Peshawar attack
Burnt books lie on the floor at the Army Public School in Peshawar where Taliban launched an attack on 16 December.Reuters

After the gruesome bloodbath in a Peshawar School where Taliban claimed the lives of 132 children, the terrorist organisation has now threatened to kill the family members of Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif as well as to 'eliminate' the kids of politicians in the country.

The warning came as the Pakistani government has vowed to hang militants bearing any allegiance to the terror outfit that killed 132 children in an Army school in Peshawar, in the deadliest terror attack the country has ever seen. 

The warning was made in a letter, written apparently by Mohammed Kharasani who is believed to be a top commander of Tehrik-e-Taliban chief Mullah Fazlullah. The letter was delivered to Pakistan authorities on Friday evening, reports The Times of India, which claims to have access to the said letter.

Sources are still trying to verify if the letter was genuine, but it is evident that the terrorist outfit is enraged after the recent decision by Sharif to lift the ban on life sentences to people who have committed terrorism-related offences. The letter was cited as saying that the gruesome killing of scores of innocent children was justified as the kids were committed to following the footsteps of their parents.

"Let us make it clear to Pakistan establishment that if any of our associates isharmed, we will avenge ourselves by targeting your children. We would ensure that houses of army generals and political leaders become centers of mourning," the letter says in its warning.

It further accused the Pakistani government of following the designs and methods of army and ISI, while what was actually needed is a reform.

"Why the human rights organizations, which are not aware of the reasons of the attack on Army Public School, silent on this decision of the infidel government.

"We, in light of Islamic teaching, consider the killing of the children of army personnel as justified as they are not opposing the anti-Islam role of their parents and are committed to follow the path of their parents. We are giving an open invitation of debate to religion leaders who are issuing decrees in favour of the government."

A day after Pakistan saw the most gruesome attack on a school in Peshawar, PM Sharif lifted a ban on death penalty in terrorism cases. The move was proposed by a ministerial committee right after the attack took place on Tuesday and was approved by PM Sharif, an official said.

The attack was carried out by six militants at around 10 am local time on 16 December, after they bypassed the heavily guarded main entrance and slipped in through a back entrance that was less frequently used, witnesses said.

The fanatics rushed from room to room, shooting randomly at any human they saw in front of them, children or otherwise.

At least 500 pupils aged between 10 and 20 years were inside the building when the attack started. When the gunfight between the Taliban and Pakistani forces intensified, at least three of the militants blew themselves up, instantly producing several charred bodies.