Quoting the lines from a famous poem of Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore, Aafia Movement leader Dr Fowzia Siddiqui said let us light our lamps and never debate if it will help to remove the darkness.
She was speaking at a demo in front of Karachi Press Club (KPC) to condemn the killing of innocent schoolchildren in yesterday’s massacre in Peshawar school. She said the massacre of innocent children is Peshawar is the darkest chapter of the history of Pakistan. She said our hearts bleed, but we are determined to defeat the terrorists. He said our students are our hope and this hope cannot be defeated with guns and bullets.
She expressed her heartfelt condolence to the bereaved mothers, saying being a mother herself she feels the pain of the mothers of the martyred children. She said she is also a sister of Pakistani mother Dr Aafia Siddiqui, a staunch supporter of education in Pakistan, who is presently in a US jail for a crime she never committed. She said whole Pakistani nation is with the bereaved families as the Peshawar tragedy is in fact a national tragedy. She said civil society in whole world has been condemning this massacre and whole Pakistan is mourning the deaths of our innocent children.
Dr Fowzia Siddiqui demanded of the government to take serious steps to eradicate violence and terrorism from the country. She said the government should ensure to uphold the law and constitution and safeguard the fundamental rights and liberties of people, as this is the only way to introduce uphold of law in our country and lay a solid foundation for a civilized and broadminded society.