Reports say that a total of 21 people have been martyred, including one assistant professor, Dr. Syed Hamid Hussain, and between 50 to 60 are wounded when four attackers entered Bacha Khan University Charsada Pakistan on Wednesday. This is almost after one year since the Army Public School (APS) Peshawar brutality where more than 160 school children were martyred under the same extremist agenda which has attacked the University.
The masterminds of the APS attack, Umar Mansoor (Tehreek i Taliban Pakistan), has accepted the responsibility of the attack on his Facebook page adding that a total of four militants were sent to the University. On the other hand, a spokesperson of Tehreek i Taliban Pakistan, Muhammad Khorasani, denied this claim.
Despite whosoever is responsible, the fact remains the same in that the future of Pakistan is under attack by enemies. 21 are dead but it is obvious that the attack has adversely affected psychology of more than 3000 people who were present in the University at that particular time.
After the Army Public School attack in Peshawar, the ruling party of Khyber Pakhtoon khawa i.e; Pakistan Tehreek i Insaf (PTI) had planned many strategies. Instructions were forwarded to make educational institutions more secure in order to combat an ongoing changing of strategy by the terrorists; that is to target the most soft target — students. No doubt, the strategies planned were outstanding but unfortunately those were all confined to paper work only and the implementation could not be noticed anywhere.
Teaching staff were promised to be trained in order to handle any such critical situation but unfortunately a promise remained a promise and even after one year of APS incident educational institutions can’t be secured. Even students and staff members are not provided with practice how to evacuate the building in case of any such incident which is the most minor step which must be taught and practiced.
The Army of Pakistan is already fighting at many fronts. After the Bacha Khan University attack, Director General of ISPR (Inter Service Public Relations), Lieutenant General Asim Bajwa, said in a statement; “we know everything about where the terrorists are operating.” He further added that terrorists used Afghanistan made SIMs. Terrorists were taking instructions from Afghanistan and calls were coming on one of the terrorists’ mobile after he was dead. Now this is clear sign either Afghani Taliban who also facilitates the Pakistani Taliban are behind alarming influence from India in Afghanistan is mounting day by day.
Pakistan is under attacked from all fronts. Pakistani illiterate rebels are being misused by foreign elements in order to achieve their evil goals in Pakistan. On the other hand, extremely dangerous but relatively ignored rival is the radical mindset and ideology which is spreading extremism, zero tolerance towards other sects of Islam and militancy through their hate speech. Crackdowns against so called Mullahs must be included in the National Action Plan, otherwise any attempts against this terrorism will be a mere waste of time.
It is reported that the terrorists who attacked the Bacha Khan University were aged between 18 to 25. It has not been confirmed yet whether they all were Pakistanis or not. Despite this fact, it is not any justification for such militancy and brutality but this is also a fact that if they would have been educated properly; if they would have been fed properly, they would have not been become tools of Pakistan’s enemies. These young men who committed such an extreme crime which has turned both of their lives (life in this world and life in hereafter) into hell for the victims too — victims of illiteracy, victims of hunger and poverty, victims of so called Mullahism and at last but not least they are victims of our political leaders who contested for their rule in Pakistan from time to time but could not fulfill their responsibilities. However, Islam does not have even a tiny space for killing innocents and especially they are armless.
May all souls of martyrs rest in peace. Amin
The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Al-Masdar News.
Zahra Meer has a Master degree in Economics from the University of Peshawar
She is a Lecturer in Economics.