Interfaith Youth in Action / World Faith Pakistan has also raised voice against Peshawar school massacre in which Taliban militants killed 132 children and nine staff.
25 students, mostly from colleges and universities, participated in a protest called by IYA/YDF marking the first day of mourning after seven gunmen raided Army Public School on Dec 16 in Peshawar and opened fire on the students assembled in the auditorium. Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan claimed the attack was justified because the Pakistani army had long been killing innocent children and families of their fighters.
“There are no words to comment on this cruelty. We are dead as a nation,” said an emotionally charged Warda Javed Cheema at the Liberty Chowk demonstration in Lahore. “We know Islam, we are being taught about its principles since childhood and there is no justification for killing innocent children. We demand ultimate punishment for Taliban.”
Holding a Pakistani flag in a cold evening, Warda she was among young protestors who carried placards stating “black day”, “we condemn this cowardice act” and “we demand peace”. Later all placed candles near flower bouquets on the grassy ground at the conclusion of two hour protest.
Shakeel Salamat, a Catholic, also brought his three other friends at the demonstration. “Everywhere you go people are talking about this. We are all saddened by this barbaric act and our hearts are heavy this Christmas. We demand ultimate punishment for these terror groups and people who share similar thinking ”, he said.
Shahid Ghouri, who founded IYA/YDF in five years ago, demanded immediate action on part of the government. “Our society is plagued with extremism and intolerance. There can be no compensation for the loss of grieving parents,” he added. For months our news channels focused on political rivalries; the ongoing army operation could have started years ago.