January 10, 2013 2 Comments
By Shumaila Jaffery
The recent attack on female polio vaccination workers in Pakistan has reinforced the idea in my mind that extremists have found new targets in their objective to hurt those who do not believe in their agenda of killing and hatred. These new targets are women.
It all started with the attack on the Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai last October. After the international community reacted with utter disgust over the incident, I feel that now militants have made it a point to attack women more vehemently and forcefully than ever before.
Insecurity and fear have been permanent features of life in Pakistan for a while now, particularly for journalists who are not only on the front line of the battleground, along with security personnel and rescue workers, but also on the front line ideologically.