Arson: Armed men set fire to school in Panjgur

Published: August 27, 2014
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An officer at Panjgur police station said an FIR was lodged against unknown assailants. STOCK IMAGE

An officer at Panjgur police station said an FIR was lodged against unknown assailants. STOCK IMAGE

QUETTA: A group of armed men torched a private school in Panjgur and threatened to close down all the 23 private schools if the co-education system continued in the region.

The assailants entered the school – which was closed due to a strike – on two motorbikes. They doused petrol and set the principal’s office on fire. Two computers, 25 chairs and cabinets with records were burnt to ashes.

“A group called Tanzeem-ul-Islam-ul-Furqan had been threatening us. The group had also beaten up the driver of the school van and harassed two students,” Major Hussain, the school’s principal, told The Express Tribune.

An officer at Panjgur police station said an FIR was lodged against unknown assailants.

Private schools in Panjgur remained closed for three long months following frequent attacks on schools and reports of harassment against teachers, students and parents.

However, the schools were reopened on August 7, after Chief Minister Balochistan Dr Abdul Malik Baloch and senior official of Balochistan government visited Panjgur and guaranteed security.

After the latest attacks, the teachers in Panjgur had decided not to close the school for a single day.

He added that the District Police Officer (DPO) Panjgur Samiullah Soomro informed them that close aides of these groups had been arrested and police made progress in investigation.  “The DPO said the incident was a reaction to the arrest of the close aides of the miscreants,” Major said.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 27th, 2014.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • Moiz Omar
    Aug 27, 2014 - 1:04PM

    Why doesn’t the Government provide the schools stringent security?Recommend

  • RAJ
    Aug 28, 2014 - 11:00PM

    In this high tech it appears that some people are still stuck in the medieval ages

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  • Baloch
    Aug 30, 2014 - 11:53PM

    This sentence is thought provoking…..
    “Major Hussain claimed that he received a threatening call on August 14 asking why the school did not organise a special function on the eve of Independence Day”.

    this says a lot in itself…………

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