Child soldiers

Published October 7, 2010

PAKISTAN's biggest enemy, Tehrik-i-Taliban, has bought children as young as seven to serve as suicide bombers in the growing spate of attacks against the country.

This has been a common practice for the organizstion and has not been put under the limelight in recent years.

According to a report by Washington Times, the going price for a child bomber is $7,000 to $14,000 — huge sums in Pakistan, where per capita income is about $2,600 a year.

Using child suicide bombers is the grim reality of the Taliban that threatens the future of Pakistan.

As a concerned citizen I write on this pressing issue to urge authorities to consider prevention of such ideological massacre. This is destruction of an entire generation which must be prevented.

AMNA ZAMAN
Lahore

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