The Pakistani Taliban are the same bunch that tried to assassinate Malala Yousafzai because she advocated for girls' educations. They also have "burned or bombed over 1,000 schools". They wage war on education because educated people recognize how warped and irrational the Pakistani Taliban are.
They have very few apologists outside their own ranks. To those apologists, however, I say: no.
As in, there is no defense for what the attackers did.
Nothing can justify such a slaughter. Nothing. Certainly not the grotesque perversion of religion that they call their faith.
The Pakistani Taliban's "religion" is not compatible with civilization. It is irredeemably evil.
The barbarians who committed, aided, abetted and supported this atrocity must be treated like the rabid animals they are. They must be caged — or put down.