President Mahinda Rajapaksa condemned this morning’s Taliban terrorist attack on an Army School in Pakistan and said targeting of children was most cowardice.
“I’m horrified to learn of the Peshawar terrorist attack. Targeting children is most cowardice. Our thoughts and prayers are with Pakistan,” the President said in a Twitter message a short while ago.
According to the BBC, at least 126 people, mostly children, had been killed in the Taliban attack on the army-run school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar.
Meanwhile, the Sri Lanka External Affairs Ministry vehemently condemned the terrorist attack at a school in Peshawar.
Issuing a statement, the ministry said:
The Government of Sri Lanka vehemently condemns the terrorist attack today at a school in Peshawar killing over 125 persons including 84 innocent children and injuring more than 100 others. This dastardly attack reflects the brutality of the perpetrators particularly targeting school children. The brazen and inhumane manner in which this heinous attack was carried out at a seat of learning is particularly shocking.
Sri Lanka which has suffered immensely under the scourge of terrorism for almost three decades, share the pain and anguish of the people of Pakistan at this time of unspeakable grief. The Government and people of Sri Lanka extend heartfelt condolences to the families of the bereaved and offer prayers to find strength in coping with this tragedy and wish those injured a speedy recovery. The resilience of the Government and people of Pakistan would undoubtedly strengthen their resolve to annihilate terrorism in that country.
Consolidating global peace and security requires the firm commitment of the international community to interdict terrorist activities and intensify cooperation to combat terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. Sri Lanka reiterates its own strong commitment to this effort, and stands in solidarity with Pakistan’s fight against terrorism.