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PHOTOS: Indian students pay silent tribute to victims of Peshawar tragedy

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Last updated on: December 17, 2014 19:02 IST
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Schools across the country observed a two-minute silence on Wednesday in a show of solidarity with Pakistan following an appeal from Prime Minister Narendra Modi after the dastardly terror attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar.

Special prayers were also held in some schools with children sporting black bands, many of them carrying placards in memory of the children who lost their lives. Candles were also lit as children reflected on the tragedy in silence.

Schoolchildren hold candles and placards as they pray in Amritsar for the students killed at the military-run Army Public School in Peshawar. Photograph: Munish Sharma/Reuters

"Save the globe from cruelty, the world is one," read one placard carried by students of a school in Kanpur.

As many as 132 children were among the 141 people who were massacred on Tuesday when seven heavily armed Taliban suicide bombers stormed a Pakistan army-run school in Peshawar firing indiscriminately.

"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 tweeted last night after he spoke to his Pakistan counterpart Nawaz Sharif offering his "deepest condolences" on the attack. Modi also said that India stands firmly with Pakistan in the fight against terrorists.


School children in Ahmedabad pray as they pay tributes to the children killed in Pakistan terror attack, on Wednesday. Photograph: PTI

Some students also penned poems condemning the Peshawar carnage.

"We had a special morning assembly during which we observed two minutes silence paying homage to victims of terrorism. Some of our students had penned poems decrying the gruesome incident. We held a poetry reading session too," said Ameeta Mulla Wattal, Principal of Springdales School in Delhi.

School children pay tributes to students who were killed in the attacks in Pakistan. Photograph: PTI

Students of SadhuVaswaniSchool in Shanti Niketan formed a human chain condemning the ghastly attack. Some students also held placards -- "Save the world from terrorism, we are one", "Ideas are bulletproof" and "bullets won't deter us from learning", "Let humanity prevail over barbarism."

School children light candles at a school in Chennai on Wednesday to pay tribute to the victims of Peshawar school terror attack. Photograph: R Senthil Kumar/ PTI

A special prayer meeting after observance of two minute silence was held at the Air Force School in Delhi Cantonment.

"We also held a mock security drill to check emergency response situation," said Deepika T Singh, Principal of the school.

Students at Tagore International school organised a signature campaign to show solidarity with Pakistan.


School children in Moradabad pay tributes to the children killed in Pakistan terror attack, on Wednesday. Photograph: PTI 

In Srinagar, funeral prayers were held in absentia in memory of the victims at the Jamia Masjid in Nowhatta area.

The prayers were organised by chairman of moderate faction of Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.

Hundreds of people joined the special prayers which were followed by a peaceful protest led by the Mirwaiz. 

School children of Gurgaon pay tributes to the children killed in Pakistan terror attack on Wednesday. Photograph: PTI 

The protestors held black banners with messages of solidarity with the bereaved families who lost their dear ones. Addressing the protestors, the Mirwaiz said the barbaric killing of innocent children was against the teachings of Islam.

"There is no place for terrorism in Islam. This act of cowardice has nothing to do with either Islam or Jihad. The people involved in this act are bringing disrepute to religion of Islam," he said. 

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