Vidisha (Madhya Pradesh), Dec 16: Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi on Tuesday termed the perpetrators of the terrorist attack on a school in Pakistan as ‘enemies of Allah’, calling the act itself a ‘heinous crime’.
“The terrorists who have committed this heinous crime are the enemies of humanity. They are the enemies of Allah, they are the enemies of society and they are the enemies of Islam. I pray that somewhere in their hearts, their conscience awakens,” Satyarthi said at a public meeting here.
“I pray that God gives the families of the victims the courage and fortitude to bear their irreparable loss,” he added.
The winner of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize was reacting to the ongoing attack on Peshawar’s Army Public School by the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), which has reportedly led to the death of 130 people, including at least 100 students.
Satyarthi further stated that he would gladly forsake his own life if it meant sparing the lives of the innocent students. “I would rather they capture or kill me than kill innocent children,” he said.
According to reports, around 10 terrorists have stormed the Peshawar school the school dressed as Frontier Corps’ officers and two to three militants have been killed after scaling its walls. One of the militants reportedly blew himself up, while another terrorist is believed to have over 50 captives in his custody.
A strong contingent of police and security forces reached the spot and blocked the area as the operation took place. The police have also reportedly surrounded the school perimeter.
Meanwhile, TTP spokesman Muhammad Khorasani has said that the attackers were instructed to target the older students but not the younger ones.