Peshawar: Terming today's terror attack on an army-run school here as an "act of cowardice", Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said the horrific incident will not stop his government from carrying out military operations against Taliban.
"Operation Zarb-e-azab will continue until terrorism is completely wiped out from the country. We have had talks with Afghanistan about jointly fighting the menace of terrorism," Sharif who rushed to Peshawar, the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, said.
Sharif said such incidents will not deter the determination of the goverment's efforts to defeat terrorism.
"There should be no confusion regarding our "resolve" to defeat the terrorism. Incidents like these will not weaken ourresolve. It's a sheer act of cowardice. The country should unite to combat terrorism. There should be no "differences" among the people. The people should prove their unity and there should be no doubt about that," he said.
Sharif said the fight against terrorism had entered a crucial stage and people should pray and support for the success these operations.
"Our fight (against terrorism) has entered a decisive phase and the Zarb-e-azab has been a great success so far. We have gained a lot of ground and whatever little is there for us to achieve, it will also be achieved with great success. People should pray and support these operations," Sharif said.
At least 160 people, mostly students, were killed today in one of the most gruesome attacks in recent years against children anywhere in the world in Pakistan's volatile Peshawar city when heavily-armed Arabic speaking Taliban suicide attackers entered Army Public School on Warsak Road and shot indiscriminately before blowing themselves up.
Meanwhile, Pakistan Foreign Office has strongly condemned today's attack saying such cold blooded cowardly acts cannot weaken the resolve of the people of Pakistan, the Government, and the armed forces, to combat all terrorists.
"These terrorists are enemies of Pakistan, enemies of Islam and enemies of humanity. The Pakistani nation stands united in condemning this heinous crime and remains resolute in its commitment to eliminate terrorism from the soil of Pakistan," a Foreign Office statement said.