Pakistani teachers are now armed and enter classes carrying weapons. Students are taught to use weapons and defuse bombs by the police
A 12-year-old student solves a mathematical equation on a blackboard in an ordinary school. The teacher looks on with a serious expression, while the other students silently take notes. A Kalashnikov rifle and spare cartridge clips lie on the teacher’s desk. This is not a scene from some dystopian fantasy film, just a snapshot from a day in the life of an ordinary educational institution in Pakistan. Pakistani teachers are now armed and enter classes carrying weapons. Students are taught to use weapons and defuse bombs by the police. This is the result of a bloody attack by the Taliban on a school in Peshawar in the last days of 2014.
Of the victims ruthlessly slaughtered in this attack by the Taliban, 132 were innocent schoolchildren. The scale of this particular atrocity led to it being described as Pakistan’s September 11th. It was said to be a reprisal for Operation Zarb-e-Azb, initiated by the Pakistan army against Taliban militants in North Waziristan during the summer of 2014. This once again shows that violence leads to worse violence and bloodshed to further bloodshed. Pakistan is a country where acts of terror are common. There is nothing odd about Pakistani students receiving anti-terror training. However, equipping educational institutions with weapons is certainly not going to deter the Taliban, put an end to acts of terror or reduce the bloodshed. The radical terrorists who perpetrate such slaughter already intend to die and will not therefore be put off by armed teachers confronting them.
People who believe in the same God and the same prophets are slaughtering one another. They seek solutions through guns and bombs rather than through love, brotherhood and friendship. They are possessed by a spirit of hate, conflict and wrongdoing, which basically causes these incidents. Immediately after the school massacre, the Pakistan government announced a programme aimed against radical organisations. It established a 20 point plan known as the National Action Plan. The plan was intended to combat terror through harsh measures, military operations and executions. However, there was a crucial flaw in it — the plan focused on killing the mosquito rather than drying up its breeding swamps.