Foreign trained ‘militant’ involved in Diamer schools burning identified

Foreign trained militant involved in Diamer schools burning identified My Country
Foreign trained militant involved in Diamer schools burning identified My Country

Foreign trained militant involved in Diamer schools burning identified My Country

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 the ‘militants’ and security officials 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 on-going search operation.

The operation came 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.

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).

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.

“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.”(ExpressTribune)

Foreign trained militant involved in Diamer schools burning identified My Country