British PM condemns massacre in Pakistan’s Peshawar
KONFRONTASI-British Prime Minister David Cameron has condemned a pro-Taliban-led massacre in Pakistan’s north western city of Peshawar.
David Cameron described the incident as “a dark day for humanity”. He slammed those who carry out act of terrorism in the name of Islam, saying extremism has nothing to do with Islam.
“The scale of what has happened in Pakistan simply defies belief. It is a dark, dark day for humanity when something on this scale happens with no justification. There is not a belief system in the world that can justify such an act. It is nothing to do with one of the world's great religions - Islam, which is a religion of peace. This is a perversion", said David Cameron.
On Tuesday, a group of gunmen reportedly dressed in military uniforms, stormed the Army Public School in Peshawar, walking from classroom to classroom and shooting at students. The hostage crisis and attack on the military-run facility left over 140 people, most of them children, dead.
Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, a pro-Taliban militant group, claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was carried out in retaliation for a major military offensive in Pakistan’s tribal belt.
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif called the school assault a cowardly act and vowed that the military will continue an aggressive operation launched in June in the North Waziristan tribal area to rout militants.