New York Times editor tweets over the terrorist attack in Pakistan

The Assistant International Editor of New York Times, Douglas Schorzman, after the terrorists attack in Peshawar and Afghanistan on Wednesday leaving many dead.

Unidentified gunmen entered Bacha Khan University in Khyber Pakhtunkha’s (K-P) Charsadda town and opened fire on students and faculty members as they gathered at the school for a poetry recital to commemorate the death anniversary of the activist and leader whom the school is named after. The mastermind of the APS Peshawar attack, Umar Mansoor, of the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Geedar group has claimed the attack through a post on his Facebook page, adding that four attackers were sent to the university. However, a spokesperson from the TTP Mohammad Khorasani issued a conflicting statement shortly after Mansoor’s claim, in which Khorasani condemned the attack, terming it “against Shariah”.

The attack left at least 21 dead and over 70 injured.

A Taliban suicide car bomber targeted a van which was carrying employees working of a private Afghan television channel to Russian embassy.  The attack the latest in a series of suicide bombings occurred in Afghan capital.  The attack left almost 7 dead and dozens injured.

Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah condemned the suicide attack and he told the he had made strong plans for more security, “I have also advised security forces to provide security for media outlets and journalists.”

Rajab Noorzayi reported to the Associated Press news agency that his daughter Zainab, who was at bus at he time of attack, worked for Kaboora.

“I’m looking for her but the police say everyone has been taken to hospital,” Noorzayi added.

No one has accepted the responsibility of the attack in Afghanistan yet.

Douglas Schorzman stated, “Horrible news out of Pakistan and Afghanistan today in both cases, militants striking at vital signs of progress in each country.”

He then stated, “Pakistanis living the horror of another school attack — students at #BachaKhanUniversity, killed in their dorm.”

He also added: In Kabul, a bomber strikes @TOLOnews employees. Afghan press has resisted intimidation before, and is again.

The NYT international editor said, “In both attacks, different Taliban factions resorted to old terror tactics. But countries have changed, and people don’t want to go back.”

” In Pakistan, particularly, there are questions about what the TTP even means anymore after the military crackdown. Which Taliban? Where?” said Schorzman.

“And after Malala and the Peshawar attacks, Pakistani public has largely come off the fence about militants. Different times,” he added.

Another statement was added by him, “Afghan Taliban now has claimed responsibility for attack on @TOLOnews. Last time they hit Kabul journalists, they ended up apologizing.”

 

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