Taliban: Will attack all schools in Pakistan

Taliban faction behind Bacha Khan attack vowed to target all educational institutions across the country and, in its recent video, called them ‘nurseries’ for people who challenge Allah’s laws

Islamabad: The mastermind of Pakistan’s deadly attack on Bacha Khan University yesterday threatened to target more educational institutions, which he said were “nurseries that produced apostates”.

Pakistani activists shout slogans against the attack. Pic/AFP
Pakistani activists shout slogans against the attack. Pic/AFP

In a video message, Taliban leader Umar Mansoor condemned the prevailing educational system.

“We have started the process of attacking educational institutions,” he said in about a 10-minute video posted on Facebook. The video is in Pushto with Urdu sub-titles, showing Mansoor flanked by armed men.

A still from a video released by Taliban yesterday showing their leader Khalifa Umar Mansoor (centre) with militants. Pic/AFP
A still from a video released by Taliban yesterday showing their leader Khalifa Umar Mansoor (centre) with militants. Pic/AFP

“Pakistan’s entire system is that of infidels... we will change it. We will continue to attack schools, colleges and universities across Pakistan as these are the foundations that produce apostates. We will target and demolish the foundations,” he said.

Mansoor said instead of targeting professional soldiers, “we will target the nurseries that produce these people”.

The university attack killed 21, mostly students, while the security forces gunned down four attackers.

Take swift action: Pak to Afghanistan
Pakistan has asked the Government of Afghanistan to take swift action against the mastermind of Bacha Khan University attack after the initial investigation into the incident confirmed that it had been orchestrated from across the border.

Pakistan’s Army chief General Raheel Sharif called Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, Chief Executive Dr Abdullah Abdullah and Commander Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan General John Campbell to share details of Pakistani investigations.

'Kill extremism to defeat terrorists'
As long as Pakistan fails to “kill” the extremist ideology that presents Islam under siege and India and the US being responsible for its afflictions, Islamabad can not defeat terrorism, a top US scholar has said.

Michael Kugelman, of Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars, said until Pakistan is willing to make life more difficult for extremists operating within the country, ordinary Pakistanis will continue to suffer tragedies like the one that recently struck a university in the country.

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