“WE TARGETED SCHOOL BECAUSE ARMY TARGETS OUR FAMILIES.WE WANT THEM TO FEEL OUR PAIN.”
An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind! Said Gandhi. The unfortunate and heartbreaking event in Peshwar yesterday, has forced us to think. In which direction is humankind moving and what are we creating for our children. A world that knows no humanity, no compassion and no kindness!
Strolling in my garden yesterday, when I heard of this news, I was heartbroken and stood there in utter shock, it left me numb. For a moment there, it did not matter if I am an Indian or a Pakistani and my heart wailed when I heard the number of innocent lives taken. An innocent 14 year old said, his teacher was shot and burned alive in front of him and the Talibani then shouted with pride “God is great!” .I wonder which religion drives him to commit such atrocious and inhuman acts. Islam doesn’t encourage such unspeakable brutality nor does any other religion in my knowledge. Expecting people with such degree of callousness to undergo a change of heart is a useless thought to set our hopes upon. In times of such pain, simply giving out deceitful statements would do no good. It may bring temporary consolation but it would do nothing to cease such acts of unspeakable horror. What we need at present is a total political boycott of such terrorist organizations. We will not be able to put an end to terrorism if the most powerful people in our countries don’t stop using them to score over one another. We need to unite and fight as one against such evil. Getting used to such pain is not even an option, it is high time we fight back these bastards and restore peace and love in our lives.
I urge the people who hold power, to get up and actually act upon the situation before it is too late.
It takes me back to the Talibani attack on the young Malala Yousafzai, when she bravely stood up to advocate for girls’ education. We as individuals should make every possible effort to restore peace and I am sure we will be successful the day our Leaders become as brave as we are. I am sure an unflinching determination to fight terrorism will not prove to be futile.