Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued the following statement condemning the terrorist attack in Pakistan, whose victims included 132 children:

“Today’s terrorist attack in Pakistan – on schoolchildren – is absolutely sickening.  The heinous attack demonstrates once again the barbarity of the Pakistani Taliban in pushing its extreme ideology, with complete disregard for the lives of innocent children and civilians. Even by the grim standards of terrorist attacks in Pakistan, this is a low.  My condolences go out to the victims and families impacted by this horrific terrorist attack.  This brutal violence reinforces the fact that Pakistan must continue to clear terrorists from safe-havens in the federally administered tribal areas.”