I could be next

Published: December 19, 2014

KARACHI: On December 16, militants stormed into a school in Peshawar, killing 148 people in cold blood.

Over 130 of the victims were students aged between 10 and 18.

The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) was quick to claim responsibility for what is possibly the most gruesome attack in the history of the country.

There were no hostages, no ransom and no demand for negotiations. Militants went from classroom to classroom, spraying bullets indiscriminately. Worse, they taunted children in one English class, lining up eight of them and shooting them in front of their class fellows; in another they set alight their teacher on fire. Students were asked to recite the kalma before their final breath, while some played dead to survive the second round of fire.

According to the military spokesperson, 1,099 children and staffers were registered at the school. Around 960 students and staffers were rescued; 23 children were found hiding behind the school building after the operation.

Students who survived recount how their day started ordinarily – English class and career counseling in the auditorium – and ended in a bloodbath; the main hall littered with bullets, blood and bodies.


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Reader Comments (13)

  • Fappy
    Dec 19, 2014 - 2:22AM

    What happened to Urdu? Elite much?


  • MQ
    Dec 19, 2014 - 5:20AM

    The last part gave me goosebumps. Powerful stuff from these kids


  • Mahdi
    Dec 19, 2014 - 7:09AM

    You could have written your sentiment in Urdu too. Just saying.


  • omar anis
    Dec 19, 2014 - 11:56AM

    its an english news paper,


  • pakistani
    Dec 19, 2014 - 2:16PM

    Very powerful message… Long live Pakistan….


  • pakistaniat
    Dec 19, 2014 - 2:17PM

    This is what was your conclusion from the message… grow up sir… its not about English or Urdu and now is not the time to even raise this point…


  • Fappy
    Dec 19, 2014 - 3:08PM

    @pakistaniat: IRONIC nickname! how many people speak English in Pakistan? it should ve been in Urdu so more people could understand. Grow up yourself.


  • Changezi
    Dec 19, 2014 - 3:56PM

    ET is an English newspaper. Those who visits this website speaks and understands English.
    Please take the message of this video, and get united against these monster, its not about speaking English or Urdu.
    best, C.


  • Adil
    Dec 19, 2014 - 4:36PM

    @fappy was that all you can think of after the video, sad. what have we become


  • Stranger
    Dec 19, 2014 - 5:05PM

    Remember this is an elite military school . So the use of English should not come as a surprise. I am not against Urdu but its common in the ‘upper’ echelons to speak in English .


  • Pakistaniat
    Dec 19, 2014 - 7:20PM

    Who comes to ET. People who can read and understand English. Too complicated to comprehend?


  • adnan ahmad
    Dec 20, 2014 - 1:48AM

    be responsible pakistan ,masacre of 148 childrens was not just a dream ,nor just a play,a bitter horrible and deep grieved over that masacre,its pushtunes who are always tortured ,why i have a question to ask from people of pakistan,why don,t they stand up how long will we tolerate that messs,,,,,,,


  • Dec 20, 2014 - 12:57PM

    It seems that the slaughter of children is a common theme in today’s world. Peshawar, Cairns, Sandy Hook and too many others to remember, too many others to feel guilty about. Too many others to have enough tears for.

    We need to take stock. If a belief is worthy of following, surely it should commend itself to our minds and hearts? If a belief is worthy of devotees, surely its strength must lie in its ability to appeal to our hearts? Is a system of belief that depends on terror, revenge, fear and intimidation, senseless killing of the defenceless and innocent- worthy of our adoration?

    Is what has happened the result of distortions of a belief system by opportunists who know that rule, riches and power can be achieved at the instigation of force and with the subjugation and harnessing of the religious instinct?

    Or has it happened because there is an inherent flaw in the system itself?

    Is there a belief system that honours a universal prerogative of not believing, that leaves a person with the dignity of their own conscience?


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