MOSCOW, January 12 (Sputnik) – Schools across Pakistan, including the Army Public School in Peshawar, where 141 people, mainly children, were killed in one of the deadliest terrorist attacks Pakistan has seen, will reopen this week, the Associated Press reports.
Among those present at the school reopening were survivors of the attack and relatives of the victims. "I have lost 30 of my friends. How will I sit in the empty class, how will I look towards their empty benches?" asked Shahrukh Khan, a 16-year-old, who was shot in both legs while pretending to play dead in his school’s auditorium, as quoted by AFP. "My heart has been broken. All the class fellows I had, have died. Now my heart does not want to attend school," he added.
Pakistani authorities stepped up security at schools following the attack. General Raheel Sharif, the head of Pakistan's army, greeted students at the Army Public School, according to Reuters. "The army chief didn't make a speech but individually met the parents and assured them they would eliminate the terrorists from the country," an unnamed security official told the news agency.
A ceremony to commemorate those, who died in the attacks, is expected to be held before classes resume later this week.