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Not '2 minute silence', take strong action against terrorism

Rishabh Madhavendra Pratap rsb1444

Updated: December 17, 2014, 6:36 PM IST
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Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan's December 16 strike on Army Public School and College of Peshawar in which 133 school children were massacred has left not only people who are affected by such incidents but even those who have sympathised with terror group till now in shock.

To someone like me with a defence background and someone who have seen people losing their lives in terror attacks over years, the Tuesday strike refreshed all those memories I always wanted to leave behind.

Just imagine the scars that have been left on those children. What affect would have this strike left on small school going children? Pulling out students from the classroom to shoot them? What sort of barbarianism is this and which religion permits such brutality?

Sitting in the newsroom, tracking the rising death toll of the innocent students and looking at the footage of those soaked in blood took me 15 years back when on one similar day my father's convoy was attacked leaving many known to me dead, and the feeling left me restless. The terror attacks on security forces' families is not a new phenomena and the Peshawar strike may be most brutal but not an isolated incident. Terror groups exhibiting their inhuman face have struck the forces in this manner a number of times but this incident crossed all limits.

A picture shared on social media with the message - "The weight of coffins are always heavy but the heaviest is the smallest coffin" - says it all. Killing innocent students shows that the so called guardians of Jihad have no religion or values but are only enemies of humanity.

I don't know anyone who died in Tuesday's attack but one common thing I share with people is the pain they felt.

A '2 minute silence' or just criticising such incidence is no solution and the time has come that instead of using such groups for political benefits, all the countries should come together to suppress these terror outfits in the most ruthless manner possible.

A strong message should be sent so that no innocent will lose his parents in such attacks and no father carries his beloved child on his shoulders to the graveyard.
First Published: December 17, 2014, 6:36 PM IST

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