In Pakistan, many attacks have happened on education. Even in a conflict setting it is considered inhumane to attack the children, but why is this rule not followed by extremists of Pakistan and how successful are they in their purpose for which they attack schools?
They consider Armed forces their enemy, they do know that they maybe cannot outnumber them in a normal war due to lack of resources. They also have some grievances against armed forces on how they have harmed their families. The attack on Army Public School Peshawar is a perfect example for this. Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) took full responsibility of the attack and mentioned it the revenge for operations happening in Waziristan, where Taliban's claimed that Military has harmed their families and they want them to feel the pain.
“We selected the army's school for the attack because the government is targeting our families and females,” said Taliban spokesman Muhammad Umar Khorasani
There are many negative consequences attached to these attacks for students. I being a person who had studied in Army Public school for more than 10 years when heard about the attack on APS back in 2014, the state of mind me or many of my fellows were, probably cannot be described. Seeing your friends on television screen whom you once shared benches with or friends who you played with covered in blood is not something you would want to see in your life. What those children and their parents went through still bring tears in my eyes to this day.
Saying this, students don't let these attacks demotivate them. Many students were sad but everyone had a sense of positivity that in no way we are going to let this affect our education, we are going to go to schools and continue our studies. I remember the day this attack happened, the next day all branches of APS were open and the attendance was full.
From all this I learnt that no matter whatever tactics the terrorists use to hinder the education of students, students get more strength and motivation to work hard and attend school.