Modi speaks to Sharif, says Peshawar incident an assault on entire humanity

New Delhi: Sharing Pakistan’s pain in the wake of the “dastardly” terror attack in a Peshawar school, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday night spoke to his Pakistan counterpart Nawaz Sharif on phone offering “deepest condolences and all assistance” in the hour of grief.

As a mark of solidarity with Pakistan, Modi appealed to all schools in India to observe 2 minutes of silence tomorrow for the “senseless act of unspeakable brutality” in Peshawar, where terrorists attacked a school and 141 massacred people, almost all of them children, terming the incident as an “assault against the entire humanity”.

Modi told Sharif that “this terrible tragedy has shaken the conscience of the world” and “that this moment of shared pain and mourning is also a call for our two countries and all those who believe in humanity to join hands to decisively and comprehensively defeat terrorism so that the children in Pakistan, India and elsewhere do not have to face a future darkened by the lengthening shadow of terrorism.”

Breaking the news of his telephonic conversation with Sharif, Modi tweeted “Spoke to PM Nawaz Sharif over the telephone. Offered my deepest condolences on the dastardly terror attack in Peshawar.”

Asserting that India stands firmly with Pakistan in fight against terror, he wrote on the microblogging site, “Told PM Sharif we are ready to provide all assistance during this hour of grief.”

“In the wake of dastardly attack in Pakistan, I appeal to schools across India to observe 2 mins of silence tomorrow as a mark of solidarity”, Modi said in another tweet.

In a statement, External Affairs Ministry spokesman Syed Akabruddin said PM Modi spoke to Sharif late in the evening soon after the Pakistan PM returned from Peshawar to Islamabad said “this savage killing of innocent children, who are the epitome of the finest human values, in a temple of learning was not only an attack against Pakistan but an assault against the entire humanity.”

“At a time when the world is getting disturbingly accustomed to acts of terror,” Modi said, “this terrible tragedy has shaken the conscience of the world.”