Looking into the mirror of the Malala Yousafzai episode, a traumatic experience that it is, you may detect the glow of hope. This should be a catalytic event, uniting the nation against the insanity of the Taliban worldview. A fresh resolve to combat terrorism and militancy is much in evidence.
Shift the angle of your vision just a little and the entire landscape may recede into darkness. After all, how could something so savage and incomprehensible happen in the first place. The people who planned and executed the attack on a 14-year-old girl have repeatedly demonstrated their ideological and political clout.