On 27 March 2016, only a few days after the deadly attacks in Belgium, at least 75 people were killed and over 340 injured in a suicide bombing that hit the main entrance of Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park, one of the largest parks in Lahore, Pakistan.
I am sad...what saddens me even more is that there does not seem to global solidarity when such terrible attacks happen in the Middle East, Africa or in Asia, but only when attacks happen in the West. What happened to the one world, one race mentality? Where did we lose our ways? Or am I missing something here? Except the mainstream media, there seems to be little or no coverage elsewhere. Where is that SOLIDARITY that we all show when such attacks happen in Western countries? Food for thought. How sad and ironic that the word Pakistan means 'peace' in Urdu. This was the wish of the country's great founder and it is time we apply peace to the country's true standing.
For those who may get me confused, I am not a Pakistani or have anything to do with Pakistan, but I believe in the one world, one race mentality. It is time we stopped this madness of attacking innocent people just for the sake of getting a political point across. Attacks such as these only create business for media agencies and create fear in peoples mind- it does nothing to solve the problem. Proper dialogue and discussion on the table is what is really required. The world needs a true problem solving leader who can just get things done and be respected by everyone.
Another terrorist attack, more innocent people killed, more fear created in people's minds. However, one thing is clear - the world is much safer today than it was yesterday because there are two less people who are prepared to kill themselves, and four less bombs. Time and time again throughout history we have seen that fear gives into more fear, and it goes without saying that terrorism works by allowing innocent people to be terrified. The media sadly take advantage of these situations because it provides them a juicy story to write about, increases their click rates and creates more fear in people's minds. Humanity must not give in to fear and must not let these terrorists win. The message should be clear- we must not buckle low and bow down to these terrorists because if we do then they win and we cannot let that happen.
In many countries in Africa, Asia (inc. Nepal and India), only passengers who are travelling are allowed into the airport terminal and their baggage is screened immediately (in China the same goes for train passengers- ALL train passengers in China are screened before entering the railway station). Why don't they do this in Western countries, too? It makes no sense to allow non-travelling passengers into the terminal building, and airport staff also have to be taken care of (including check-in staff). Hopefully procedures are changed and we can limit future occurrences.
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