Karachi, Jan 17: Members of the World Cup-bound Pakistan team today met with the survivors of the Army Public School carnage in Peshawar besides meeting the parents of the children killed in the terrorist attack on December 16.
Captain Misbah-ul-Haq, Shahid Afridi, Ahmed Shehzad, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Irfan, Ehsan Adil, Umar Akmal visited the school and then the hospital where the children, who were injured in the deadly attack, are under treatment.
"It is a life changing experience for me to visit this school and see these children back to the same place where the attack took place. They are the bravest people in the world," Shehzad told reporters.
The cricketers were visibly moved when they visited the hospital and when they met the parents of the students at the Corps Commander Headquarters in Peshawar. Afridi tweeted, "Salute to the brave champions."
As the cricketers shook hands with the children and embraced their grieving parents, Irfan told PTI that most of the children they had met with had only one request for the players.
"They just kept asking us to win the World Cup for them. These survivors and martyrs are going to be a big motivational factor for us to do well in the tournament," he said.
The players were accompanied by some Pakistan Cricket Board officials and team manager Naved Cheema who announced an aid of 7.5 million on behalf of the board for the school. At least 135 children were killed and scores injured when terrorists attacked the school.