New Delhi: Condemning the terror attack at a school in Pakistan on Tuesday which has left more than a hundred schoolchildren dead, Congress said it was high time that the neighbouring country learnt from such incidents and acted strongly against the terror network operating from its soil.
Expressing grief over the attack in Peshawar on behalf of Congress and its president Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandi, party spokesman Randip Surjewala stressed on the need for Pakistan to put a full stop to the "policy of patronising terrorists on its soil".
He noted that coming on the heels a strike in Uri of Jammu and Kashmir, the Peshawar incident shows that terrorist organisations do not spare anybody and are enemies of democracy and humanity.
Also, referring to the 26/11 Mumbai terror strike and other attacks in India perpetrated by persons with links to groups across the border, Surjewala said that Pakistan should take tough action against these groups and individuals, like Hafiz Saeed, the chief of Jama'at-ud-Da'wah, and Dawood Ibrahim, who is wanted in connection with the Mumbai blasts.
In a statement, Sonia Gandhi said she strongly condemns the dastardly killing of innocent children by the terrorists.
"This barbaric act has caused universal outrage and painfully underscores the threat posed by organised terrorist groups to humankind," she said.
She conveyed her condolences to the bereaved families and exhorted the Pakistani government and authorities to be firm in their resolve to ensure full accountability and punish the perpetrators of the inhuman act.
At least 124 students were among 126 people killed today when heavily-armed Taliban suicide attackers stormed an army- run school in Pakistan's volatile Peshawar city.
The attackers went shooting from classroom-to-classroom and took several hostages to use them as human shield.
Meanwhile, at the AICC briefing, Surjewala also extended greetings on behalf of Congress to Bangladesh, which came into existence 43 years ago on this day, and hailed the leadership of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi during the 1971 Indo-Pak war.