Terrorists have no religion, no conscience and no mercy. It has been proved time and again that one cannot relate an act of terrorism or a group of terrorists to a faith, tradition or section of society. The Pakistan School tragedy has proved this yet again, beyond any shadow of doubt. In this horrific attack, 132 students and 9 teachers/staff were killed in cold blood.
Had the special operation force not been able to rescue 960 out of a total of 1100 in a ferocious battle, the death toll could have been much higher. Many countries around the world have suffered from terrorism in the last 10-15 years, but Pakistan has made some of the greatest sacrifices in the fight against terror.
About 60,000 lives have been lost in Pakistan. Airports, courts, markets, mosques and schools have been targeted. Even a naval base, an air force base and GHQ, the Pakistani equivalent of the Pentagon, have been attacked.
While we continue the fight against terror, we must make certain things absolutely clear: that an act of terrorism is a crime against humanity; that terrorists are the enemies of humanity; that terrorists are simply criminals. They have no morals, no conscience, and no faith. Hence we must not relate them to any religion, faith or tradition.
On Friday December 19, 2014, PICNA held a vigil in Columbia, South Carolina (in partnership with Carolina Peace Resource Center) to show solidarity with the bereaved families and the Pakistani nation. People of different religions and races, young and old, from all sections of the society braved the cold weather. They stood in front of the State House, lit candles, prayed, and meditated to remember the 141 innocent victims.