All that I can type is that I’m disgusted and appalled.
If this isn’t the ultimate act of cowardness then I don’t know what is!
Since 11 in the morning at a school at Peshawar in Pakistan, an army school has been the latest target of terrorist activity, with the siege going on for 7 hours and 6 terrorists killing more than 130 children and seriously injuring more than 122 children.
What kind of mentality do such people breed who think it is okay to take revenge on innocent kids who had gone to school to write their exams? Is it a sin to study? Just try to think of the repercussions that will follow because of this horrifying incident. Schools that are called the temples of learning will now bear traces of bullets running through its walls, of blood stained corridors, of the shock and fear in the minds of these children that even a school is not a safe place and of desks that will remain empty forever, now that their classmates are no more.
Just a few days back Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai, an Indian and a Pakistani had shared the nobel peace prize, together as people who tried and made an attempt to champion causes related to education to children and now we have what has happened today.
Is this what has happened to humanity? And what does one mean when they claim responsibility for such a barbaric act? Is it a good thing killing innocent children who had just gone to school?
The statement that has been given by the terrorist organization that has claimed responsibility for this attack is, “We wanted them to feel our pain.”
Pain? Killing the children of army personnel to take revenge for the offensive on them by the army?
It makes me numb and angry, a piercing and stabbing pain through my heart to see fear struck parents in hospitals searching amongst the crowd of people for their children, the bodies being put in cremation boxes, parents crying outside school waiting for some sort of news about their kids, blood bathed kids, little kids in shock recounting how they saw dead bodies of their classmates and how the terrorists used these children as human shields.
A school now flooded with tanks, guns, bullets, ambulances, military personnel and shrieks and screams of horrified, terrified and scared children. Hospitals being flooded with injured and dead children and running low on a supply of blood. Parents who are in immense pain because of the loss of their children, many of them still missing. All that I ask is, when will this stop?
Being an Indian, I believe that children all across the world, in India or Pakistan or in any of the other countries deserve to have a childhood, one that is not a ‘soft’ target for terrorist activities, one that is not held at stake just because of the wish to get decent education.
I completely condemn this attack, all that I can do is to pray that God does give strength to these families to cope with their loss and hope that such kind of terror attacks never happen.