A Christian Science perspective.
The increasing level of violence in Pakistan, dramatically illustrated by a powerful car bomb that exploded in a Peshawar market last week, is a sobering reminder that peace in a war zone carries a heavy price tag. The bomb killed more than 90 people, wounded over 200, and destroyed buildings. Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi responded with strength: "The resolve and determination will not be shaken.... We will fight you because we want peace and stability in Pakistan" (The New York Times, Oct. 28).
Such conviction calls forth our prayers for this country and the region, which is caught up in turmoil. Afghanistan, facing last-minute cancellation of runoff elections that had been scheduled for this week, has also erupted in increasing violence. In both places, the desire of many people is to be at peace, to lead normal lives, for their children to be safe. To leave for work or school in the morning and be able to expect that one will return in the evening intact, and with other family members intact, also.