Fearful day for children of F-8 schools
Fearful day for Islamabad Sector F-8 schools childrens
Islamabad, Oct 6: Monday was indeed a fearful day for children studying in schools
located around the F-8 blast site but it was also a wakeup call for
authorities as the explosion was just the glimpse of what worst could
have happened to these innocent children in case of bigger blast
outside the World Food Programme (WFP) compound.
The scene at
the City School, Montessori Branch, located closest to the WFP office,
was depictive of the concern and anxiety the blast news brought to the
parents. "Many of them were already crying when they entered the
school," said one of the teachers, adding that many broke down into
tears when they found out that their children were fine.
who were able to control their emotions inside the school were found
hugging their children with tears in their eyes once they were inside
their cars. Though teachers tried their best to control the environment
within the school but the sounds of siren veiling vehicles and nervous
parents made many children wonder about the gravity of the situation.
I heard the breaking news of the blast on one of the news channels, I
felt like as if I am going to faint," said Shazia Amir, mother of a
nursery class student. "With such big number of UN offices and foreign
missions operating in residential areas, this day was destined to
come," she said. There are around 150 students of the age group of
three to eight studies in that school.
The little children
were looking calm but what they saw is going to have a long lasting
impact on their minds. "Mama, I heard the blast and saw the dust rising
from the ground. There was loud sounds of ambulances and police were
carrying big guns," Hania Khan, 6, was found narrating blast scene to
The City School, Montessori Branch, is located
just a few houses away from the WFP office. Just opposite to it is the
main campus of OPF College, Girls Branch, with an enrolment of more
than 3,000 students. According to rough estimates, there are around
eight small and big schools operating in close vicinity of the blast
As soon as parents heard news on the media, they rushed
to schools. The Islamabad Traffic Police (ITP) asked them to park their
vehicles on the main Margalla Road and walk to schools. Many were found
running towards schools. "It was easy to keep students calm but
counselling the panicked parents was what we found a challenging task,"
said another teacher.
"It is a blessing of Allah that our
children are alright otherwise only broken glass from windows or a
stampede could have severely wounded many," said Zahid Majeed, father
of a class one child. "I don't even want to imagine that," he said.
back the fear of blasts to the cordoned off capital city, the Monday's
blast once again reminded residents of the danger related to such
offices located in residential areas. "This time we were lucky that the
blast was not big in intensity but what about the next time," said
Zahid while demanding that all foreign missions and UN offices must be
shifted to some high security zones instead of putting in danger the
life of thousands of children.
Majority of these offices
located in different residential areas resemble a fort with an entire
security wall, as tall as the building itself having been erected
around many of them. However while providing as much security as
possible to these offices, it has perhaps not occurred to our security
agencies that what danger their continued presence in residential
neighbourhoods poses to the residents. The news
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Essay writing competition facing bureaucratic delay
Islamabad: Among other project that became victim of bureaucratic delays in last
few months in the Ministry of Youth Affairs, one activity was National
Essay Writing Competition that used to be held during summer vacation.
year, the advertisement for the competition came in the media at the
start of summer vacation with June 25 the last date for submitting the
The topics included causes of unemployment in
rural areas, role of youth in promotion of civil spirit and courtesies,
plan of action to curb the use of tobacco in youth and causes of youth
crime and remedies.
The rational behind organising the event in
summer vacation was to involve youth in constructive activities in
their free time. The aspiring participants were asked not accede the
limit of 1,500 words whereas the prize announced for winning candidates
was Rs20,000. For runner-up and third position the prize money was
Rs15,000 and Rs10,000 respectively.
According to ministry
sources, the activity proved to be a success as they received 634
essays, majority from rural areas. The recommendations made in the
essays were made part of the National Youth Policy whereas winning
candidates were awarded with prizes in a ceremony held on December 30,
Unfortunately, the ministry failed to launch the project
this year. The National Essay Writing Competition still makes a
prominent part of ministry's website but all the information available
is about the last years contest with no mentioning of this year's plans.
about delay in National Essay Writing Competition, the ministry sources
said that to involve development sector, the ministry called for the
topics from different NGOs that lead to the delay of the activity. "We
have contacted universities to provide us with professional evaluators."
said that they had received positive response from the NGOs and
universities. "The idea was to make the process more transparent and
involve as many stake holders as possible," he added.
that recently a meeting was held with the representatives of National
Language Authority (NLA) and Higher Education Commission (HEC) in which
topics for the upcoming competition were discussed. "The ministry is
now waiting for the final response of NLA and HEC regarding topics," he
The Public Relations Officer for
MoYA Arif Malik said that advertisement for both National Essay Writing
Competition and National Internship Programme would appear in the media
within one week's time.
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Debate competition at NU
Islamabad: Chief of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan has said that
progress of the Pakistan is linked to social and economic justice in
He was addressing the concluding ceremony of a
three-day FAST Universities Debating Competition (FUDC 09) as guest
speaker at Islamabad Campus of the FAST National University on Monday.
50 teams from many universities and schools of the country participated
in the competition, which was organised by National University of
Computer and Emerging Sciences.He said the youth could contribute to
the progress of Pakistan. He advised the students to be sensibly
political and play their vibrant role in the development of the country.
prize of Rs50,000 was won by GIKI's team B, while Headstart team won
the best school award. M. Ali from Westminster team B was declared the
best speaker.Rector NU Dr Amir Muhammed was the chief guest on the
occasion, who gave away prizes to the winners.
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Appointment of 11 APs approved
Peshawar: A committee of Khyber Medical College (KMC), Khyber Teaching
Hospital (KTH) and Khyber College of Dentistry (KCD), on the
recommendation of the selection promotion committee has approved the
appointments of 11 assistant professors (BPS-18) for KMC and KCD and
one Engineer (BPS-17) for KTH.
The chief executive of the
KTH/KMC/KCD issued notification on Monday. The appointed doctors
include Dr Talat Naz, Assistant Prof Gynaecology KMC, Dr Hina Gul,
Assistant Prof Radiology, KMC, Dr Anjum Humayun, Assistant Prof
Physiology KMC, Dr Ubaid-ur-Rehman, Assistant Prof Biochemistry KMC, Dr
Zia-ur-Rehman, Assistant Prof Community Medicine KMC, Dr Muhammad
Akbar, Assistant Prof Prosthodontics, KCD, Dr Muslim Khan, Assistant
Prof Oral Surgery Medicine, KCD, Dr M Manzar Anwar Khan, Assistant Prof
Community Dentistry, KCD, Dr Atta Ullah Khan, Clinical Pahtologist KCD,
and Ms Sorosh Khurshid, Electronics Engineer, KTH. The news
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School children stage protest against teachers' shortage
Peshawar: Government Girls Primary School Daman-e-Hind, Dilazak Road
students staged a protest demonstration outside the NWFP Assembly and
Peshawar Press Club on Monday against shortage of teaching staff at the
Holding banners and placards, the students tried to
move towards the main gate on the assembly, but police did not allow
them to after which they marched on Sher Shah Suri Road and staged a
demonstration outside the press club.
They chanted slogans against
the government for not posting teachers to the school and demanded early solution to the problem.
area people and office-bearers of Pasban including Samiullah, Asad
Khan, Shah Zeb Khan and Arshad told reporters that there was only one
teacher at the school having 300 students enrolled.
single teacher, it is impossible to teach all the students studying in
various classes, they said while demanding upgrading of the school to
They said that it was the only girls' school in
the area and that, too, was lacking teachers. As there was no high
school for girls in the area, most of the girls said goodbye to studies
after primary level.
They urged the government to solve the problem
as soon as possible; otherwise, they would launch protest movement. Daily times
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Tribal dispute shuts schools, other facilities
Ghallanai: Several government schools and other facilities are closed
in Mohmand Agency for the last one month as the political
administration is yet to resolve the issue of a land dispute between
the Deenikhel and Umarkhel tribes.
The sources said the
political administration of Mohmand Agency formed several jirgas to
resolve the issue with the consultation of elders of both the clans.
However, the elders of the Deenikhel tribe had allegedly been impeding
resolution of the issue.
The sources claimed that the
political administration had already arrested eight persons from
Deenikhel tribe to force them resolve the issue forthwith. It was
learnt that elders of the Umarkhel tribe have closed eight schools,
three community health centres in Upper Prang Ghar, while the Deenikhel
tribe have locked down four schools and a community health centre in
Lower Prang Ghar. The news
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