Peshawar- Heartless terrorists managed to repeat the APS tragedy on Wednesday by launching attack on another educational institution the Bacha Khan University Charsadda, brutally killing 20 people including professors and students.
Fazle ur-Rahim Marwat, the university's vice chancellor, said security forces alone could not keep students safe, saying it required a move away from an extreme interpretation of Islam. This came to an end in June previous year with the military claiming, as reported in the Dawn newspaper at the time, of having "gained control of strategically important areas, depriving Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan and Lashkar-i-Islam of space in one of their toughest strongholds in the tribal regions".
The Foreign Office said on Thursday it is too early to draw conclusions regarding who was behind the deadly attack on Bacha Khan University in Charsadda.
The university, in Charsadda, near the border with Afghanistan, is less than 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the Army Public School and Degree College in Peshawar, site of a December 2014 attack by militants from Pakistan Taliban. They were killed before they could explode their suicide vests, officials said.
"They were shouting Allahu Akhbar", said Basit Khan, a student of computer sciences, referring to an Islamic cry for God is great.
Military spokesman Lt. Gen. Asim Bajwa said soldiers killed all four assailants.
"All students have been evacuated from the hostels, but militants are still hiding in different parts of the university and some students and staff are stuck inside", he said, adding that it was unclear how many gunmen were involved.
He was sleeping when a friend woke him to tell him that terrorists were attacking the school.
Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif grieved over the sad incident while condemning the cowardly attack of the terrorists. Since its founding in the mid-2000s, more than 50,000 Pakistanis have been killed in terrorist attacks or battles between the military and Islamist militants.
Four of the attackers are known to have been killed at the campus building in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, in the country's northwest.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who also condemned the attack, reaffirmed that violence against students, teachers and schools can never be justified, and that "the right to education for all must be firmly protected", said U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq.
"They fired directly at the professor", sociology student Muhammad Daud said, describing Hussain as "a real gentleman and a respectable teacher". He also appreciated the quick response of security forces during the attack.
"I have no idea about what's going on but I heard one security official talking on the phone to someone and said many people had been killed and injured". PTI chief said he had directed Chief Minister Pervez Khattak to cut short his Switzerland visit and return to Pakistan.