Militants blow up girls school in Mardan

Published: November 8, 2011
Sources say the militants tied about 8-10 kilogrammes of explosives to the outer walls of the school. PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

Sources say the militants tied about 8-10 kilogrammes of explosives to the outer walls of the school. PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

MARDAN: Militants detonated a high school for girls in Derai district of Katlang, on the outskirts of district Mardan, late Monday night.

Sources said the school’s status was recently upgraded from middle to high school and added that it was the only high school for girls in the area.

They said that the militants tied about 8-10 kilogrammes of explosives to the outer walls of the school which exploded with a bang at 30 minutes past midnight and panicked the residents.

Station House Officer (SHO) Katlang police station Sher Rehman told The Express Tribune that three among the total five rooms, built recently, collapsed where the remaining two were badly damaged and cannot be used any more.

The area is situated at a few miles from the Malakand Agency where militants, in an earlier operation called “Rah-e-Rast,” destroyed more than 420 schools including 300 schools for girls.

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  • Gul Rukh
    Nov 8, 2011 - 2:26PM

    Title: Taliban Say Muzakirat
    Agenda: Girls’ Education
    Taliban: The Pakistan government should stop girls’ education as it is against (our version) of Islam and then we will stop blowing up girls schools,
    Govt of Pakistan: Agreed. But what should we do with the buildings of Girls’ schools?
    Taliban: You can change the status of these buildings into Animal Husbandry centres.
    Govt of Pakistan: Agreed

    Results: Taliban say Muzakirat Kamyab howay. They will not blow-up girls schools in future as there will be no more such schools.


  • zalim singh
    Nov 8, 2011 - 2:32PM

    Girls education? Recommend

  • Ikramuddin Akbar
    Nov 8, 2011 - 2:49PM

    who are the militants? are they, africans, americans, indonesians, arabs..the fact is that they are Pakistanis and we have fostered them ,clinton has rightly said about the snakes in our backyard.They are poisonous reptiles and are crawling every where and needs to be sprayed.Believe me if you will offer and assure them to send their daughters to America for higher educations and that “nothing” bad will happen to them there, they will make a deal with you and will thank you.


  • Arindom
    Nov 8, 2011 - 3:01PM

    Shabash!! – Here’s the future of rule by strategic assets!!


  • Ikramuddin Akbar
    Nov 8, 2011 - 3:04PM

    Government should decide immediately and should stop the children going to school for the sake of their lives .and make hostels in rest of the provinces to accomodate the girls,and continue their educations.this is necessary for girls as they will be future mothers.and raise children in a better environments ,i know they are few in numbers as mostly dont go to school.This will not be difficult for the government we can help them if we put our mind to it. The government should not allow them to be “BALI” to please these satans.


  • gk
    Nov 8, 2011 - 3:12PM

    who cares and no time, busy with kashmir issue


  • Yuri Kondratyuk
    Nov 8, 2011 - 3:19PM

    insecure misogynists?Recommend

  • Pakistan Zindabad
    Nov 8, 2011 - 3:29PM

    Does Pakistanis Care?


  • Insane
    Nov 8, 2011 - 3:41PM

    Wahabi Ideology and women education are totally incompatible…..
    I feel sorry for the little girls that they have no school left where they can continue their education.


  • Nadir
    Nov 8, 2011 - 3:52PM

    Oh yes, the cowards that blow up girls schools every second day are worthy partners to nrgotiate with. We have being gone on and on about negotiating and giving peace a chance, and this is the response! How many more schools have to go up in flames? Oh yes, blame America, that will keep the schools intact.


  • A.Khan
    Nov 8, 2011 - 4:04PM

    Those will be dealt accordingly


  • khurshid
    Nov 8, 2011 - 4:09PM

    You guys don’t get it. These are the bad taliban. Then we have the good taliban. They only destroy girls schools in Afghanistan. Sometimes the good become bad and sometimes vice versa. I know, its all sooo confusing! But at least one thing is permanent. We love our Jihadis.


  • Drone-Acharya
    Nov 8, 2011 - 4:33PM

    Only Madrassas will be allowed to remain in Pakistan at this rate.


  • Pinto
    Nov 8, 2011 - 4:39PM

    It says If you educate a man you eucate an individual,if you educate a women you educate the whole family.These backward minded terrorist don’t want islam to prospourRecommend

  • Maulana Diesel
    Nov 8, 2011 - 4:48PM

    We have to kill these militants. We cannot talk to them. Either they forego violence and face justice or be killed and their bodies buried in the same schools that they have destroyed.


  • jagjit sidhoo
    Nov 8, 2011 - 4:52PM

    Why are these guys against education?


  • sherri
    Nov 8, 2011 - 5:13PM

    atleast govt. money on teachers salary and school bldings are saved
    these schools are producing only educated ignorants


  • watchingyou
    Nov 8, 2011 - 5:18PM

    Sit like this happens when people try to sell certain aspects of culture under the name of people who try to control the masses by misinformation..and what do these people do? follow like sheep..Time for them to become like the dodo bird. ..


  • G. Din
    Nov 8, 2011 - 5:54PM

    Until Muslims learn to let their females breathe free. Islam shall remain mired in wilderness! How can someone live with himself in Islam? It is smothering, stifling, bestial!


  • Cautious
    Nov 8, 2011 - 6:25PM

    Were these the good Taliban or the bad Taliban? Probably doesn’t matter because unless you eliminate these people this is what your future looks like.Recommend

  • Reeba
    Nov 8, 2011 - 6:38PM

    Have you ever thought why any muslim country is not included in the list of developed countries? Middle eastern countries may have petrol money but if the expatriates and westerners leave, they will have to go back to sheep herding. The main reason is not using their own human resources and depending heavily on foreigners.
    Men and women think differently, tackle issues differently and have different world views. Both kinds of thinking are needed to develop a society. Men and women are like both sides of the brain. Both sides are needed for a well-functioning body. In muslim countries, the contributions of women are so low as they are not educated or not brought into the work force. The few who gets higher education still like to remain as house wives. So in a way half of the human resources remain dormant without much contribution to the society.
    In western countries women look after their families and also go out and work. Both husband and wife share the responsibilities of raising children and doing house work. Men do cook, clean dishes, do laundry etc. which are considered as duties of women in muslim countries. Unless muslim men realize the potential of women, share house hold responsibilities, educate women and bring them into the work force, the muslim countries will never come under the umbrella of developed countries.


  • Palvasha von Hassell
    Nov 8, 2011 - 7:17PM

    Track down, catch and prosecute the criminals. Relentlessly, in every case. Stop acting at the behest of America. that only encourages such elements, the results of which we are seeing. Act for yourselves, for Pakistani society.


  • Saeed
    Nov 8, 2011 - 7:33PM

    @Insane: Please don’t divide muslim in firkas.


  • MarkH
    Nov 8, 2011 - 7:40PM

    @jagjit sidhoo:
    Education is ignorance’s worst enemy. That’s exactly what the people doing this stuff represent to the core: ignorance.


  • Mohan
    Nov 8, 2011 - 8:06PM

    Drones are killing the militants at no cost to Pakistan. Why don’t you let US do your job and clean up the country. Just help US. You can live in peace.


  • Shabbar
    Nov 8, 2011 - 9:19PM

    @Saeed: Why not talk about firkas? I love the way we say “Lets not talk about firkas,” when the the main issue lies with the firkas and the petro dollars that are fueling it. Until Muslims admit that we have an issue with some elements (firkas) we can never move on. The western media has already picked up on it and I am pleasantly surprised that even the western media in all their ignorance about Islam now know the difference between firkas and who are advocates of violence. Its time we look at ourselves also. Oops! But we can do that because we aren’t capable of having a civil dialogue without and you guessed it, calling one group kafir or a non-muslim and then blowing up their places of worship.


  • Rehman
    Nov 8, 2011 - 10:15PM

    Now where is Imran Khan???? Any comments from Immy and his army of ”revolutionaries”. any comments from jamaat e islami? any comments from ahle sunnat?? total silence. All of them are different sides of a coin


  • Javed
    Nov 8, 2011 - 11:07PM

    You guys have got it all wrong. Please stop complaining. Our Govt. has decided to talk to our own people (snakes) so these poor innocent people(snakes in the backyard) have been trying to clear areas to hold these meetings. Dont blame them. Just see their single minded devotion to the talks.


  • Nov 8, 2011 - 11:43PM

    According to the news above, these terrorists are responsible for destroying more than “420” schools, including “300” schools for girls. If that alone doesn’t depict their hatred against society, then we should remind ourselves that the ones being affected are the innocent school going children. We’ve heard numerous accounts of Taliban forcefully recruiting little boys to carry out their terrorists activities, while depriving them of childhood and sacrificing their lives for their own evil agenda. These evil minded terrorists have left little to ponder regarding their dark motives, and day by day it’s becoming clearer that they are busy uprooting our society.
    This latest attack not only reminds but reiterates that these terrorists need to be confronted with an iron fist to prevent future attacks like this one from recurring. The children are the future of our society, and those who are seeking ways to destroy our future must be dealt with harshly. Their cowardly ways are no surprise to any of us, but attacking schools only translates to acting scared and cowardly. The reality is that our forces continue to tighten the grip around their neck, and our efforts continue to push them towards defeat. The days are not far when peace will fully prevail and our forces will make the region free and clear of terrorism.


  • Hedgefunder
    Nov 9, 2011 - 1:00AM

    No doubt the Govt will go round with bigger begging bowl asking for funds to rebuild it !!!
    The question is why don;t they provide security and maintain Law & Order in the se areas????


  • Mirza
    Nov 9, 2011 - 3:48AM

    According to terrorists and rightwing parties, it must be the US drone attacks and not Taliban who are angels. Thanks for drones otherwise our army would not establish its writ in the FATA. This lawless area is free for all terrorists and they target little girls and civilians in Pakistan to wage a Jihad against America!


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