October has undeniably been a month of downs, downs and more downs for all those who are working towards a peaceful and prosperous society in Pakistan. On 9 October 2012, Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head and neck in an assassination attempt by Taliban gunmen while returning home on a school bus, the Taliban scared of a 14 year old student’s ability to get the plight of her community air time and scared of the ideals she stands for decided to kill an idea! only to make us all more vociferous in our support and determination of the shared ideals across the globe.
On the 13th of October 16 people were killed and more than 40 wounded in a suicide blast in a busy market of Darra Adam Khel, the office of Aman Laskhar (Peace Force also known as the Himayateen) was the target located in the main market of the city. Dara Adam Khel has borne the brunt of many such attacks in the past for a) its proximity to the FATA region and for the anti terrorism stance of many of its inhabitants.
In mid August team PTP’s researchers interviewed an educated young professional from Dara Adam Khel; someone who wanted to speak out about the mayhem and its causes in his town, it takes a very brave individual to step forward and talk about the workings of his society that lives at the door steps of the theater of conflict.
We know him as Irfan, who explains what life is like for people and businesses in his town (Dara Adem Khel), what the stress factors are and what kind of individuals end up getting recruited into the Taliban and most importantly where possible solutions can be found. Unsurprisingly poverty and economic hardships are drivers, and solutions are via education, vocational training and opportunities… empowering locals to create their own safety nets.
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