Peshawar Witnessed No Less than a Holocaust
ecember 16, the time was around 10:30, the location, an Army Public School in Peshawar, the incident was so atrocious that cannot be described in words. Six brutes, the self-proclaimed jihadists, the Taliban, entered in the school, straightaway went into a hall room, where sessional examination was in progress and started indiscriminate firing and killings the yet- to- be -blossomed little flowers. As a result 132 little kids, unaware of anything wrong done by them to the cause of Islam, were given a bath of blood. Included in them was a five-year old girl and it was her first day in the school. How could she have ever imagined that going to school for her would mean never to return home alive.
Apart from these 9 of the school staff, including the head teacher, were also killed. These savages came with the only intention to kill. The school has an enrolment of about 1100 pupils. The rest were rescued by the army.
A teenage survivor later described how he played dead after being shot in both legs by the Taliban hunting down the students to kill. “My body was shivering, I saw death so close that I will never forget the black boots approaching me – I felt as though it was death approaching me.”
The country is in the grip of terrorism since USA used Pakistan as a conduit to avenge their humiliation in Viet Nam war at the hands of former USSR. The rulers of Pakistan, starting with the then military dictator Gen. Zia ul Haq, happily offered their shoulders to the American guns with the sole precondition to let them perpetuate with their gains by corrupt means. They closed their eyes to the terrorists and religious extremists and their abettors as well as supports and sympathisers in religious as well as political parties.
The result is that the entire paradigm of public discourse stands changed today. Though this tragic incident has forced the rulers to convene an emergency All Parties Conference at Peshawar with the Prime Minister in the chair, and it was resolved to deal with all forms of terrorism with an iron hand, yet everyone spoke with a tongue in cheek not to clearly pinpoint the terrorists and their abettors.
We, the Diaspora Pakistanis and Kashmirs seriously think that unless bold efforts to change the paradigm of public discourse are not made, we cannot expect any remarkable change in the existing state of affairs. The menace of terrorism has developed deep roots because of a peculiar thinking. Unless that thinking is not changed by conscious efforts, terrorism will perpetuate. Today our slogans are:
DOWN WITH ALL FORMS OF TERRORISM DOWN WITH EXTREMISM
Pakistan Union of Journalists
South Asian Peoples Forum UK