Pakistan is yet another country on the brink of God knows what. Believed to be the temporary home of Taliban insurgents who fled Afghanistan this large country as many problems. Religion just adds to Pakistan's woes.
This morning 16 people have been killed in a bomb attack. The bomb went off in a crowded market place. The target is believed to have been an office used by some of those who are opposing the Taliban.
Today's bombing was in Darra Adam Khel's, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. A spokesperson for the province said,"It was a suicide attack and the target was the local peace committee."
The exact number of casualties and number of anti Taliban militia hit is not clear. Initial reports have the death toll as 16 and injured at around 30. As the incident happened in a crowded public area some are believed to have been civilians. As yet no group has claimed responsibility for this suicide attack but in this area the Taliban have launched similar attacks in the past.
It has been a turbulent week in Pakistan with a young school girl being targeted. 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai had dared to speak out. In Pakistan Women and girls are still often treat as second class or non existent citizens. Malala wanted an education. She was soon seen as inspirational voicing the concerns of others. For that she has paid a terrible price.
Malala was singled out and shot in the head. Her condition remains critical. People around the World and in Pakistan have condemned the shooting. To the Taliban it is nothing excessive which shows how far from reality they are. A reward of $US100,000 ($A97,928) has been offered for the capture of the shooter.
The latest news on Malala is that "(The) health condition of Malala continues to remain satisfactory. Her vitals are okay and she is still on ventilator," A board of doctors is continuously monitoring her condition."
Although Malala was the gunman's target two other school children were injured in the attack. Malala is being cared for at a military hospital.
Opinion: Pakistan is a country on the brink of who knows what. US drone attacks will do nothing to make the region safer. They will in fact breed more misguided terrorists. We in the West are appalled that Iran may soon have a nuclear arsenal yet Pakistan already has such weapons.
RIP and thoughts to Malala and her loved ones.