Kabul University students slam Charsadda massacre
KABUL (Pajhwok): Kabul University students and civil society members have vehemently condemned the attack on the Bacha Khan University in the Charsadda district of Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
On January 20, when the Bacha Khan University came under attack from the Taliban insurgents, 21 people were killed and more than 30 others injured, some seriously.
In a show of solidarity with their Pakistani counterparts, students, teachers, journalists and civil society members gathered in front of the Kabul University gate and held a candlelight vigil in the memory of victims.
The participants, holding placards, chanted slogans against the attack. The placards were inscribed with slogans “Bacha Khan is the only symbol of peace in the region”…… “I am Hamid Hussain” and “There are no good or bad Taliban”.
One civil society member, Noorullah Nawai, said: “I feel deep sorrow for the victims. It is really shocking. We must come out against this barbaric act and condemn it. “We are proud of Bacha Khan’s philosophy of non-violence.”
A Pashto department student, Amin Pacha, also hailed Bacha Khan as the real hero in Pakhtun history. The attack on the university was an attack on Afghan history and culture, he commented, demanding the prosecution of the assailants.
Journalist Zafar Karimi called for an all-out offensive against the terrorists. “It is unfortunate that after more than three decades of war, we are still looking for peace. The war has proved disastrous for the Afghans.”
The militants had started targeting educational institutions to keep Pashtun backwards and ignorant, he alleged, saying every conscious Afghan must condemn the attack on BKU.
Writer and civil society activist, Abaseen Baryaal, said since terrorism could not flourish in an educated society, the extremists had started attacking modern education. He saw powerful hands behind the heinous act.
He blamed Pakistan-sponsored terrorists for the assault, rejecting as ridiculous Islamabad’s claim that the attack was plotted in Afghanistan and handled from there.
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