"The issues related to children's rights cut across considerations of political systems and geography. The entire world is grief stricken over the recent horrific incident at a Peshawar school," said the Chief Minister.

"The people of India are strongly behind the bereaved souls in Pakistan," Patnaik said at a sensitisation programme for lawmakers on child rights here.

He said: "Children belong to none, but humanity. We have to take issues related to children's welfare most zealously, ignoring our political differences and other partisan considerations."   

Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan militants on Tuesday attacked an army-run school in Peshawar, killing 148 people, including 132 children.

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