By Fazal Rahman, Ph.D. January 24, 2016
Umar Mansoor (with long beard in the center) with the young attackers
This is a brief comment on the January 20, 2016 attack on the students and faculty of the Bacha Khan University (BKU) in Charsadda, Khyberpaktunkhwa (KPK) Province, in Pakistan, by four young militants of a Taliban faction, which is lead by Umar Mansoor, who also had masterminded the December 16, 2014 attack on Army Public School (APS) at Peshawar, in the same province, in which 150 students and faculty were killed and 121 wounded. Reports of figures for the BKU attack vary between 22 to 50 killed and dozens injured. All four of the young attackers from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) were also killed by the security forces. I had written an article on the APS attack with the following link, in which I analyzed the nature and causes of state and non-state terrorism, as well as the foundation of these in the US and NATO invasions and wars in South Asia. That analysis is also applicable to these problems in the Middle East and elsewhere. This comment should be read within the context and analysis of that earlier paper. As mentioned in that paper, thousands of people in the FATA-in which Umar Mansoor is a member of one of the tribes-have been killed and wounded in the Pakistani military operations and US drone attacks (actual figures, which are likely to be much higher, are not available, as journalists and others are not allowed in the attacked areas), and one million made homeless and internally displaced persons, and thousands fleeing to Afghanistan as refugees. Continue reading
Posted in Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan, vicious circles of violence
Tagged attacks on schools, attacks on universities, Bacha Khan University, Charsadda, FATA, Fazal Rahman Ph.D., Pakistan, Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, terrorism, TTP, Umar Mansoor
By Fazal Rahman, Ph.D. December 17, 2014
Pictures of six Taliban who attacked the Peshawar army-run school (Pictures released by Taliban). The mastermind of the attack on the school was Umar Mansoor, also known as Umar Naray (with long beard) , the Taliban military chief of the Dara Adam Khel tribal area, which is adjacent to Kohat.
Pictures of school Principal’s office and room of final gun battle.
As usual, most people and news media in the US and the West are fragmenting, abstracting, and condemning this incident one-sidedly, in isolated form and out of its historical context. Following are some of the relevant points to be included in any credible and truthful politico-economic or ethical conclusions, judgments, or feelings in this matter. Wars, all forms of terrorism, losses of lives, and destructions of the means of living are abhorable anywhere. However, it is necessary to move from the subjective and emotional into objective and rational and to place such incidents in their accurate historical, logical, and factual context, and see and analyze them within that developmental process. Only then one can hope to arrive at the objective truth of the matter. Continue reading
Posted in Pakistan, State terrorism, Terrorism
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