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Taliban has been attacking Pakistani schools for long

Islamabad : Although it was savagery at its worst, the Tuesday attack on a school by militants is not the first time terrorists have targeted educational institutions in Pakistan.

For long, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa - which includes Peshawar - and Fata bordering Afghanistan have witnessed militant violence targeting schools, the Pakistani media reported Thursday.

According to an International Crisis Group report, from 2009 to 2012, between 800 to 900 schools were attacked in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and tribal areas.

Pakistan PM meets air chief

Islamabad : Pakistan Air Force chief Zahid Rafiq Butt met Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Thursday following the terrorist attack on an army-run school in Peshawar that left over people dead.

Professional and operational matters were discussed at the meeting, The News International reported, without giving details.

Pakistan needs leaders to battle Taliban: daily

Islamabad : Pakistan needs to do a lot more to fight terrorism but more than anything else it needs leaders who can take up the challenge, a leading newspaper said Thursday.

"Now, more than ever, the entire country has a stake in the war against an enemy that is ready to strike against us at any time," The News International said in an editorial.

"This is not a faraway war being fought against a distant enemy. The war declared on the country by the TTP (Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan) has made us all targets.

Pakistan school attack: China offers condolences, aid

Islamabad : China has offered condolences on the death of innocent people, most of them students, in a terror attack Tuesday on an army-run school in Pakistan's Peshawar city.

China also offered assistance to the victims of the Taliban attack, which left nearly 150 people dead, Xinhua reported Thursday.

Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Sun Weidong Wednesday extended letters of condolences to Pakistan's Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Tariq Fatemi.

IS using 'unparalleled' violence, brutality: Study

New York : The Islamic State (IS) Sunni terror group uses unparalleled violence and brutality in its quest to achieve primacy over rival Shia Muslims and facilitate restoration of an Islamic Caliphate, says a study, co-authored by two retired FBI agents.

The group uses extreme violence and brutality against anyone it perceives as a threat to its goal, said the authors, noting that gratuitous violence has become the organisation's "brand".

Peshawar attack: Vehicle owner arrested

Islamabad : The owner of the vehicle that was used by terrorists to attack a school in Pakistan's Peshawar city has been arrested, a media report said Thursday.

"He is being interrogated to determine if he had any links with terrorists," said Inspector General of Police Tahir Alam Khan.

The suspect was arrested in Islamabad Wednesday, Dawn online reported.

At least 148 people, mostly children, were killed Tuesday when militants attacked the Army Public School in Peshawar.

57 terrorists killed in Pakistan airstrikes

Islamabad : At least 57 terrorists were killed in airstrikes carried out by the Pakistani military in Khyber Agency's Tirah Valley, media reported.

"The fresh operation was launched after Tuesday's tragic incident, in which at least 145 people mostly school children died," tweeted Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Maj. General Asim Bajwa, Dawn online reported Thursday.

In the aftermath of deadly Taliban attack on an army-run school in Peshawar, Pakistan's military launched 20 air strikes.

General Bajwa added that the operation was ongoing.

UN secretary general calls for international mobilisation against terror

By Arul Louis ,

United Nations: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called for “mobilising all resources and political will” to fight terrorism in the wake of the massacre of 132 school children in Pakistan and said he will consider measures to help that country combat extremism.

Answering a reporter's question at his year-end press conference here Wednesday about the attack, Ban said that terrorism was a problem spreading to several countries and those affected by it needed help.

Four killed in Egypt military plane crash

Cairo: An Egyptian military plane crashed Wednesday during Egypt-United Arab Emirates (UAE)joint military drill, killing two Egyptian and two UAE officers, state-run Nile TV reported.

Egypt's military spokesperson was quoted as saying that the crash happened at 7 p.m., and a technical failure should be the cause.

Authorities are investigating the detailed cause of the accident.

Pakistan to prepare national anti-terror plan

Islamabad: Pakistan will prepare a national anti-terror plan in a week, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said Wednesday a day after a group of Taliban militants attacked an army school and killed 141 people including 132 children.

Sharif said senior political leaders who met in Peshawar at his invitation "resolved to continue the war against terror till elimination of the last terrorist from Pakistani soil".