Glasgow & West Scotland

Glasgow councillor's relatives die in Pakistan school massacre

Jahangir Hanif and school scene Image copyright Glasgow City Council and AP
Image caption Mr Hanif lost two grand nephews at the school were 141 people were killed

A Glasgow City councillor is travelling to Pakistan after losing two relatives in the school massacre in Peshawar.

Two grand-nephews of Southside Central SNP councillor Jahangir Hanif were among the 141 people who were killed at the Army Public School.

In total, 132 school children and nine staff died and 125 others were injured.

The attack was carried out by the Pakistani Taliban to avenge army-led operations against them in the Khyber and North Waziristan areas.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: "I am deeply saddened by this devastating news. My thoughts and deepest condolences are with Councillor Hanif and his family at what is a time of terrible sadness.

'Senseless' killings

"I have been in touch with the Hanif family to express my condolences and we understand Councillor Hanif is now on his way to Pakistan to be with his family.

"It is now right that the family is given the space they need to grieve for the loss of their much loved children."

Ms Sturgeon described the attack and "senseless" and said the killings "defy any explanation".

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Image caption Workbooks scattered across the floor at the school in Peshawar

She added: "Scotland stands with the people of Pakistan as they try come to terms with these tragic events and they - together with the Pakistani community here in Scotland - have our full support as they seek to move forward."

Other politicians expressed their condolences on Twitter.

SNP MSP Humza Yousaf, Minister for Europe and International Development, tweeted: "Heartbroken that Cllr Hanif lost family in yday's cowardly attack in Peshawar".

SNP MP Angus Robertson wrote: "So sad to learn that relatives of @theSNP Glasgow councillor Jahangir Hanif were killed in the Peshawar massacre."

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson tweeted: "So sorry to hear Cllr Hanif has lost relatives in yesterday's senseless attack in Peshawar. My thoughts are with his family."

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