Pakistan begins the painful task of burying over 130 students who died during a Taliban killing spree at a military-run school, as anger rises among politicians. Mana Rabiee reports.
High school senior Abdul Azam Afridi should have been spending the coming new year thinking about graduation. Instead, he's being buried... One of at least 130 students who died in Tuesday's killing spree by the Pakistani Taliban... at a school in Peshawar run by the military. (SOUNDBITE) (Urdu) BROTHER OF KILLED STUDENT, ABDUL AZAM AFRIDI, SIKANDER AZAM SAYING: "At 11 o'clock we received information that he was injured. When we went there we found his dead body." In Pakistan's largest city, Karachi ... supporters of a political party hold a candlelight vigil. Most of the students at the school are children of army officials. The Taliban say they targeted the campus because the GOVERNMENT targets their women and families. "We want them to feel the pain" - a Taliban statement said after the attack. As a nation mourns, politicians are angry... even vengeful. (SOUNDBITE) (English) A LEADER OF MUTTAHIDA QAUMI MOVEMENT (MQM) PARTY, FAISAL SABZWARI, SAYING: "We demand from the government, we demand from the state, that we must act against these Taliban and fanatics because they have been coming after our kids. We should go after them." (SOUNDBITE) (English) CENTRAL SPOKESPERSON OF TEHREEK-E-INSAF PARTY, SHIREEN MAZARI, SAYING: "They don't have the courage to fight the fighters. They are now attacking little children. This is absolutely unacceptable, and it is time to teach them a lesson once and for all." Tuesday's bloodbath struck at the heart of Pakistan's military establishment. Its Army chief says the assault creates "new resolve" to "eliminate" the insurgents "for good". Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif echoed that sentiment… "We'll take revenge," he said, revenge for "each and every drop" of blood that was spilt today.