Guerrilla fighters of the Indian Special Frontier Force (SFF) in 1971. The SFF was founded in the early 1960s and raised mostly from Tibetan refugees who had fled into India. Originally envisioned for use against China in the event of a future conflict, the 9,000 man force first saw significant action during the 1971 War, deploying in the Chittagong Hill Tracts on the eastern border of Bangladesh, and engaging in clandestine operations beginning in November (prior to official involvement of India in the war).
A Pakistani Army OH-13(S) prepares to evacuate a casualty in the Rann of Kutch during the 1965 Indo-Pakistani War. Although phasing out of use with the US military, 18 examples of the OH-13(S) was sold to Pakistan beginning in 1964, and they had just begun to go operational when war broke out a year later.
“This surely is enough to wake up the whole nation,” said Maj. Gen. Bajwa. “We will go after all the terrorists and their sympathizers, abetters, and facilitators. Until we get them all, this will not end.”
Abdur Rahman, who heads an ambulance crew for a charity, arrived at the scene within half an hour of the start of the attack and said he saw bodies being thrown out of windows.
“The dead children we transported were shot in the head and in the face, some in the eye, as if the gun was close to them,” he said.
“The children who were injured had gunshot wounds on the back of their legs and arms. They were in shock, but told us they were hit as they ran away from the attackers.”
Most of the students managed to flee the compound, according to the Pakistani military. More injured people were being brought to hospital hours after the assault began.
“They have attacked funerals and mosques, for them there is no limit. They are operating outside human values,” said Mehmood Shah, a retired security official in Peshawar. “They want to terrorize the population into submission.”
Muhammad Mahmood Alam (known as “M.M. Alam”; born Muhammad Mahmud Alam; 6 July 1935 – 18 March 2013) was a Pakistani fighter pilot, North American F-86 SabreFlying ace and one-star general who served with the Pakistan Air Force. Squadron Leader Muhammad Mahmud Alam, Commander of No 11 Squadron, was already a notable leader and highly experienced pilot in 1965, when he was awarded the Sitara-e-Jurat (“The star of courage”), a Pakistani military decoration, for his actions during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965. In earning his decorations, Alam downed five Indian aircraft in less than a minute — the first four within 30 seconds — establishing a world record. He also excelled in gunnery competition, a skill that without a doubt contributed greatly to his becoming the first and the only jet ace in one mission.
Mukti Bahini guerrilla fighters in East Pakistan. This Bengali liberation group was the driving force of the fight for independence from West Pakistan, forming in early 1971. The first phase of the Bangladesh Liberation War was marked by brutal suppression of the uprising by the Pakistani military, including genocide of the Bengali population. The massive refugee crisis, which saw millions fleeing into India, would be one of the factors which led to eventual Indian involvement near the end of the year, followed by a speedy collapse of Pakistani operations, and victory for the Mukti Bahini cause.
All of you tweeting #PrayForPakistan now, where were you when Lashkar-e-Jhangvi vowed to “cleanse” Pakistan of its Shia minority? Where were you when more than 200 terrorist attacks were carried out last year alone, killing 700 and wounding thousands more? Where were you when a Shia infant waskilled this year and had stones thrown at her family during her funeral procession? Where were you when the Hazara community was terrorized to the point where they ran out of space to bury their dead and had a massive protest in freezing temperatures? Where were you when the government ignored their demands and they had to make mass graves for all of their loved ones?
Don’t just care about us now that we have our own hashtag trending on Twitter. We all know the drill by now. You tweet or blog about us for a day (or a 3, if we are lucky) and then forget about us. We deserve more than that.
Pakistan doesn’t just need your prayers and support now. It has needed them for the past 14 years and will continue needing them till all the terrorist groups are dismantled.
I am shocked and appalled by everything that’s going on in Pakistan right now, especially what happened today. I hope those little angels rest in peace and the international community finally lifts its veil of silence towards the persecution of all minority groups in Pakistan and towards all the terrorists who carry them out.
(PS forgive me if this was too Shia-centric, but believe me when I say no group of minorities in Pakistan are having fun. Also, this massacre was supposedly carried out by the Taliban to target the Pakistani military. Important to keep this in mind.)