Today, Pakistan suffered one of the bloodiest attacks the country has faced in years. Taliban gunmen entered a military-run school in Peshwar, killing a total of 141 people, 132 innocent children and 9 staff.
The gunmen, who dressed in military uniform and suicide vests, entered the school and began to open fire at students. Pakistani police have said that all seven gunmen involved have been killed.
President Obama has released a statement saying,
"The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms today’s horrific attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar, Pakistan. Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims, their families and loved ones. By targeting students and teachers in this heinous attack, terrorists have once again shown their depravity."
"We stand with the people of Pakistan, and reiterate the commitment of the United States to support the government of Pakistan in its efforts to combat terrorism and extremism and to promote peace and stability in the region."
In this dark time, India has showed its compassion and condolences via social media, following in the footsteps of #illridewithyou, using #IndiawithPakistan on Twitter in support. Tehseen Poonawalla, an Indian columnist started the hashtag tweeting this to his followers.
It is inspiring to see that despite the tension between the two countries, each can support the other in times of terrible tragedy. There is never a justification or excuse for violence, especially when children are involved. Our thoughts go out to the families of the victims, and we hope that there are greater strides made for lasting peace in Pakistan, and around the world.
c/o: BBC World News Asia