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The A-Levels bomb!

Karachi, March 19, 2008: School was going on as usual whena near-hysterical student screamed, "There is a bomb threat!"

Another student drawled, "Relax, it's two blocks away."

And it was thus that the students at the Lyceum School were divided between indifference and worry. Farah Dawood claimed that even if the threat were real there was no point in worrying. "If you're going to die then you're going to die," she said. "Until then, I have my A-Levels to worry about killing me."

Students such as Tuba Omer said that the bomb scare at Indus Academy and the Convent of Jesus and Mary (CJM) gave panic attack a whole new meaning. Amar Abbasi said that she was immensely worried. "I prayed all morning in the hope that the rumours were fake," she said. "It is disgusting to think that educational institutions, which are the only hope for a disciplined Pakistan, are being targeted for filthy purposes."

With all the commotion Maryam Musharaf first thought someone had died because an ambulance was waiting outside. Azmeh Amir thought it was a joke of some sort. According to Umme Kulsoom, the residents of Karachi are now "immune" to bomb threats. "Many of us just wanted to go to the park and evacuate the building," she said. Many others like Abid Abbas and Aieman Gardezi believed that incidents like these happen in Karachi so frequently that they no longer shock them. "We learn to accept our eventual death, I guess," he said. Gardezi added that the scariest part was their immunity. Fatima Khan questioned why the students and schools; what had they ever done to elicit such a prank.

Amal Sarwar, who is currently an A-Level Lyceum student, was previously a CJM girl. She failed to understand what anybody would achieve by harming children. "Why do terrorists want to target innocent children? Who are they hurting? They are the future, Please let them live," added Amra Ghazanfar.

"I came to school at around 10:00 a.m. and everyone was running around as if some big calamity was about to befall us," said one student. "My friends told me that there was a bomb scare at a nearby school. At 1:00 p.m. we were told to go home. It was one of the scariest days of my life." Daily Times
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