Inadequate security helped militants mount assault: Bacha Khan University VC

Published: January 21, 2016
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Terrorists have been able to exploit gaps and weaknesses in the security infrastructure. PHOTO: AFP

Terrorists have been able to exploit gaps and weaknesses in the security infrastructure. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: The absence of proper security arrangements made it easy for militants to attack Bacha Khan University in Charsadda, the varsity’s top official admitted on Thursday.

Gunmen armed with grenades and Kalashnikovs stormed the university on Wednesday, killing as many as 21 people, including students and a professor, besides injuring over 30 others.

A day later, Vice Chancellor Dr Fazal-i-Rahim Marwat said the teaching staff, administrative personnel, parents and students demonstrated exceptional resolve even in the face of a tragedy of such magnitude. “Students and all the staff members showed high spirits yesterday and even today,” he said.

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Although the campus is officially closed due to security concerns, the vice chancellor along with a few staff members and students paid a visit to the university on Thursday. “Many students also took part in the counter action led by security forces and fought against the attackers. Most of the male students rescued their female counterparts during and after the attack,” Dr Marwat told The Express Tribune.

The vice chancellor was on his way to his office on Wednesday when he had to take shelter at a nearby police station after being informed by the university administration of the terrorist attack under way at the campus.

The militants did not use the front entrance, and instead chose to cut through the fence wire at the back to avoid a few levies personnel deployed at the front of the university building. Although the adjacent sugarcane fields, dense fog and short boundary walls have been blamed for the brazen attack, the event exposed the lack of proper security arrangements employed at the campus to tackle any possible terror threat.

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The VC did not directly complain about the absence of a reasonable number of security personnel, but shared that “there are only 50 levies personnel available for a 200-canal campus with 3,000 students.”

He also clarified he held nothing against the security personnel. “They are low-paid, untrained daily wagers without any modern weapons. Who will be ready to offer his head for just Rs350?”

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  • Mir ALi
    Jan 21, 2016 - 3:15PM

    The VC couldn’t install the proper barbed wire and CCTV cameras and now is talking of country’s resolve…Recommend

  • Raghu
    Jan 21, 2016 - 3:54PM

    The VC should have resigned by now coz he failed to follow the Police instructions to raise up the walls of the campus. What does he mean that security personnel are of no good. Why did he realise it now? Was he sleeping beffore that? Could he not have got them trained? Recommend

  • Usman
    Jan 21, 2016 - 4:20PM

    We are so used to mediocrity that we even take security as a mediocre task. It is not a mediocre task, as shown by the VC.Recommend

  • Tauseef
    Jan 22, 2016 - 1:05AM

    WOW- Thank you VC for your prediction. Now we (Pakistanis) all have a simple question, WHY DID YOU NOT DO ANYTHING TO CREATE A SAFE PLACE FOR OUR KIDS AND TEACHERS?????? SHAME SHAME SHAME ON YOU…..Recommend

  • Naeem Khan
    Jan 22, 2016 - 7:06PM

    I could understand the anger the VC is feeling but the fact is it is the responsibility of the VC to make sure that the security arrangements are in order knowing fully well what had happened at the Army School at Peshawar, it seems the same murderous tactics were used by the terrorists. Since VC is the incharge of the university, I would like to ask the VC, did they electrify the fence on top of the wall surrounding the campus. Also was there any motion detectors and monitoring devices installed on equal distances on the wall. If there would have been motion detector installed, it could have warned the security inside the campus that some one is breaching the security wall. These inexpensive gadgets are commonly used at residences all over the world, one does not need hundreds of security guards but smart devices to outsmart these deranged terrorists. It is tragedy and my heart goes out to the bereaved families and it is understandable that the VC is upset,saddened and angry but let us do the right thing now and stop these murderous extremists. Recommend

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