Peshawar school attack
Even for a country so stricken by terrorism, this was a level of tragedy that could not be countenanced. The massacre unified Pakistanis of all stripes in the somber manner that only heartbreak can.
The hangings were the first executions of civilians convicted by Pakistan's military courts.
Over 150 people, most of them schoolchildren, were killed in the Peshawar school massacre.
It is almost as if Pakistan's government wants to absolve jihadists just to cling to its traditional view on what threatens the country.
After Pakistan, Nigeria and South Sudan, a fourth country has now become the most recent victim of heinous terrorist attacks on students and educational establishments.
In these pages, it is my intention to make many people -- not only Muslims but also Western apologists for Islam -- uncomfortable. I am not going to do this by drawing cartoons. Rather, I intend to challenge centuries of religious orthodoxy with ideas and arguments that I am certain will be denounced as heretical. My argument is for nothing less than a Muslim Reformation.
LAHORE, Pakistan -- I write from a country where people like you and I live with our families -- loving grandparents, self-sacrificing parents with babies, innocent children and know-it-all teenagers. Where we search for tools of peace-building to heal our fractured but shared world.