Pakistan has frequently been a victim of terrorist attacks. Another reprehensible assault took place in Bacha Khan University, Charsadda 30 miles away from Peshawar city. This incident took place when hundreds of students were present in the morning to commemorate the 28th death anniversary of Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan, a popular ethnic Pashtun independence activist after whom university is named. The assault believed to be concluded by the same group, Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP), who attacked an army public school in Peshawar 14 months ago.
At about 9:30 am, four militant using thick morning fog, crossed the wall of the university and opened fire on students and teachers in classrooms and hostels. Security force arrived immediately and gun battle continued for six hours.
As per the reports, at least 25 people died and several injured in this massacre. Naseer, a 23 year old student, said he counted more than 50 bodies and saw gunmen shooting male and female students without discriminating. “They were directly shooting at the head of the students,” he said. One student said to the reporters, “We saw three terrorist shouting, Allah uh Akbar (God is Great) and rushing towards the stairs of our department and one student jumped out of the classroom through the window. We never saw him get up.”
Syed Hamid Husain, a chemistry lecturer, fought back to terrorist to save students and got himself shot. A TTP commander told in the afternoon that the attack was a retaliation for the military operation against TTP.
However, the main spokesman of TTP denied that and said, “This is un-islamic and against the Shariah law.” Despite the conflicting statements from the group, analysts said the attack is probably the work of TTP.
The number of terrorist attacks is increasing and they are more focusing on soft targets. Last week, extremists targeted a tourist in Istanbul, UN office and a coffee shop in Jakarta, Indonesia and a restaurant in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso.
Also number of terrorist attack on educational institute is increasing in recent years. In April, Somalia based al-Shabab attacked on a university in northern Kenya and killed nearly 150 people.
Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, condemned this attack and said, “Those who kill students and civilians have no religion.” “We are determined and resolved in our commitment to wipe out the threat of terrorism from our homeland,” he added.
Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi offered condolences to families of the deceased. “Strongly condemn the terror attack at Bacha Khan University in Pakistan. Condolences to families of the deceased. Prayers with the injured,” he said in a tweet.