Days after Malala Yousafzai won the Nobel Peace Prize, Pakistani Taliban attacked a school in Peshawar where they reportedly killed around 140 in a shameful and cold-blooded act of terror. The dead include school children, teachers and army personnel present at the Army Public School. Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif expressed grief before rushing to Peshawar as he stated: “These are my children and this is my loss.” The six militants were reportedly killed after a 7-hour long gun-battle and it is not yet clear whether these Taliban terrorists attacked the school in retaliation of the army operation or to send a message to supporters of Malala who advocate education for children, especially girls.
Pakistan army’s offensive has resulted in heavy casualties of Taliban fighters in North Waziristan and the nearby Khyber area. “I am heartbroken by this senseless and cold blooded act of terror in Peshawar that is unfolding before us. Innocent children in their school have no place in horror such as this,” Malala Yousafzai told The Guardian.
The military operation has still not come to an end as bombs planted by the terrorists have slowed down army efforts to end the operation. It has also been reported that a suicide bomb blast resulted in heavy casualties in the school. The latest attack has caused unprecedented shock for its sheer brutality. “Strongly condemn the cowardly terrorist attack at a school in Peshawar,” Indian PM Narendra Modi wrote on Twitter. Peshawar’s close proximity to the Afghan border has resulted in heavy Taliban insurgency in the area. It is to be seen whether this barbaric attack will finally unite political parties and the Pakistan army which otherwise have resulted in the country being one of the most unstable in the region.