1. The heart goes out to them. Even the God of death would cry. In uniforms to in caskets, how can anyone on Earth justify killing innocent school students in the name of avenging atrocities on his lot?
2. Pakistan today saw its worst ever terror strike where around 150 people lost their lives, most of them being the students, as per the latest reports, in Taliban attack on Army Public School in Peshawar. The toll may go up with over 200 injured in hospitals facing blood shortage. But, the big question is, can we say will it remain the worst ever terror strike of the country?
3. From targeting girl schools and girls in schools, now schools and students, irrespective of the gender, is Pakistan staring at the next wave of terror where nothing would be spared, not even children, in settling scores with the government or in pushing the terror agenda further?
4. Pakistan is a fractured nation. Its political chaos, lost in its military juggernaut has made the country directionless. The perpetual disagreement among its controlling institutions failed to check insurgency in its restive provinces and now it has engulfed the whole country. What precipitated today, and we cannot say it ends here – isn’t it Pakistan’s own making?
5. Afghanistan President Mohammad Najibullah had warned Pakistan of Taliban’s grave dangers saying its flames would burn Pakistan. Soon Taliban swept Afghanistan and killed Najibullah in a public display of brutality. Pakistan created Taliban and now Taliban is trying to undo an already chaotic Pakistan. Isn’t it?
6. Isn’t it the high time, the wakeup call for Pakistan to look at and treat terror as ‘terror’, not differentiating it in categories like ‘good terror’ or ‘bad terror’ or ‘good Taliban’ or ‘bad Taliban’?
7. What Pakistan has become today – a country infested with terror, by its own doings. Doesn’t it once again prove the established dangers of ‘state sponsored terror’ as a policy tool?
8. After the attack today, Pakistan has vowed to hit back and its military launched air strikes in North Waziristan, based on actionable intelligence. But given the scale of Taliban attack today and another blast in Peshawar in the evening, what would be Pakistan’s backup plans to thwart any further big attack?
9. Is Pakistan equipped to gauge and thwart suicidal terror attacks of this scale on large social institutions and gatherings? Its political institutions have been in disarray and are week. Its military is engaged in fighting on many unnecessary fronts, including Pakistan military sponsored terror export in India, Afghanistan and other South Asian countries. The flares are reaching even to China and Iran.
10. Is it still foolhardy to expect if Pakistan’s military and political establishments would be forced to think on their long cherished patronage of the terror apparatus in their country after this barbaric Monday?
©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/