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April 11, 2014

Juxtaposition of the Week: Pakistan Toddler Criminals, Not Bug Splats

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Well, let’s say over the last two weeks.

In that stretch of time, two photos from Pakistan featuring children have circulated widely. Above, activist media strives to save Pakistani children from the terrorist-hunting West. Below, Western media calls out the threat to Pakistani toddlers from a touchy government. …Or is that the threat to the government from touchy toddlers? I can’t say I see cultural relationships — perhaps you do, but both photos certainly deal with things that are significantly out-of-scale.

(photo 1: HO—AFP/Getty Images. caption: In this undated handout photograph, a poster bearing the image of a Pakistani girl whose parents, lawyers say, were killed in a drone strike, lies in a field at an undisclosed location in the northwestern Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.)

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photo 2: STR/AFP/Getty Images. caption: This photograph taken on April 3, 2014 shows a Pakistani lawyer taking the thumb impression from nine-month-old toddler Mohammad Musa on a bail bond in Lahore. While many children of his age are still learning how to crawl, a nine-month-old boy in Pakistan has been accused of attempted murder in a case observers say highlights endemic flaws in the country’s legal system. Baby Mohammad Musa along with his father and other family members was booked for throwing rocks at gas company officials in the working-class Ahata Thanedaran neighbourhood on February 1, the family’s lawyer Chaudhry Irfan Sadiq told AFP.

More: 9-Month-Old Boy Charged With Attempted Murder In Pakistan : The Two-Way : NPR

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