HPC calls for joint efforts to banish terror
KABUL (Pajhwok): Condemning a recent school attack in Peshawar, the High Peace Council (HPC) on Saturday urged Pakistan and Afghanistan to take joint step to battle terrorism and the killings of innocent people.
Last week, Taliban militants massacred 141 people, including 132 schoolchildren, during an 8-hour siege of an army-run school in Peshawar. Nearly 250 people were wounded in Tuesday’s assault.
In a statement, the HPC said insurgents had opened a new chapter of barbarity by killing civilians in Pakistan and Afghanistan. It stressed the need for an immediate halt to the trail of death and destruction.
The attack on a volleyball match in the Yahyakhel district of Paktika, the killing of students at Istiqlal School in Kabul and the subsequent massacre in Peshawar spoke volumes for Taliban’s barbarity, the council added.
The HPC condemned the gruesome Peshawar attack and offered deepest condolences to the bereaved families. “Fighting is not in the interest of anyone. Only peace can bring prosperity to the war-weary people of both countries,”
Pakistan and Afghanistan, it said should join hands at this critical time to banish the scourge of terrorism once and for all from the region, the statement concluded.
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