There are about 10,000 people in Ottawa from Pakistan. Tonight they are mourning for the loss of life in their home country.

Taliban gunmen stormed a military-run school in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar on Tuesday, killing at least 141 people, mostly children.

The president of the Canada Pakistan association, Anis-ur-Rehman, went to school in the same district where this attack took place. He is now a teacher at an Ottawa high school.

“I couldn't teach. My brain was freezing,” says Rehman. “I was teaching the students and thinking about the students who had lost their lives. We as the Canada Pakistan Association think it’s a shameful act of brutality, especially for the innocent students.”

Rehman says he expects that the Canada Pakistan Association will plan a memorial in Ottawa in the coming days in honour of the victims of this attack.