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Peshawar school attack: Sharif vows to rid Pakistan of terrorism, says sacrifice of children won't be in vain

Dec 17, 2014 02:52 PM IST India India

Peshawar: A day after the horrendous attack on a school in Peshawar in which 151 Pakistanis, most of them children were killed, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday said that they are united in the fight against terror.

Sharif vowed to rid Pakistan and the entire region of terrorism. "All parties in Pakistan are united in fighting terrorism," he said.

Stunned by the carnage, Sharif announced lifting of the ban on the death penalty in terror related cases.

"We should not let the sacrifice of our children go in waste. Talks with Taliban have yielded no results," the Prime Minister said.

Lamenting the attack, Sharif called it the most gruesome till date. "My condolences for the children and people who died in Tuesday's attack. Till date, the Peshawar school attack is the most gruesome. My prayers for the Army jawans who died in the tragedy," he said.

Sharif on Wednesday held an all-party meeting to chalk out the plan to eliminate terrorism in Pakistan.

The national flag was flying at half-mast in the country on Wednesday due to three days of mourning announced by Sharif. People around Pakistan lit candles and staged vigils as parents buried their children during mass funerals in and around Peshawar.

At least 151 Pakistanis, most of them children, were killed in the broad daylight attack on the military-run school on Tuesday, an assault lauded by Taliban insurgents as revenge for the killings of their own relatives by the Pakistani army.

Gunfire, smoke and dead bodies were strewn across the school's halls and corridors, with crazed militants rushing from room to room shooting randomly at pupils and adults on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the focus also remained on Army Chief Raheel Sharif's visit to Afghanistan where the two sides who have had strained relationship after decades of mistrust, were due to discuss how to crack down together on terrorists hiding on their common border.

Pakistanis may be used to almost daily terror attacks against the security forces but an outright assault on children stunned the country, prompting commentators to call for a tough military response.