OTTAWA – Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird is condemning a Taliban attack at a military-run school in Pakistan.
Baird says he was sickened to learn militants had gunned down more than 120 people — most of them children — at a school in the city of Peshawar, near the border with Afghanistan.
Most of the victims of the siege, which officials say is now over, were students ranging from Grade 1 through Grade 10.
Baird calls the act cowardly and says there’s nothing more sinister than killing children at school.
He notes the Taliban tried and failed to kill recent Nobel Peace price winner Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by gunmen two years ago while on her way home from school in Pakistan.
“Canada unequivocally condemns this heinous act,” Baird’s statement said.
“There is no more cowardly act than attacking innocent children, and nothing more sinister than brutally murdering them while at school.”
He urged the people of Pakistan to seek solace and inspiration from Malala’s example.
“In the moments that follow such harrowing tragedy, we hope that the resolve and the dignity of innocent Pakistani people will see more children like Malala Yousafzai emerge to carry the torch forward for more education, free from violence or intimidation. Canada will stand by them, and support them, in the face of this ongoing terrorist threat.”