to Pak Army who fought for good !
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Parveen
Dec 17, 2014 10:08pm
@Jaideep Adhvaryu My friend directed me here. I am actually the writer of this poem :) Thanks for sharing it
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Nadeem
Dec 18, 2014 12:15am
@Rahul Bhan valid point, but I guess this is an off duty person who might have been called to report for duty in an emergency.
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sherry kums
Dec 18, 2014 05:23am
@kannan kannan do not insult good beautiful animals to these religoious fanatics-they are the scum of the earth.
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Tanveer
Dec 18, 2014 10:32am
Time to wake up .. We must not only cry but to take some serious measures .. May God bless all of them
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anil mukherji
Dec 18, 2014 08:39pm
so beautiful and innocent children, who can think of killing them for revenge ?
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Uzma
Dec 18, 2014 10:26pm
My heart is bleeding and eyes are full of tears. May Allah heal the pain we are suffering and give patience to parents of dead and injured children.
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Ladybug
Dec 19, 2014 06:57am
Unless the entire Muslim world raises up against the Terrorists, extremists and radicals that are using their religion to commit henious crimes, nothing will change in this world. ISIS, Taliban are just 2 of the 100s of such groups active ...and unfortunately most are groups formed in the name of Islam.
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Dija
Dec 19, 2014 12:35pm
@kannan even animals wont do such a thing!!!!
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Parveen
Dec 19, 2014 05:50pm
@Jaideep Adhvaryu This poem was written by me on my face book page and shared by many from there
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zohaib
Dec 20, 2014 07:03pm
@Uzma so sad
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zohaib
Dec 20, 2014 07:03pm
so sad
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