In the middle of a battle between the doctors and Punjab government,  the media broke the news of a tot’s death at the Mayo Hospital last summer. One and a half years old Fahad was facing teeth-growth issues. The young docs had forced a shutdown of emergency wards at all public hospitals of the most populous and ‘developed’ province and military medics had to be called in.
As usual, politicians of different colours sided with the side ‘suitable’ to their interests, while Fahad silently succumbed to his pains on July 1, 2012. Blame-game began, the government booked docs, who challenged the murder charges in the court of law. The two sides eventually struck a conditional ceasefire but the three-year dirty warfare affected hundreds of Fahads whose sufferings mostly got unnoticed. According to Fahad’s father, after the case of his child was lined in the court, no one ever contacted him, not even to say some words of consolation.
It was winter of 2012, when the Taliban attacked Swat Peace Princess Malala Yousafzai for championing the freedom of education. In that October 9 attack, the gunmen also shot at two other girls to teach a “lesson” to anyone courageous enough to stand up against their oppression. Malala is now back to school – where she always wanted to be – but this time her school is far away from her motherland, in a Kingdom from which Pakistan was secured in the name of FREEDOM.
More than five hundreds schools, mostly those of girls, have been blown up in the AGGRESSION-PLAGUED north-western parts of this TERROR-OCCUPIED land. Ethnic violence has been roiling in Sindh and Balochistan, leaving hundreds of Fahads and Malalas in the lurch. Once known as the City of Lights, Karachi looks to be dragged into an eternal darkness of targeted killings while ethnic warriors have been on a killing spree of Hazars and others in Balochistan capital.
Relying on secondary sources in the absence of a national database on violence against children, ‘State of Pakistan’s Children 2012’ reports 5,659 cases. Punjab tops the list with 68pc cases, followed by Sindh (19pc), KP (5pc), Balochistan (3pc) and Fata (3pc).
But it is not just violent aggression that plagues our future; our children are facing many kinds of emotional and physical torments. Family feuds,  adverse social attitudes, economic imbalance and deep societal divisions on the basis of language, class and ethnicity all work to make a highly ominous environment.
As the world observes The International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression today (June 4), it is time to do something special for our children by moving beyond mere issuance of aggressively insincere statements.