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    In the wake of a Taliban attack on a Pakistani school which left at least 126 people dead and up to 122 wounded, security expert Uday Bhaskar tells Sputnik that it is the Pakistani system of allowing militant groups to hide behind their religions in their attacks that culminates in such bloody assaults.

    MOSCOW, December 16 (Sputnik) — Over the last 20 years, Pakistan has developed a cultural acceptance of militant groups which use religion to justify their terrorist attacks, security expert Uday Bhaskar tells Sputnik.

    “What we are seeing in Pakistan is a stark reminder that such kinds of ideologies are [being] propagated and empowered. It's a kind of revenge on the actions taken by that Pakistani army against the Taliban,” he added.

    Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has called the school massacre a national tragedy and is heading to Peshawar. And announced a three-day mourning over those killed.

    "I feel that until and unless this country is cleansed from terrorism, this war and effort will not stop, no one should be doubtful of this. We have also spoken to Afghanistan about this and we will fight terrorism together," the Pakistani prime minister was quoted as saying by the the Dawn newspaper.

    Terrorist attacks like the Taliban’s assault on the Pakistani school are a crime against humanity, India’s former Minister of State of External Affairs, Anand Sharma, told Sputnik.

    "We condemn this type of terrorist activity. It is a heinous crime against humanity. All countries should unite to fight against terrorism," the former official said.

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi strongly condemned the cowardly attack by the Taliban militants, branded it a senseless act of unspeakable brutality and said India shares rival Pakistan’s pain.

    Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh has also expressed condolences to the families who lost their children in the tragedy, said the attack is one of the bloodiest in Pakistan in recent years, exposed the real face of terrorism.

    Malala Yousafza, a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest-ever Nobel peace laureate said she was heartbroken by the senseless and cold blooded killing of scores of children

    "I am heartbroken by this senseless and cold blooded act of terror in Peshawar that is unfolding before us. Innocent children in their school have no place in horror such as this," she said in a statement.

    "I condemn these atrocious and cowardly acts and stand united with the government and armed forces of Pakistan whose efforts so far to address this horrific event are commendable," she added.

    The views and opinions expressed in the article do not necessarily reflect those of Sputnik.

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