Pakistan : destruction of five schools in Swat valley : Statement by the French Ministry for Foreign and European Affairs
(Paris, January 20th 2009)
France condemns in the strongest possible terms the destruction of five schools on January 19th in the city of Mingora, in the Swat valley of Pakistan.
Through these actions, the taleban extremists have once more demonstrated their obscurantism and fanaticism.
This is another example of the too frequent violence against Pakistani young girls and women who are being deprived of their fundamental right to education.
It is however by the acknowledgment of the dignity of women that this great country will achieve peace and development. Pakistani Authorities have to do everything they can to protect the fundamental rights of women and children as recognized by international law. France is encouraging them to do so and stands on their side in the fight against extremism, fanaticism and terrorism./.