The Taliban needs to explain how murdering children is a good thing for Islam


Originally posted on Quartz:

Seven armed militants attacked the Army Public School in Peshawar on Tuesday. They jumped a wall, and systematically shot at students – children – in classroom after classroom. The current death toll is at 148, but the numbers continue to rise.

A spokesperson for the Pakistani Taliban called in gleefully once the attack had begun. He said it was in response to the military’s continuing operation against militants in North Waziristan. “We selected the army’s school for the attack because the government is targeting our families and females,” said Taliban spokesman Muhammad Umar Khorasani. “We want them to feel the pain.”

The children’s parents and the military are feeling the pain, so is the nation, and so are other nations, because the assault on people’s collective conscience by the mass murder of children is not confined to institutions or nations.

But no amount of pain caused can mitigate the damage…

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Six years after 26/11, India remains a hotbed of terror


Originally posted on Quartz:

Six years ago, 10 Pakistani militants arrived in Mumbai by sea and laid siege to the country’s financial capital, killing over 150 people, unsettling millions and adding yet another chapter to India’s bloody tome of terrorist violence.

Thankfully, the country hasn’t faced another attack of the scale and intensity of 26/11 since 2008—but India continues to remain one of the worst terrorism-afflicted nations in the world.

A study by the Institute of Economics and Peace (pdf) ranks India sixth on the Global Terrorism Index—behind Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nigeria and Syria.

The report defines terrorism as “the threatened or actual use of  illegal force and violence by a non-state actor to attain a  political, economic, religious, or social goal through fear, coercion, or intimidation.”

The index analyses the direct and indirect impact of terrorism in 162 countries, including factors such as lives lost, injuries, property damage and the psychological effects of terrorism.

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While the number…

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Pakistan: Persecution News Update


The links below are to articles reporting on persecution news from Pakistan (latest articles are at the bottom – earliest at top).

For more visit:
- http://www.crossmap.com/news/blasphemy-case-against-55-pakistani-christians-discharged-12798
- http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2014/10/15/persecuted-christian-will-pakistan-asia-bibi-be-killed-for-alleged-blasphemy/
- http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/in-expansive-pakistan-christians-cannot-find-space-to-bury-their-dead/2014/10/17/1de012e2-547d-11e4-892e-602188e70e9c_story.html
- https://www.worldwatchmonitor.org/2014/10/3430018/
- http://blog.opendoorsusa.org/10-asia-bibi-christian-woman-sentenced-death-pakistan/

Pakistan: Persecution News Update


The link below is to an article reporting on persecution news from Pakistan.

For more visit:
http://www.christiantelegraph.com/issue25091.html

Pakistan: Persecution News Update


The link below is to an article reporting on persecution news from Pakistan.

For more visit:
http://www.crossmap.com/news/amidst-political-turmoil-continuing-blasphemy-charges-for-pakistani-christians-12598