Another December 16, another black day

Another December 16, another black day
A soldier escorts schoolchildren from the Army Public School that is under attack by Taliban gunmen in Peshawar, December 16, 2014. Taliban gunmen in Pakistan took hundreds of students and teachers hostage on Tuesday in a school in the northwestern city of Peshawar, military officials said.

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.

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

Author Bina Shah has implored political stakeholders to keep score-settling at a distance.

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