A Simonstone man who is a North-West Conservative MEP and chair of the European Parliament Friends of Pakistan Group has condemned the attack on a school in Peshawar, Pakistan, in which more than 100 children were killed.
Speaking from the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Sajjad Karim said he had been horrified by the tragedy.
He added: “Many students and teachers at a school in Peshawar had their lives brutally ended by the acts of a group of deranged extremists.
“This indiscriminate and horrific attack by the Taliban is an act of pure barbarism.
“Yet again, the citizens of Pakistan saw true evil, the very worst of human nature. It now needs to respond with the best of Pakistan.
“To all those rescue workers, ambulances and army personnel who helped to end this tragedy, I salute you.
“And my thoughts and prayers are with everyone caught up in this situation.”
Pupils were killed in the attack by the Taliban at an army-run school as five or six militants went from classroom to classroom indiscriminately shooting.