Reactions to Bacha Khan University attack

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

On the morning of 20 January 2016, several gunmen opened fire at Bacha Khan University (Urdu: جامعہ باچاخان ‎) in an attack in Charsadda, Pakistan. It is located in the Charsadda District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. At least 22[1][2] people were killed and over 20 others were wounded.

It was second attack after APS attack in December 2014 on the educational institute by Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan. It gain widespread media both national and international attention.


Local Reactions[]

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who was in Zurich to attend the World Economic Forum, said: “I’m deeply grieved over the attack, and we are determined and resolved in our commitment to wipe out the menace of terrorism from our homeland.”[1] Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif reached Charsadda to boost the morale of the security personnel and took part in the operation.[1] A three-day mourning has been announced in the province by the Khyber Pakhtonkhwa government due to the attack.[2] Pakistan observed National day of mourning and vigil on following Thursday.[3]

Speaking from the university, former health minister Shaukat Ali Yousafzai said: “This is a frontline province. We are fighting Pakistan’s war in this province… The backs of terrorists have been broken and they are breathing their last. This stunt is an attempt to breathe life into their cause.”[1]

Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pervez Khattak urged the federal government to take up the matter of terrorism with Afghan government and also send the Afghan refugees back to their country to improve law and order[4] whom Pakistan have been hosting since 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.[5]


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