On December 16, 2014, members of the banned terrorist organization Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) staged an attack on an army-run school in Pakistan’s city of Peshawar, massacring 149 people, 132 of them school-aged children.
Pakistan is no stranger to terrorist violence. Since the 1980s, Pakistan has been both a purveyor and victim of terrorism. Since joining the US-led Global War on Terror in 2001, it has lost more than 40,000 citizens to terrorist attacks. Still, the Peshawar massacre – the largest and most horrific single terrorist attack in Pakistani history – shocked the nation’s conscience.