London, Jan 6: As Malala, the Pakistani schoolgirl who was injured by the Taliban in October, leaves hospital in Britain, extremists continue their murderous campaign by turning their guns on health workers and teachers.
For teachers and health workers serving in the village of Sher Afzal Banda in Pakistan, there were few things more mundane than their daily return journey to work.
According to the Guardian, the appalling incident has raised fresh alarm about the growing willingness of Pakistan’s increasingly brutal militants to attack civilians.
One victim, a male nurse called Umjad Ali, had even moved home from his employment in Karachi after his family feared for his safety in the strife-torn coastal megalopolis.
In one apparent act of mercy, one of the men pulled a health worker’s four-year-old son, Ehsan Shehzad, out of the vehicle and threw him into a field after she begged that he be spared.
According to the report, in a part of the world where people hate to break the worst possible news over the phone, relatives of the six women and one man eventually received calls saying their wives and daughters were “seriously hurt” and they should come immediately.
On Friday police claimed that one of the culprits blew himself up after the police attempted to arrest him.
The incident in Swabi comes after the killing of nine people working on UN-backed anti-polio vaccination teams during a string of attacks last month.
In October, Malala Yousafzai, a schoolgirl from the nearby district of Swat, survived being shot in the head by a Taliban gunman, who objected to her fight for girls to be educated.
According to the report, for the time being, the people of Sher Afzal Banda are defiant. Local residents said that they want the school to be reopened as soon as possible.
Javed Akhtar, executive director of Support With Working Solutions (SWWS), is considering hiring armed guards for his staff.
Like most humanitarian workers, he hates the idea of using guns, but sees no alternative. But he fears more trouble.
As in nearby Swat, the people of Swabi have a strong commitment to educating their daughters and the district boasts a high female literacy rate.
He said that Malala survived, she was discharged from hospital – that is a big defeat for them. They now want revenge, they want to kill many Malalas. (ANI)