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Pakistan: When Children Fear to Learn

Akshan deAlwis | Posted 12.23.2014 | Impact
Akshan deAlwis

This "war against education" from the Taliban has effectively crippled the future of Pakistan, ensuring that the vast human potential of the nation will be going to waste. However, in the wake of the attack in Peshawar, there needs to be a concerted attempt by the state and people of Pakistan to reform and support the education system.

Benazir Bhutto -- The Muslim Leader Who Saw Jihadis Coming

Farahnaz Ispahani | Posted 12.23.2014 | World
Farahnaz Ispahani

Benazir Bhutto was assassinated by the jihadis on December 27, 2007 after addressing a rally where she repeated her warnings about the Taliban and other extremist groups. Today, events such as the recent massacre of school children in Peshawar, reflect what Bhutto was warning against. Extremist Islamist ideologues opposed her because as a western-educated Muslim woman leader she symbolized all that the jihadis hate.

Is There a Moses Basket for Persecuted Children?

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 12.22.2014 | World
Evelyn Leopold

The story is as old as the tale of Moses but to see it repeated and repeated is shocking - the deliberate killing of children for political or religious reasons.

Pakistan Hangs 4 Militants As Execution Campaign Widens

Reuters | Posted 12.22.2014 | World

By Syed Raza Hassan and Nadia Saleem ISLAMABAD, Dec 21 (Reuters) - Pakistan hanged four Islamist militants on Sunday in th...

Officials: U.S. Drone Strike In Pakistan Kills 5 Taliban Militants

AP | MUNIR AHMED | Posted 12.20.2014 | World

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A U.S. drone fired two missiles at militant hideout in northwestern Pakistan on Saturday, killing at least five Taliban fighters, t...

132 Dead Children: Only Obeying Orders

Shahid Mahmood | Posted 12.19.2014 | World
Shahid Mahmood

Pakistan should ensure these extremists never claim they are not guilty of these heinous charges. Killing children is never justified. "Only obeying orders" - divine or otherwise is simply not an excuse.

When Sole Military Action Is Not Enough!

Sameer Siddiqui | Posted 12.19.2014 | World
Sameer Siddiqui

Once the dust settles on the military response, we need to collectively learn as citizens of this 21st century that people different from us are not a binary 0 to our 1 or an off to our on switch

Pakistani Military Kills Dozens Of Militants In Retaliation For School Massacre

AP | REBECCA SANTANA and MUNIR AHMED | Posted 12.19.2014 | World

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan hanged two convicted militants Friday in the country's first executions in years, while warplanes and ground forces pounde...

Our Future Generations Will Never Forgive Us If We Do Not Act Now

Wasif Shakil | Posted 12.18.2014 | World
Wasif Shakil

The barbarous targeted attack on helpless children has done what a decade of terrorism couldn't -- Pakistan reacted venomously. The outpouring of grief for the victims and their families from across the country, the region and world has changed the very paradigm of how terrorism has been tackled by the government.

Sabrina Siddiqui

The Best Way To Help Pakistan After The School Attack Is To Donate To Education | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 12.18.2014 | Impact

WASHINGTON -- When terrorists stormed a school in Peshawar on Tuesday and killed 141 people, mostly children, it was both one of the deadliest attacks...

Carnage in Peshawar

S. Azmat Hassan | Posted 12.18.2014 | World
S. Azmat Hassan

The school attack is a moment of reckoning for the Pakistani government, and more so for the Pakistani army, which is a major player in Pakistani politics.

Sabrina Siddiqui

Pakistani Opposition Leader Ends 126-Day Protests, Calls For Unity Amid Peshawar School Attack | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 12.17.2014 | World

WASHINGTON -- With Pakistan reeling from a terrorist attack that killed 141 people, mostly children, opposition leader Imran Khan on Wednesday declare...

NBC News Producer's Children Were Inside School During Taliban Siege

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 12.17.2014 | Media

Mushtaq Yusufzai, an award-winning NBC News producer based in Pakistan, endured the most trying five hours of his career this week as Taliban militant...

A Sad Day for Children

Harry Leibowitz | Posted 12.17.2014 | Impact
Harry Leibowitz

Today we all should mourn with the Pakistani people, but tomorrow we, too, must rise up to support them and people of good will everywhere and try to put an end to using children as sacrifices to the bloodlust of terror.

School Shootings by Terrorists Fail to Achieve Their Political Goals

John A. Tures | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics
John A. Tures

We've been told that terrorism is hard to fight because while you can kill a person, it is hard to kill an idea. By the same token, terrorists can kill people, but also fail to destroy ideas.

Pakistan Must Discard its 'Good Taliban, Bad Taliban' Narrative

Beena Sarwar | Posted 12.18.2014 | World
Beena Sarwar

The Pakistani government has put off a decisive move against the Taliban due to 'lack of political consensus.

A Year to Remember: The Positives and Negatives

Amy Cooper | Posted 12.18.2014 | Impact
Amy Cooper

The year 2014 will stand out to us for a multitude of reasons. For me, what resonates the most is the highs and lows we experienced in our efforts to create gender equality in education worldwide.

Pakistan and the Tragedy of Our Time

Ethan Casey | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics
Ethan Casey

Moral and intellectual clarity about the world we live in are not compatible with self-exculpating glibness. Our adversaries' wrongness does not mean we are in the right. The substance of the terrorists' victory lies exactly in their success in having persuaded Western societies to empower our own authoritarian regimes.

Extremism's Innocent Victims: Children and Islam

Queen Rania of Jordan | Posted 12.17.2014 | World
Queen Rania of Jordan

Islam, my Islam, the Islam of 1.6 billion followers condemns the killing of children. It is a religion of peace, tolerance and mercy. So when extremists kill in the name of Islam, they distort our sacred religion and they hijack the identity of the moderate majority. Islam did not kill children yesterday. Evil, depraved monsters of men did.

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Hear From Defenseless Pakistani Children Attacked By The Taliban | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 12.17.2014 | World

The school day wasn't even halfway over when the fighters walked in with their guns. Several militants entered the campus through its lightly forti...

Pakistan's Tolerance of Jihadis Backfires Badly

Husain Haqqani | Posted 12.17.2014 | World
Husain Haqqani

The policy of allowing militant groups to operate on Pakistani soil has proved disastrous. The jihadi militants do not accept the neat divisions between global, regional and local conflicts. Once they are convinced of the righteousness of their cause, they are willing to fight and blow themselves up anywhere. Rising militancy coupled with a significant decline in the capacity of the state has enabled Pakistan-based jihadi groups to wreak havoc not only in India and Afghanistan but also in Pakistan and its friendly neighbors, Iran and China.

Nick Wing

12 Numbers That Show The Larger Tragedy Behind Pakistan's Devastating School Attack | Nick Wing | Posted 12.16.2014 | World

A group of Pakistani Taliban militants infiltrated a military-run school in Peshawar on Tuesday and opened fire on students and faculty. The resulting...

This Is The Group Behind The Brutal School Attack In Pakistan

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 12.16.2014 | World

The horrific siege on a school in Peshawar on Tuesday is the latest bloody attack by Pakistan's Taliban. The group claimed responsibility for the mass...

Afghan Taliban Condemn Attack On Pakistan School

Reuters | Posted 12.16.2014 | World

KABUL Dec 17 (Reuters) - The Afghanistan Taliban have condemned an attack by the Pakistani Taliban on a school in Pakistan that killed 141 people on...

Pakistan In Shock After School Attack That Killed More Than 100

The Huffington Post | Eline Gordts | Posted 12.16.2014 | World

In one of the worst terrorist attacks in Pakistan's history, militants belonging to the Pakistani Taliban on Tuesday launched a brazen attack on a mil...