Large number of Afghan refugees among Peshawar blast victims: Pakistani army chief

2020-10-29 01:35:29 GMT2020-10-29 09:35:29(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

ISLAMABAD, Oct. 29 (Xinhua) -- Pakistani Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa said a large number of students who got killed and injured in Tuesday's terrorist attack on a seminary in Peshawar city of the country's northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province were Afghan refugees, according to an army statement.

The army chief visited Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar to inquire about the health of the students and others injured in the blast and said that the terrorists bathed the innocent children of the seminary in blood to revive their dark history and nefarious intention, the military's media wing Inter-Services Public Relations said in a statement released on Wednesday night.

The army chief said that both Afghanistan and Pakistan had faced terrorism in the past two decades. Pakistan opened its hearts and doors to the Afghan refugees, and the peace of Afghanistan and Pakistan is intertwined.

"Pakistan had always wanted peace in Afghanistan and would continue to cooperate fully," he said, adding that both the countries could not afford any instability and chaos in the current situation, as the consequences would be dire.

Bajwa said Pakistan has rejected terrorism and defeated its ideology with patience and unity, and the armed forces "will not rest until we bring the terrorists and their facilitators to justice."

The blast triggered off with an improvised explosive device targeted the seminary when over 100 students were attending their routine morning classes. According to the police, the incident left eight students killed and over 120 people injured. Enditem