I am Khadija Ali from Rawalpindi, Pakistan. I am 20 years old, a law student, living in a conflicted country since 2001. Although we have to some extent gotten accustomed to the suicide bombing in our country, the recent attack in Islamic International University has depressed the youth of this country on a completely different level. For us, education is a hope for a better future and it seems that very source of hope has been attacked by these terrorists. I am depressed to see the deteriorating conditions around me but the attack in Islamic International University makes me wonder: do I have to watch my back every time I go to my college? Is it a sin in these terrorists’ eyes to acquire education? I am faced with such mind-boggling questions.
In this climate of despair, I felt rejuvenated when I switched on my television and saw students protesting against the government for the closure of universities and colleges. Their agenda simple: we will not bow in front of these terrorists and we do not want them to think that their act of desperation can demoralise the youth of this country. It is in these rare moments when I feel proud of my nations tenacity.
I’ll be on WHYS tonight speaking to other students and would love to hear your questions and comments