Over 100, including 84 children, were killed when terrorists took hundreds of students and teachers hostage on Tuesday in the Army Public School in the city of Peshawar. The attack was claimed by the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).
This deadly and tragic incident has once again raised questions on the state of security and maintenance of law and order in the country.
Attacking Army Public School is believed to be a reaction to the army's ongoing Operation Zarb-i-Azb in the country's tribal areas which is aimed at wiping out terrorists and their sanctuaries.
Here's how politicians and journalists reacted to the attack:
Questions over security and state of law enforcement
Although Operation Zarb-i-Azb is under way to rid the country of terrorists, the latest attack raises questions on the state of preparedness of law enforcement agencies to deal with what is being regarded as a blowback from the ongoing offensive in North Waziristan.
Senior journalist Talat Hussain lamented the security situation, saying terrorists appear to have no difficulties in attacking anyone, anywhere.
Pakistan's internal situation has been made so precarious that terrorists don't have to plan anything. They can just pick a target, anywhere— Syed Talat Hussain (@TalatHussain12) December 16, 2014
I wish people who matter would have taken this menace and #Peshawar seriously.....— Faisal Subzwari (@faisalsubzwari) December 16, 2014
I m failing to find right adjective to describe Peshawar tragedy. As a nation its shameful for us all. Snakes eat their young. We no better?— Farrukh K. Pitafi (@FarrukhKPitafi) December 16, 2014
Appeals for unity
Calls are being made not to use the tragedy for politicking and that it was time for everyone to stand together and put aside differences.
Pakistan's national slogan and mission should be the shutting down of Taleban, not the cities and schools of our children
— Murtaza Ali Shah (@MurtazaGeoNews) December 16, 2014
Peshawer attack is reminder that fight with Taliban is not over. Stop petty infighting & get united against real enemy. No more good Taliban— Amir Mateen (@AmirMateen2) December 16, 2014
Author Bina Shah has implored political stakeholders to keep score-settling at a distance.
Please don't use the Taliban school attack to make political points right now. Children & teachers in danger. Pray, send positive thoughts.— Bina Shah (@BinaShah) December 16, 2014
High time that we develop a national consensus that ALL - I repeat ALL - militant organisations need to be finished off from Pakistan's soil— Marvi Sirmed (@marvisirmed) December 16, 2014