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Dawn, Dec. 16, 2015

People across Pakistan today are remembering the 144 victims of the Peshawar school massacre, one year after the Taliban attack that killed 122 children and 22 teachers. In its editorial, daily newspaper Dawn looks back at the changes the country has gone through after an attack that marked "a new, terrible milestone" that taught Pakistanis and the rest of the world that "what had gone before could yet be surpassed, that even our children could be deliberately singled out for brutality of the most unspeakable kind."

Criticizing the government's decision to resume executions after the massacre, Dawn laments that the country's "response, rather than being guided by reason, was born of the desire for revenge." "Vengeance is incapable of inducing justice because it casts its net wide, scooping up not only the guilty — if it does that at all — but also those who are the most disadvantaged," the editorial reads, which criticizes Pakistan's "deeply flawed criminal justice system."

On Wednesday morning, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif declared Dec. 16 a day of "national educational resolve," The Express Tribune reports. "Time has come to uproot terrorism from the country," Sharif pledged. The Pakistani National Assembly on Wednesday also termed the Peshawar massacre as a crime against humanity.

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