Peshawar Attack Survivors School Children Challenge The Taliban
School children survivors of the carnage of the Pakistani Taliban in Peshawar school promised Thursday avenge the death of their relatives and return to class as soon as possible to challenge the Islamist rebels.
The assault commando of the Pakistan Taliban Movement (TTP) has claimed the lives of 148 people, including 132 children and teenagers on Tuesday in a public school of the army in Peshawar (north-west), the bloodiest terrorist attack in Pakistan’s history.
On site, the second day of national mourning to be completed Friday, sadness mingled with a desire to strike back at TTP, the holy war against the government killed more than 7,000 people across the country since 2007.
With its walls stained with blood and riddled with bullet holes, the martyr school was ravaged by eight hour rampage, the emergence of the Taliban to their deaths after exchanges of fire fed with Pakistani forces.
But the authorities have promised to hand over the building in a state on January 4, less than three weeks after the attack. In front of the hotel Thursday, hundreds of students, parents and people caught up in this tragedy watched or deposited wreaths to honor the victims.
There, Mohammad Bilal, 14, says he wants to challenge his parents, who prefer see at home, returning as soon as possible in the classroom. I’ll be there as soon as the school will reopen. I’m not afraid of terrorists, I know how they get the message, returning to school, he told AFP.
I’ll be there since the reopening, added his friend Moakal Jan, 13 years and more determined than ever to join one day the Pakistani army fighting the Taliban.
The Taliban threaten again
I’ll be a soldier to avenge the death of my friends and classmates, says Moakal who lost nine relatives in the carnage convicted both abroad and in Pakistan, where people demand more than ever in the army, the most powerful institution in the country, to stop the violence.
I wish to join the army since I was a child, but now I am more determined than ever. I want to avenge my friends, fight terrorists, argues Abu Bakar, 18 years. The Taliban threatened to carry out other deadly operations when Pakistani forces retaliated to that of Peshawar.
If our women and children die as martyrs, your children will not escape to death, warned in a message Khalifa Umar Mansoor, the Taliban commander identified by local intelligence services as the architect of the attack in Peshawar.
Peshawar is located in north-west Pakistan, near the border with Afghanistan. In this predominantly Pashtun region also comes the Nobel Peace Prize, Malala Yousafzai, one of the fiercest critics of the Taliban.
In Islamabad, the capital usually spared Islamist attacks, authorities have warned nearly 400 potential threats schools attacks against school bus. City Schools have strengthened their security and organized for some exercises to teach students how to behave and avoid being achieved in case of attack.
In the aftermath of the attack in Peshawar Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had announced the resumption of executions of death sentences, suspended since 2008, imposed for terrorist acts. On Thursday, Northwest prison officials were concerned breakouts of major following of this decision.
The tragedy of Peshawar to intensify criticism against Pakistan for allegedly left prosper Islamist groups on its soil, for electioneering because their radical ideology influences a part of the population, or strategic calculation because some of these groups can defend its interests in neighboring countries, India and Afghanistan.
And bail Thursday by the Pakistani justice Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, alleged mastermind of the Mumbai attacks that killed 166 died in November 2008 in the capital Indian economy has done nothing to calm those doubts.