Teacher accidentally shoots pupil dead in Mingora

By AFP
Published: June 11, 2015
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According to police Khan was cleaning his gun when it fired a bullet, killing a student on the spot. PHOTO: REUTERS

According to police Khan was cleaning his gun when it fired a bullet, killing a student on the spot. PHOTO: REUTERS

PESHAWAR: A teacher in outskirts of Mingora accidentally shot dead a 12-year-old pupil on Thursday while cleaning his pistol in the staff room, police said.

Teachers in northwest Pakistan were given permission to carry firearms in the classroom after Taliban militants massacred 132 students at a school in the city of Peshawar in December.

“Majid Khan, a teacher at the private Sangota Model School was cleaning his pistol in the staff room when it fired a bullet by accident, hitting a student passing through the corridor,” local police official Fazl Rabi told AFP.

He said the student died on the spot.

Saleem Khan Marwat, the area police chief, confirmed the incident and said the teacher had been arrested.

Northwestern Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province allowed teachers to carry guns — and began giving them firearms training — in January, saying it could not provide police guards for every school.

The move was part of efforts to beef up school security after the Peshawar massacre, the deadliest terror attack in Pakistani history.

Heavily armed militants went from room to room at an army-linked school, eventually gunning down a total of 150 people.

But teachers’ associations objected to arming staff, saying it was not their job to fight off militants.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • javed khanzada
    Jun 11, 2015 - 4:03PM

    brilliant governance by PTIRecommend

  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Jun 11, 2015 - 6:45PM

    This was bound to happen when a firearm is handed into an untrained hand. It just seems that KPK government has outsourced everything to individuals and has absolved itself of every responsibility.

    Had “that” leader not spent 2 years scheming ways to topple an elected government and exhausted all his energies in KPK instead of trying to prove rigging in Punjab, citizens of KPK would not have found themselves in such misery.

    Worse, why is this teacher arrested? He was officially sanctioned by KPK government to bear arms. Arrest those who allowed him to do so. Some “Model Police.”Recommend

  • xor
    Jun 11, 2015 - 10:49PM

    lol@Adnan SiddiqiRecommend

  • Burki
    Jun 12, 2015 - 12:40AM

    Now the teachers are doing Taliban’s job.Recommend

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