CHILDREN LIVING UNDER TERROR IN PAKISTAN- (AUGUST REPORT)

INTRODUCTION:

The over-all law-in-order and terrorist related violence continue to affect the children and women of Pakistan.  According to a report, 3, 898 people including children and women were killed in terrorist violence in the first seven months of this year. According to Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP), more than 450 mutilated bodies were recovered and 1300 persons are missing during the last four years in different parts of Baluchistan Province. According to Madadgar, a Karachi-based Non-Governmental organization, 136 children were reported to be missing in Pakistan in the first 6 months of this year.

Institut de recherche et d’études stratégiques de Khyber (IRESK),  a partner of International Alliance against Terrorism (IAAT) express its deep concern and condemn the continuing atrocities and terrorism on children in Pakistan particularly in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). Children and the schools have been the prime target of the terrorists who leave no stone unturned to achieve their heinous objectives.

Just like the previous months the month of August was marred by violence and terrorism. More than 14 children have been killed and 24 injured in different terrorist incidents. Nearly 8 schools were destroyed in the North West Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province. These statistics reported and verified represent a tip of an ice-berg as most of the areas controlled by the Taliban and other Jihadist elements have not been accessible to media and civil society associations. Ironically, the regions most affected by terrorism like FATA have been subject to complete news-black-out by the government of Pakistan: barring the local and foreign journalists to enter and report on this region.  Consequently, both terrorists and military are killing innocent children and women with indiscriminate use of mortar shellings, artillery fires and jet-bombers.

Worst of all,  the polio-vaccination-ban imposed by pro-government Taliban in North and South Waziristan tribal districts of Pakistan, continue to threaten the lives of our children. The situation is deteriorating in other areas of Pakistan too due to covert connivance of the government as indicated by a WHO report that 313, 386 children could not be vaccinated in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province. To add salt to the miseries of the children,  the government of Pakistan on September 6, 2012, ordered all the foreign staff of SAVE THE CHILDREN to leave the country, which will badly affect the health and welfare of the children in Pakistan. The International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) has terminated its activities in Balochistan, FATA and Khyber Pakhtukhwa after attacks on its personnel. The abductions, torture and killing of children is a well-know curse in Pakistan, but the terrorists have opened a new front by  bombing and destroying the schools and hospitals depriving the children of education and health. Accoridng to an official of the Ministry of Education nearly 3,400 schools have been destroyed by terrorists and natural desasters in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province.

The highly controversial case of  blasphemy by an 11 year old Christian girl, Rimsha Masih is another eye opener for the International Community of rising intolerance, violence and terror on children, where a prayer leader supposedly mixed the pages from Quran in the already burnt pages in order  to implicate and accuse the girl of blasphemy. It is obvious that the extremist religious leaders are systematically using this widely controversial law to settle personal scores and evict the minorities in Pakistan from areas dominated by Muslim majority. Now, even the children are not spared from these fanatics. There is serious need for reforming or/and annulling this law: hanging like a sword over the minorities. We demand the government o Pakistan  that this innocent girl should be released and fully protected from religiously instigated mobs who believe in vigilante justice and consider themselves to be above the law.

We request the UNICEF and UN Security Council to put pressure on the Government of Pakistan and all the parties (including Taliban) to respect the relevant UN and Security Council resolutions for the protection of the children and face consequences in case of failure.

CHILDREN VICTIMS OF TERRORISM:

Date-wise analysis of the terrorist attacks on children, educational and health personnel  killed and injured in the month of August is as under:

01-08-2012

a)      An educationist, Ghulam Syed, who had led an armed lashkar against militants, was shot dead by unidentified assailants when he was going to his school at Lagharai Thal area in Lower Dir District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

03-08-2012

Two bullet-riddled dead bodies including a boy Ali Haider, (17), were found from Ahmed Shah Bukhari Road within the precincts of Kalri Police Station.

05-08-2012

Five people, including two children and a woman, were killed while ten others were injured in a car explosion that occurred at a house located in Faizabad area on Sariab Road in Quetta.

09-08-2012

A house and a private clinic were damaged when a powerful improvised explosive device exploded at Scheme Chowk in the limits of Badhber Police Station in Peshawar.

13-08-2012

A trader identified as Hasnain (40) and his son Qadir (11), suffered bullet injures in the SITE-B Police remits. Police said that the attack was an attempted target killing.

17-08-2012

Four bodies, including that of a father and son, were found in Yakh Ghund area of Mohmand Agency. According to political administration in Mohmand, the deceased were identified as Jannat Khan, his son Zahir and two relatives named Dedan and Ahsanullah.

22-08-2012

a)      Four children were injured in a hand-grenade blast in Matta tehsil in Swat district on Wednesday, local sources said. The sources said a group of children were grazing cattle in Dheri area of Matta tehsil when they found a hand-grenade near an abandoned checkpost of the security forces and mistook it for a toy. As soon as they picked up the grenade, it exploded and injured four children, they added. They included seven years old Wahid, Samiullah aged 9, Samreen, 13, and 11-year old Zakira.

b)       At least 10 persons, including children and women, got injured in mortar shelling in Shalobar area of Bara tehsil in Khyber Agency of FATA.

c)        As many as two passersby were killed and 16 others, including five women and four children, were critically injured when a remote-controlled bomb went off near Musa Colony on Sariab Road in Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan.

d)       The decomposed corpse of a young 11 year old boy with torture marks  and the stabbed body of a woman were found from two different place.
The stabbed body of Mira Mai, 35, wife of Abdul Majid, was found in the bushes near Chotia Maidan close to the old Airport. Her body was shifted to the JPMC for legal formalities.

e)      At least 10 people, including children and women, got injured in mortar shelling in Shalobar area of Bara Tehsil.

25-08-2012

a)      One child died and two injured along with a woman in shelling by Talibans near a border village of Jandol in Mohmand Agency.

b)      Seven persons were killed and eight others, including women and children, injured when two mortar shells hit a house in the militancy-hit Bara region of Khyber district on Saturday, residents and administration officials said.

c)        Seven persons belonging to one family were killed and eight others, including women and children, were injured when two mortar shells hit a house in Qambarkhel area of Bara region in Khyber Agency.

d)       Unidentified armed militants shot and injured a doctor, identified as Dotor Iqbal in Turbat District.

26-08-2012
Eight youth including children were killed while seven others injured when two mortar shells fired from an unidentified location hit a hujra and playground in Qamberabad area of Bara in Khyber.27-08-2012a)      Three men, identified as Habibullah, Muhammad Ali and Mustafa, belonging to Hazara community were shot dead and two others, including a two-year-old child passing by, sustained critical injuries in a sectarian attack at Killi Mubarak Chowk on Spiny Road in Quetta.

b)      Local administration recovered the dead body of a youth, identified as Muhammad Zakira, from Gorpad area of Kalat District. The victim had gone missing from Kalat area three days earlier.

28-08-2012

Unidentified gunmen ambushed a car in Amphary in Gilgit, leaving a 16-year-old girl and an infant wounded.

29-08-2012

a)      A 7 year old child was injured in firing by unidentified persons in Sorab Bazar area of  Qalat district of Baluchistan.

30-08-2012

Tehrke-e Talian Pakistan, has claimed the responsibility for the terrorist attack on a private clinic in the garrison city of Rawalpindi and warned of more attacks.

31-08-2012

a)    Two boys named Bilal 16 and Tayyab 14 were killed in a bomb blast in Matani Bazar, a small town close to Peshawar in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

b)    A tortured body of a boy Mehmood 18 was recovered from the vicinity of Hamdard University in Mangopir, Karachi.

 

ATTACKS ON SCHOOLS:

According to Information received and verified by IRSK, nearly 8 schools were destroyed by bombings in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Date-wise analysis of terrorist attacks on schools in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province is as under:

01-08-2012

a)       Militants blew up two Government primary schools in Haji Abdur Rahim Cheenari area and Khazeena area of Safi tehsil in Mohmand Agency. As a result, both the schools were destroyed completely.

b)       A public sector educational institution for boys was blown up by unidentified militants in Kadi area of Swabi District.

09-08-2012

Militants blew up a government-run Primary School in Mattan Kor of Yakaghund area in Mohmand Agency.

15-08-2012

Unidentified militants blew up the building of a Government school at Katbano village in Mardan District. The structure and outer wall of the building were damaged.

20-08-2012

The Government Higher Secondary School for girls located in Dab Kot village, South Waziristan Agency of FATA, was blown up when explosive materials planted near the building detonated.

28-08-2012

Unidentified militants blew up an under-construction Government girls’ higher second school in Dagai area of Swabi District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

29-08-2012

The militants blew up a government school for girls in the limits of Kalu Khan Police Station on Tuesday, police said. They said the militants had planted two explosive devices in the veranda of under-construction building of the Government Girls’ High School Dagai and the explosions took place in quick succession at around 2:00am.

CONCLUTION :

IRESK, wants to bring the attention of the UN Working group, expected to visit Pakistan this month, towards the gross violation of human rights in Pakistan, particularly the terror attacks conducted against the children and women.

We request the working Group to take note of the attack on children and put pressure on Pakistan and other Parties to the conflict to stop killing children, bombing schools and depriving them of their basic health needs.

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  1. Brittany Byrne

    So sad to see real reports of violence around the world – especially on young children. There’s this organization called reload love that helps children affected by violence that my friend is a part of, check it out if you guys have time reloadlove.com

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