(Voice of the Persecuted)Deeply saddened, we are still learning the magnitude of the slaughter of innocents in Pakistan, yesterday. A Taliban revenge attack for a military offensive against their safe havens. Reports claim that 148 have been killed and over 130 were children. And many were wounded. Since early yesterday morning, we have sat crying and praying for the survivors and victims of the Peshawar Army school attack. This is also the same city where a Taliban suicide bombing killed nearly 100 people after a church service at the All Saints Church in September 2013.
In agreement with this statement by Franklin Graham. “What kind of evil perpetrates this kind of crime?”
He also said,
“We pray that God will comfort the families and that they would know the hope that is only found in Jesus Christ. We long for the second coming of the Lord Jesus, when he will gather those who follow Him. “And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away” (Revelation 21:4, NKJV)“
We have spoken with our contacts in Pakistan and one Christian forced to flee the nation due to extreme persecution. They describe an emotional roller coaster upon hearing the news. Grief, anger, revenge, shock and disbelief felt all at once. They are asking the same question over and over, “Why?”
The attack has brought international outcry from France, Britain, and the US.
Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Sharif visited Peshawar and said,
“My children have been targeted in the tragedy. He said the loss of innocent children is the loss of the nation.”
He also directed his Ministers to coordinate rescue operations and instructed them to secure the safety of the children at all costs.
Muhammad Sarwar Governor of Punjab said,
“I strongly condemn the attack on school children in Peshawar and offer my heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families. It is heart-rendering to see innocent lives being so brutally targeted. The barbarians will surely be brought to justice for such a callous act. This remorseful incident is a national tragedy and those who concocted this heinous plan are the murderers of humanity.”
And Maj. Gen. Asim Bajwa told reporters, “This is not a human act.” “This is a national tragedy.”
We asked for a translation of a video where children were interviewed after the attack. They told us a boy was saying, “First they came inside, they went up to the roof of the school and started firing over there.” They explained this was for show that they (the militants) had conquered the place, in a gesture to say ‘this is now ours’.
One child recalled, “Then the teacher said to lay down on the floor and lock the doors.” They broke in while an army nurse or doctor was training for first aid class, they broke the doors then starting firing on all the children, killing them.” While he was giving statements, he was visibly confused, scared and still living the trauma.
Another gave a testimony while hiding under a desk that all he saw were “big black boots bringing death”.
130+ mothers will not be able to sleep for many nights. It’s hard to imagine their suffering, such a senseless tragedy. An American Pakistani said, “My mother started crying when she heard the news.” Regardless of religion, many mothers in Pakistan and around the globe are crying with those who are grieving today.
A Christian from Pakistan shared the following poem with us. It was written by another Pakistani after the attack. The word for ‘Mother’ in this poem is ‘Ammi’.
What was my fault?
I never hurt you, Never teased you
I dont even know who are you..
I knew villians are there,
But Ammi said they are never real
If they are, then where is the superman?
I also had a big gun
but that was plastic one…
I left it with my teddy,
Over the pillow of my Daddy
My teddy would miss me every night
And so will my batman and spiderman fight
Now, Please tell my Ammi to visit my permanent bed
Tell Ammi to sing me lullaby as she said
I had heard Teachers are never wrong or deceit
She told animal walks on Four but I saw animals walking on
By Ashish Chauhan
Voice of the Persecuted strong condemns this violent attack. We stand with the victims and pray for their wounds physically and mentally. We pray not only for Pakistani Christians, but all people of Pakistan. Praying for peace and equality for all. God bless you, Pakistan.
Pray with us for Pakistan:
Father we ask for your comfort, your light, & your peace. Peace that passes all understanding. We lean on you in this time of darkness. Father we know these precious soul’s are in your arms. We ask that you bring comfort and peace to the parents and the families. We ask for strength and courage. Grant your mercy, Father. Show Your love and light to the people of Pakistan. Hold this nation in your loving arms as they grieve for their children. Father, this touches us all, our hearts are heavy, we can’t understand the suffering of such innocence. But we will put our faith and our trust in you. Hold them, Father and grant healing. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.