The first anniversary of the Peshawar school bombings
Schools across Pakistan were closed today because exactly one year ago, seven men affiliated with the militant group, Tehrik-i-Taliban, attacked the Army Public School in Peshawar, Pakistan. The terrorists entered the school and opened fire on staff and children. Media and government estimates on the number of dead differ, but at least 140 people were killed - including at least 130 schoolchildren. The children were between ages eight and eighteen. As a result of the attack, the Pakistani government lifted a six-year moratorium on the death penalty. Yesterday, Pakistan executed, by hanging, eight people convicted of murder. The deaths bring the total number of executions to 310 since Pakistan reinstated capital punishment. The UN, EU and human rights organizations have called on Pakistan to stop the hangings. We’ll remember the school attack and discuss capital punishment in Pakistan with Faisal Niaz Tirmizi, consul general of Pakistan in Chicago.
(Photo: Associated Press/Anjum Naveed)