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Massacre of the innocents

Print edition : January 09, 2015

At a candlelight vigil for the victims of the Pakistani Taliban attack on the Peshawar Army Public School, in Islamabad on December 17. Photo: Anjum Naveed/AP

The mother and relatives of Mohammed Ali Khan, 15, who was killed in the attack on December 16. Photo: ZOHRA BENSEMRA/REUTERS

Pakistan Army soldiers and mediapersons in the blood-splattered auditorium, which was the first target of the militants. Photo: A. MAJEED/AFP

The scene inside a classroom. Photo: A.Majeed/AFP

A shocked student receiving treatment at a hospital. Photo: Aftab Ahmed/AFP

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Army chief General Raheel Sharif with an injured student at the military hospital in Peshawar on December 17. Photo: AFP/ HANDOUT

The bullet-ridden walls of the school. Photo: FAROOQ NAEEM/AFP

Mourners attend the funeral of a student, on December 17. Photo: AP

Maulana Fazlullah, in this undated image provided by the SITE Intel Group, an American private terrorist threat analysis company. Photo: AP

An injured schoolgirl being taken to hospital. Photo: A. Majeed/AFP

The Peshawar school carnage apparently forces a change in the Pakistani establishment’s approach to Islamist militancy. But the Pakistani Taliban threatens to carry out such attacks until its demands are conceded.
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