Foreign trained 'militant' involved in Diamer schools burning identified

Published: August 5, 2018
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Schools in the district of Diamer were damaged after attacks Thursday night. PHOTO:EXPRESS

Schools in the district of Diamer were damaged after attacks Thursday night. PHOTO:EXPRESS

DIAMER: Law enforcement agencies (LEAs) claimed to have identified one of the 36 suspected militants arrested for their alleged involvement in the burning down of schools in Diamer District of Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B).

According to sources, two suspects and a police constable were killed in the shootout between ‘militants’ and security personnel during the Saturday morning’s operation in Tangir area. One of the suspect has been identified as Shafiqur Rehman aka Commander Shafiq.

A suicide jacket, grenades and weapons have been recovered from the militant hideouts during the ongoing search operation.

The operation was initiated after unidentified attackers believed to be militants opposed to girls’ education bombed and torched a dozen schools, including an Army Public School, in various parts of Diamer district on August 2, triggering road protests and blockade of the Karakoram Highway. Most of the schools were all-girls while at least one of the institutions had been attacked at least five times in recent years.

12 schools in Gilgit-Baltistan’s Diamer district burnt down

IG G-B Sanaullah Abbasi told media that the accused were local people but trained in Afghanistan. He added that the counter-operation was centred around Darail village in Diamer. An official privy to details had revealed that the ‘militants’ were part of a wider nexus associated with Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

Educational institutes across the country have frequently come under attack by the militants. Earlier this year, an under-construction school was razed to the ground in Khyber District when bombs planted by militants exploded near it.

An official of the political administration in the ex-Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) told The Express Tribune that the school, located in Sawa area of the Tirah Valley of Bara Sub-division, was being built keeping in view the repatriation of internally displaced persons (IDPs).

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Condemnations

The attack on educational institutes has been condemned by prominent personalities including prime minister-in-waiting Imran Khan.
“Shocking & condemnable torching of schools in GB, more than half of them girls’ schools.This is unacceptable & we will ensure security for schools as we are committed to focusing on education, esp girls’ education which is integral to Naya Pakistan,” he said.

Meanwhile, Chief Jusitce Mian Saqib Nisar has taken suo motu notice of the attack after linking it to his call for building more dams and said it (the initiative) had fallen victim to ‘opposition’. “The schools are burnt in Gilgit-Baltistan in response to raising our voice for the construction of dams,” the chief justice said while addressing the Multan Bar Council.

CJP smells conspiracy in G-B schools attack

Senate Committee for Interior Affairs chairman Rehman Malik had sought a report from Chief Secretary Gilgit-Baltistan and demanded LEAs to arrest those responsible at the earliest.

Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala also condemned the incident on Twitter. “The extremists have shown what frightens them most – a girl with a book. We must rebuild these schools immediately, get the students back into their classrooms and show the world that every girl and boy has the right to learn,” she wrote.

“Strongly condemn the burning down of 12 girls schools in ChilasTerroristAttack,” said Leader of the Opposition in Senate Sherry Rehman. “All of Pakistan is united against such heinous targeting of our schools and must give a strong message of Zero tolerance for such attacks by immediate action against the militants who did this.”

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Reader Comments (8)

  • Shoukat Kirmani
    Aug 5, 2018 - 12:08PM

    Read this sad news.
    The justice against these culprits should be sever.
    Any person working against the interest of Pakistan should get capital punishment.
    The people should get lesson that they have to pay if they work against Pakistan.Recommend

  • Justin
    Aug 5, 2018 - 1:41PM

    Dear ET,

    Looking at type of schools burned down, it’s clear that majority are Girl schools. Everyone knows who can do this. Blaming every wrong thing happens inside Pakistan on foreign agents will never solve issue. Still there is time to correct course of action by establishment. Or else ……….Recommend

  • BrainBro
    Aug 5, 2018 - 2:19PM

    Yes, but he’s still a Pakistani. Fruits of Jihad policy.Recommend

  • Muhammad Asif Khan
    Aug 5, 2018 - 2:50PM

    Unfortunately this disease has spreaded in many other cities where refugee camps are present.
    In Karachi Afghan refugees are involved in henious crimes like rape and bank robberies. This is in addition to huge trade of narcotics and weapons they do consistently. I believe time to say Good Bye to them.Recommend

  • Ahmad
    Aug 5, 2018 - 3:07PM

    Foreign Trained and CASE CLOSED, LOLOLOLRecommend

  • Rizzy V
    Aug 5, 2018 - 3:36PM

    I`m from Gilgit and I know what goes-on here. Not a single word from the DG ISPR or COAS. Need I say more?Recommend

  • Zaheer
    Aug 5, 2018 - 4:05PM

    Pakistan is a responsible country, unlike India we didn’t blame our neighbor countries Even Yadav a serving Indian army officer caught from Balochistan and admitting Indian agency RAW involment to destabilizing Pakistan. His list of evil crime’s is so large. Pakistan controlling the terrorism inside the country. But attack on Schools is a very shameful act. Attacks on girls school couldn’t be tolerated and every civilized nation will be sad and disappointed except Indians.Recommend

  • Judycarr
    Aug 5, 2018 - 11:50PM

    Reading most of comments of trolls and people with posioned views is unsettling.Recommend

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