Nicola Sturgeon comments on Peshawar attack

Commenting on the sad news that two nephews of SNP Councillor Jahangir Hanif have both lost a son in yesterday's attack in Peshawar, 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. 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.

“Yesterday’s horrific events in Peshawar stole the lives of 132 innocent school children and nine staff. These senseless killings defy any explanation. 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.”