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January 23, 2019

Pakistani American Community Shocked Over Schoolchildren Massacre

 

BURKE, Virginia — Mr. M. Siddique Sheikh, Chairman of the Pakistan American Business Association, has strongly condemned the brutal attack on a school in the northwestern city of Peshawar that claimed lives of innocent schoolchildren.

“These people are not human, they are not even animals as even animals have feelings,” Mr. Sheikh said in a statement on the Dec. 16 attack that killed nearly 150, vastly children and left dozens other wounded. “Those who committed this savagery are simply stones, heartless creatures.”

In one of the worst terrorist attacks in Pakistan’s history, seven militants disguised as army men stormed the school in the morning and opened fire on children in classes and a hall. All the attackers were dead after eight hours, some killed by security forces, others blew themselves up.

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and army chief General Raheel Sharif have vowed to destroy militants after the massacre that has united the entire nation.

Mr. Sheikh especially appealed to Pakistani doctors and psychiatrists in the United States and all other medical personnel to travel to Pakistan to help children traumatized by this unspeakable tragedy. He expressed the hope that the Pakistan Embassy in the U. S. would be able to reach out and facilitate such volunteers. He also thanked President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry for sharing the grief and showing commitment to help Pakistan combat terrorism and extremism.

Mr. Sheikh also said that the Pakistani American community stood by the Pakistan government in these trying times of need and would do whatever it can to help the aggrieved families.  He also offered prayers for the eternal peace of the departed souls

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