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Indian schools, lawmakers observe silence over Peshawar massacre

Updated Dec 17, 2014 02:55pm
Indian schoolchildren observe a two-minute silence for victims killed in a Taliban attack on a military-run school in Peshawar, in New Delhi, Dec 17, 2014. – AP
Indian schoolchildren observe a two-minute silence for victims killed in a Taliban attack on a military-run school in Peshawar, in New Delhi, Dec 17, 2014. – AP
A screengrab from India's parliament. - DawnNews
A screengrab from India's parliament. - DawnNews

NEW DELHI: Indian lawmakers and schools observed a two-minute silence over the massacre in Peshawar that claimed 141 lives on Tuesday, DawnNews relayed footage from Indian news televisions as showing.

Apart from the two-minute silence, the schools also held special prayers to commemorate the victims of the attack.

The show of solidarity comes as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached out to Pakistan in a telephone conversation last night with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Also read: #IndiaWithPakistan: Indians express solidarity after Peshawar school attack

India's NDTV said Modi had appealed to all Indian schools to hold a two-minute silence as a mark of solidarity with the victims in Peshawar.

The Indian premier joined parliamentarians today as they held the special prayers for the victims of Tuesday’s attack.

Modi said he strongly condemned the "cowardly” attack by Taliban militants on the school and branded it “a senseless act of unspeakable brutality”. He added that India shared Pakistan's pain.

“Strongly condemn the cowardly terrorist attack at a school in Peshawar,” Modi had stated in a tweet on Tuesday.