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A prayer for Peshawar

Vigils were held in Karachi, Islamabad and other major cities of the country for the children and teachers that were killed in Peshawar in a massacre carried out by Taliban militants.

A student in Karachi holding a rose takes part in a prayer for victims of the Taliban attack on Army Public School in Peshawar. – Reuters
A student in Karachi holding a rose takes part in a prayer for victims of the Taliban attack on Army Public School in Peshawar. – Reuters
Activists light candles. — AFP
Activists light candles. — AFP
Pakistani journalists and civil society members hold a candle light vigil. — AP
Pakistani journalists and civil society members hold a candle light vigil. — AP
Activists of a religious group's student wing hold a flower basket and candles. — AP
Activists of a religious group's student wing hold a flower basket and candles. — AP
A man lights candles to mourn victims from Army Public School in Peshawar. — Reuters
A man lights candles to mourn victims from Army Public School in Peshawar. — Reuters
Children pray for the departed school children in Peshawar. — AP
Children pray for the departed school children in Peshawar. — AP
Candle light vigil in Islamabad. — AP
Candle light vigil in Islamabad. — AP
PTI activists light candles for the victims in Karachi. — AFP
PTI activists light candles for the victims in Karachi. — AFP
Students in Karachi read the Holy Quran and pray for the victims. — AFP
Students in Karachi read the Holy Quran and pray for the victims. — AFP
People partake in a candle light vigil at Teen Talwar, Clifton, Karachi. — Ali Umair Jaffery
People partake in a candle light vigil at Teen Talwar, Clifton, Karachi. — Ali Umair Jaffery

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KK Dec 17, 2014 04:07pm

We feel your pain. We have been through this. This is your 26/11. #IndiaWithPakistan

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Som Dec 17, 2014 04:23pm

Its really heart wrenching. Look at these innocent children. One question every individual should ask irrespective of countries or religion. Have we made world a livable place for our children?

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AHA Dec 17, 2014 05:06pm

A rare show of unity. Admirable. Hope that the spirit of togetherness continues, because otherwise the sacrifice of of those beautiful and innocent lives will go in vain.

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shafiq chughtai Dec 17, 2014 06:28pm

My heart goes with you all.No Words.Just TEARS.

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Mili Dec 17, 2014 07:20pm

In your pain we cry Pakistan!

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Aakash Dec 17, 2014 08:19pm

May God Bless These Innocent Children a Heavenly Comfort.

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Siachen Dec 17, 2014 10:15pm

I am having the same which i had after 26/11 attack in mumbai. I don't want anybody else to go through that..I am a dad and can feel the pain of this enormous loss..:(

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mithun anand Dec 17, 2014 10:18pm

Not with tears but with a heart full of anger I as one of your well wisher from India demand capital punishment and elimination of these filthy elements from every corner of the entire world .They can not be of anyone's. Let us fight them unitedly and erase them from earth .I am a father of a little girl and I have no word of consolation for the families who have lost their children. ENOUGH OF IT ! PALVARISE THEM FROM THE EARTH !! Dawn request you to publish this honest wish of a humble father from across the border

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Bahadur Dec 17, 2014 11:45pm

I just hope Pakistan government punishes involved and get rid of terrorism.

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Rev. Eldrick Lal Dec 18, 2014 01:36am

The grief and pain is enormous. This morning we prayed in our church for the bereaved families who lost their beloved ones. Its an irreparable loss for the entire nation of Pakistan. May God Almighty wipe the tears of those who lost their innocent children and gives them complete emotional and mental healing.

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Hrushi NYC Dec 18, 2014 01:43am

How could terrorists find it in them to attack innocents, no one could have seen children as someone threatning them, what moral acrobatics would they have to perform to justify this, especially when allegedly fighting for religion and a way of life unlike some Mafia or Drug cartel. I couldn't fathom when it happened in India on 26/11 nor now in Pakistan. Atleast I see the usual trolling on both sides calm down a little bit and a real human is emerging from the facade of the trolls who ply these places.

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paki Dec 18, 2014 04:48am

I wish and pray history never repeat this unjust event never again. May Allah give calmness and patient to all the victims families and may Allah make their lives easy and bless them with beautiful substitute and may Allah give all of us a proper understanding of Islam Ameen and May Allah blessed us with Peace and Tranquility Ameen. I couldn't get over it. Its tooo grieve

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Madan Dec 18, 2014 06:34am

This kind of pain is felt all over the world.

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Dallas Dec 18, 2014 09:06am

Prayers are not needed for Martyr children, But Prayers are needed for ourselves. We are going to be answerable for these loses.

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js Dec 18, 2014 09:25am

How long we will close our eye to reality? How long we will glorify those who kills innocent people in the name of Almighty? This time the number is 135. Next time it will be 13500. It is the time now to awake and say no to violence. Nothing can be achieved through violence. The world fought two world wars. But did it wipe hunger and illiteracy from the earth? If it touches your heart please tell your friends to shun violence in any form. If we want to see us in peace and prosperity we have to help others to be peace and prosperity.

Nations come and go but the the above truth shall remains sacrosanct for ever.

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sheikh taha Dec 18, 2014 10:43am

@mithun anand thanks for supporting us in this moment

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Ajay Kalhan Dec 18, 2014 12:01pm

My deepest sympathies for the families. I pray to all our prophets and all our gods that they provide succor to the families. The people and institutions of Pakistan must rise and stamp out this inhumanity.

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bauke Dec 18, 2014 06:28pm

@Dallas No prayers, but action.

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Payal Dec 19, 2014 10:51am

There are tears in the eyes of everyone I see around here in India. And the helplessness that we can't do anything except post messages. India is with you in this day of grief. Lets unite and wipe these terrorists off.

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ajith c j Dec 21, 2014 04:52pm

NO WORDS ......

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ajith c j Dec 21, 2014 04:52pm

NO WORDS ....... GOD BLESS THE CHILDREN

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Dr.Cajetan Coelho Dec 23, 2014 04:22pm

Life is a precious gift. We need to keep on respecting life come what may.

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