At a time of incredible challenge and difficulty facing the people of Pakistan following the devastating monsoon floods, as well as the impact of the global economic crisis, one would have hoped that the minority groups responsible for recent violent activities would have laid aside their grievances and pledged their support and commitment to help their fellow country men, women and children in need. Unfortunately, it would appear that no sooner have the monsoon waters begun to recede than these groups feel that they can continue to heap misery and suffering on those around them.
Global March condemns the suicide car bombing on 6 September 2010 in north-west Pakistan. According to BBC news reports, four school children were among 19 people killed and 40 wounded in the attack in Lakki Marwat town, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province while they were on their way to school. The bomber rammed the vehicle into a police station after reportedly hitting a school van.
Books and a school-bag could be seen in the wreckage and the dead included 11 police officers. In addition, more than 100 people died in attacks on Shia Muslims in Pakistan last week, as violence resumed after flooding. The Pakistani Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attacks.
“It seems so unbelievable that such indiscriminate and senseless attacks should be carried out at all, but more so after the terrible devastation and human suffering caused by the recent flooding,” said Global March Executive Director Nick Grisewood. “We have just published a special bulletin on Pakistan on our web site in which we refer to the crucial importance of education in the reconstruction process and now we learn that four children have lost their lives as they made their way to school. We condemn this attack and we call on those responsible to seek meaningful dialogue through other channels of communication and without resorting to any further violence.”