The A-Levels bomb!
Karachi, March 19, 2008: School was going on as
usual when a near-hysterical student screamed, "There is a bomb
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
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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