Ministry of Education, Guyana

Wednesday, 17 December 2014 11:29

Education Ministry saddened by attack on Pakistani school

The Education Ministry has denounced the fatal attack on a school in Pakistan, calling it “horrendous”.

In a statement released hours after the school was attacked on Tuesday, the Ministry expressed its sadness over the unnecessary and violent deaths of so many innocent children, teachers and other staff members of the school.
Education Minister Priya Manickchand extended sympathy to all the grieving families and loved ones, as well as the Government and the people of Pakistan.
“Every child has the right to education and every effort should be made to help children avail themselves of education opportunities.
“This right to education should never be interfered with, least of all through violence and intimidation,” the Ministry underscored in the statement.
On Tuesday morning, gunmen from the Tehrik-i-Taliban (TTP) group stormed a military-run school in the north-western Pakistani city of Peshawar, killing at least 141 people of which 132 were children from Grades One to 10.
While an additional 121 students and three staff members were wounded during the attack. Some 1099 students and staff were registered at the school.
The attack began when the gunmen entered the school and started shooting at random.
Army commandos quickly arrived at the scene and started exchanging fire with the gunmen. Students wearing green school uniforms could be seen fleeing the area on Pakistani television.
Vulnerability
Meanwhile, Taliban militants have claimed responsibility for the attack, stating that they killed over a hundred children because their parents helped the US to take down a group that was protecting Al Qaeda.
TTP Commander Jihad Yar Wazir told a reporter from the Daily Beast that the group was ready for a long war against the “US puppet state of Pakistan”.
“We are just displaced, but we are still in positions to attack wherever we want,” Yar Wazir said.
Yar Wazir justified the killings as fitting retribution. “The parents of the army school are army soldiers and they are behind the massive killing of our kids and indiscriminate bombing in North and South Waziristan,” which are the TTP strongholds.
“To hurt them at their safe haven and homes – such an attack is perfect revenge,” he stated.
Yar Wazir says the TTP has a long list of attacks that it will carry out in Pakistan against the security forces, whose efforts to crush the group are supported by the United States.
The regions where it is strong have served as a refuge for al Qaeda, which is the main American target.
This violent attack underscores the vulnerability of Pakistani schools, which was dramatically exposed in the attack two years ago on Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani girl shot in the head by a Taliban gunman outside her school in the Swat Valley for daring to speak up about girls’ rights.
She survived, became a Nobel Prize laureate and global advocate for girls’ education, but out of security concerns has never returned to Pakistan.

Source: Guyana Times

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