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Peshawar: Social Justice, Not Terror

We are shocked and sad, but re-affirm our commitment with the people of Pakistan.

They say the heaviest coffins are the smallest.  And 132 families, their neighbours, the city of Peshawar, and the whole world experienced this heavy load on 16th December 2014 when the militants from Tehreek-e-Taliban (Pakistan’s Taliban) opened fire on the Army School and killed 148 people, including 132 children.  

The assault was the deadliest Taliban attack ever in Pakistan. The Pakistani Taliban said the school attack was revenge for the offensive against them and they accused the military of killing civilians in remote areas where journalists are forbidden to go.

Since the bloodshed at the school, the government has promised that Pakistan will not discriminate between good Taliban and bad Taliban. The government has also announced that it will rescind an unofficial moratorium on the death penalty. Late on 18th night, the military announced it would sign death warrants for six fighters.

Ending Child Marriage: A View from Pakistan

Girls are ready for marriage the moment they reach puberty. That's the pronouncement of one of Pakistan's most influential religious and constitutional bodies, the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII), which has also declared that banning child marriage is anti-Islamic.

But the CII's controversial statements should not detract from the progress being made in addressing child marriage in Pakistan, writes GCAP Global Council member Mohammad Zia-ur-Rehman.

In an article first published in The Guardian, Zia explains that a law passed unanimously in Sindh Province - which prevents marriage for youth under the age of 18, irrespective of gender, and which punishes those who faciliate these unions - could pave the way for similar actions in other provinces and at the national level.

 

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