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Pakistani Leaders Meet As School Massacre Death Toll Rises To 151


Members of civil society hold candle vigil for the victims of Peshawar school attack in Islamabad on December 22.

Pakistani political and military leaders have met to discuss a new national action plan against militancy after authorities on December 24 announced that 10 more children have died from injuries in the Peshawar school massacre.

The Army Public School administration says the deaths since the December 16 Taliban attack on the military-run school raises the number of victims to 151 -- including 142 children.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, meeting the heads of political parties and army and intelligence chiefs, said at the Islamabad talks that Pakistan faces an "extraordinary situation" and "extraordinary steps” must be taken to battle terrorism.

It was unclear whether a final action plan was reached.

Sharif also welcomed an Afghan army offensive against Taliban in eastern Afghanistan, saying it showed Kabul's "good will."

He said Pakistan would take action against militants who launch attacks into Afghanistan from Pakistan.

With reporting by dpa and Geo TV

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