WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State John Kerry, while condemning the terrorist attack on Army Public School in Peshawar on Tuesday, said the killing of innocent schoolchildren had angered and shaken all people of conscience.
“Wherever you live, wherever you are, those are our children, and this is the world’s loss. This act of terror angers and shakes all people of conscience, and we condemn it in the strongest terms possible,” Kerry said in London, according to a transcript of the remarks released by the State Department.
“The perpetrators must be brought to justice. And we pledge our full support to the people of Pakistan in this difficult hour and we will help them in any way that we possibly can,” the American diplomat added.
John Kerry termed the news of the brazen murder of innocent students in Peshawar “devastating”.
“And as a father, I know exactly how hard it is when you send kids out of house into the world, to school or anywhere, and particularly in today’s world. Mothers and fathers send their kids to school to learn and to be safe and to dream and to find opportunity. And particularly at this military school in Pakistan, they sent their kids there with the hope and dreams of serving their country —- And Prime Minister (Nawaz) Sharif said, “These are my children. It is my loss.”
Kerry said he was confident that the Pakistanis were tough, strong and determined in their struggle.
Meanwhile, Chairman Senate Foreign Relations Committee Robert Menendez, a Democrat from New Jersey, condemned in the strongest and most forceful of terms Tuesday’s attack targeting innocent children.
“Pakistan is grieving today and we in the United States mourn alongside the families who have lost their loved ones at the Army Public School in Peshawar.”
“We in the United States support the Pakistani government in their fight against extremism, and we stand with the people of Pakistan during this dark hour.”
The Global Partnership for Education also deplored the appalling attack in Peshawar, expressing shock at “violent death of so many innocent children, teachers and other employees of the school. Our thoughts are with all the families and loved ones.”
“The Global Partnership for Education will continue to support the Government of Pakistan to improve school access and ensure learning for all Pakistani children.”