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Lok Sabha observes silence over Peshawar school attack

The Lok Sabha Wednesday observed a brief silence in memory of those who lost their lives in a Taliban attack on a school in Pakistan’s Peshawar city Tuesday.

As soon as the house assembled for the day, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan asked the members to observe silence and also condemned the attack. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was also present in the house.

The Pakistani Taliban killed 148 people, 132 of them children, in a terror attack Tuesday by heavily armed gunmen and suicide bombers on an army-run school in Peshawar city.

The Sydney cafe hostage crisis and the Peshawar school horror are a call to the world to stand up and counter terror together, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Wednesday.

Making a statement in the Lok Sabha over both the terrorist attacks, Swaraj said though both the incidents are seemingly “disparate” in nature, they are a call to join hands to “comprehensively and decisively defeat terrorism”.

The Pakistani Taliban slaughtered 141 people, 132 of them children, in a brazen terror attack on an army-run school in Pakistan’s Peshawar city Tuesday.

In Australia, a 16-hour hostage crisis ended early Tuesday after police stormed a cafe in the heart of Sydney where an Iran-born cleric had taken some 30 people, including two Indians, hostage.

Swaraj said: “The events of the last two days were on two different continents; in different hemispheres; on our two opposite flanks. While seemingly disparate, both are manifestations of the darkening shadow of terrorism”.

“Both these developments, taken together, are a clarion call for all those who believe in humanity to join hands to decisively and comprehensively defeat terrorism. On our part, India stands ready to play our role in this global endeavour,” she added.(IANS)

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