Nobel-prize winner Malala Yousafzai has said she is "heartbroken by the attack on students and staff at the Bacha Khan University" which may have killed up to 40 people.
In a statement, Malala, who was shot by the Taliban for her views on female education, "strongly condemned" the attack.
I am heartbroken by the attack on students and staff at the Bacha Khan University in Charsadda and strongly condemn this brutal assault. My prayers are with the families of all the victims and all those who suffer as a result of extremist violence.
This brutality must be stopped. The authorities must act to ensure that all schools and universities are safe. I urge all people with peace in their hearts to renew their resolve to stand up to terrorism and ignorance and work together to protect life and learning.
This attack happened on the 28th anniversary of the death of Abdul Ghaffar Khan who was a great freedom fighter, a man of peace. I hope his message of non-violence and harmony will prevail and end intolerance in our society.
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An anti-terrorism court in Pakistan has sentenced 10 men to 25 years in prison for the 2012 shooting of Malala Yousafzai.
Ms Yousafzai, who was awarded the Nobel Peace prize in 2014 for her campaign for women's and children's rights, was shot in the head on her school bus in Swat when she was just 15.
Authorities say that the 10 men are all members of the Pakistani Taliban, though none of them were among the four or five men who actually carried out the attack.
"Judge Mohammad Amin Kundi in his verdict gave 25 years jail to all of these people," said a court official in Swat, which is in the northwest of the country.
Malala remains unable to return to Pakistan, due to Taliban threats on her and her family's lives.
Malala Yousafzai, who was herself shot by the Taliban when she was just 14, said she stands by those who were killed or injured in today's school attack in Peshawar.
My family and I are heartbroken after hearing the news that more than 100 innocent children and teachers have lost their lives in this recent attack in a school in Peshwar.
We stand with all those families and all those children who are injured right now and who are suffering this big trauma and now it is time that we unite.
I call upon the international community, leaders in Pakistan, all political parties and everyone that we should stand up together and fight against terrorism and we should make sure that every child gets safe and quality education.
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Nobel peace prize winner Malala Yousafzai has dedicated her award to "voiceless" children around the world.
The teenager, who at 17 is the youngest person ever to receive the coveted prize, also called on the Indian and Pakistani prime ministers to attend the award ceremony for the sake of peace.
Malala hit headlines around the world after she survived being shot in the head by a Taliban fighter in October 2012 for going to school.
She later had treatment in Britain for her injuries and went on to make a full recovery.
Malala is now a dedicated campaigner for children's rights to education.