Release the children in Peshawar, kill me instead: Kailash Satyarthi to Taliban

New Delhi: Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi on Tuesday termed the killing of 124 students in a school in Pakistan's Peshawar by Taliban militants as "one of the darkest days of humanity" and offered himself to the terrorists if they were ready to free the children taken hostage.

Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi said the Peshawar attack was one of the darkest days for humanity. Reuters

Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi said the Peshawar attack was one of the darkest days for humanity. Reuters

Satyarthi, who received the Nobel Peace Prize a week back along with Pakistan's Malala Yousafzai, who was also the target of a Taliban attack, said Pakistan government must take all possible steps to protect children and schools from violence.

"If they can hear me, they can keep me hostage, kill me but release those 400 children of mine who are trapped there," he said.

"The Taliban terrorist who have held them hostage, who are shooting them down are enemy of humanity, they are enemies of Allah, enemies of religion, enemies of Islam. They are enemies of all of us. I pray to God that they get wisdom from somewhere," he said.

In a series of tweets, Satyarthji expressed his anguish and urged all right-thinking people to rise against the "inhuman" crime.

"My heart bleeds for bereaved families. One of the darkest days of humanity," he said adding "these are all our children who've been murdered today. My prayers and condolences are with the families.

At least 124 students were among 126 people killed when heavily-armed Arabic speaking Taliban suicide attackers stormed an army-run school, shooting from classroom-to-classroom and taking several hostages using them as human shield in Pakistan's volatile Peshawar city.

"Pakistan government must take all possible steps to protect children and schools from violence. Children are the first casualty of violence and war. It is time we all came together and put a stop to this violence," Satyarthi said.

PTI


Published Date: Dec 16, 2014 07:19 pm | Updated Date: Dec 16, 2014 07:22 pm