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Terrorists have no heart, no soul

The proxy war waged by the Pakistan Army against India is now reciprocating on their own future generations. Still, we have hearts and we feel sympathy towards them. We only pray and hope for those innocent lives to be spared. We are praying for the kids but I know this is not enough. However, “An eye for an eye makes the world blind”. This brutality should be ceased permanently.

One brave Malala who escaped death by Taliban is celebrating her Nobel Prize, sending a message to cruel terrorists that you are on the wrong side. Literally, my heart was crying by looking at the footages on the news channels. Aren’t we all supposed to stand united against this terror attack? Whatever happened is really condemnable and coldhearted. The hardline Taliban movement claimed responsibility of killing these school children in Peshawar. At least, 126 people, most of them children, were killed in this bloodiest insurgent attack in Pakistan. Hours into the blockade, three explosions were heard inside the military-run high school.

This attack was revenge for the killing of hundreds of innocent tribesmen during repeated army operations in provinces including South Waziristan, North Waziristan and the Khyber Agency — all restive regions along Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan. For the past few months, the Pakistan military has been conducting a ground offensive aimed at clearing out militants in these areas. The campaign has displaced tens of thousands of people.

The Pakistani Taliban, who are fighting to topple the government and set up a strict Islamic state, have vowed to step up attacks in response to a major army operation against the insurgents in the tribal areas. Recently, the Taliban and the Pakistani government were involved in peace talks. The government released 19 Taliban non-combatants in a goodwill gesture. However, talks sank under a wave of attacks by the Taliban and mounting political pressure to bring the violence under control. They have targeted security forces, checkpoints, military bases and airports; however, attacking civilians without logic was relatively rare.

Most of those who died were between the ages of 12 and 16. The Taliban had told one reputed news channel that, “300 to 400 people are under the custody of the suicide bombers. A group of 8-10 suicide attackers wearing paramilitary Frontier Corps uniforms entered Army Public School.” However, six terrorists were there who were killed later by the armed force.

Northwestern Pakistan is home to loosely governed tribal areas. It’s also a base for foreign fighters and a refuge for members of the Taliban and other militant groups. The military offensively in the region has spurred deadly retaliations. In September this year, the choir members and children attending Sunday school were among 81 people killed in a suicide bombing at the Protestant All Saints Church of Pakistan. A splinter group of the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the church attack, blaming the U.S. program of drone strikes in tribal areas of the country. There is no logic behind attacking schools and killing small children.

After the previous ban on schools, the Taliban continued to destroy schools in the area. Dozens of schools have been destroyed and hundreds others closed down that the army failed to protect. Pakistan Army’s operations in these areas are not proper. They are terrified by these few barbaric morons. If army had bravely fought with these illiterate terrorists, this situation would not have arised. If you remember Malala Yousafzai, she was gunshot on her head, but Yousafzai’s father reassured her, saying “don’t be scared – this is firing for peace”. Her father had read in the newspaper that the government and the militants were going to sign a peace deal the next day. Later that night, when the Taliban announced the peace deal on their FM Radio studio, another round of stronger firing started outside. Yousafzai spoke out against the Taliban on the national current affairs show Capital Talk on 18th February that year. Three days later, local Taliban leader Maulana Fazlulla announced on his FM radio station that he was lifting the ban on women’s education, and girls would be allowed to attend school until exams were held on 17th March, but they had to wear burqas. Inspite of all the conditions and exchange of mutual agreement, Malala was attacked. How a human being with heart could do this type of barbarism on children? This is most ruthless and ferocious terror act on humanity. Terrorists have no heart, no soul.

Dr. Vaidehi Taman
Dr. Vaidehi is an Investigative Journalist, Editor, Ethical Hacker, Philanthropist, and an Author. She is Editor-in-Chief of Newsmakers Broadcasting and Communications Pvt. Ltd. Since 11 years, which features an English daily tabloid – Afternoon Voice, a Marathi web portal – Mumbai Manoos, monthly magazines like Hackers5, Beyond the news (international) and Maritime Bridges. She is also an EC Council Certified Ethical Hacker, Certified Security Analyst and is also a Licensed Penetration Tester which she caters for her sister-concern Kaizen-India Infosec Solutions Pvt. Ltd.

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