School life helps youth overcome Lal Masjid saga
ISLAMABAD, Aug 28: With the reopening of schools and colleges after
summer vacations, life is returning to normal in the capital city that saw its
worst times when security forces stormed the Lal Masjid in July this
Though students are still carrying grim memories of the Lal Masjid
and Jamia Hafsa saga and have instructions from their parents not to visit
public places, with each passing day they are getting more and more involved in
their routine school life.
Earlier, there were reports that the
government might consider extending summer vacations due to the deteriorating
security situation in the capital city, but schools resumed their classes as per
schedule on August 15.
Following the decision of the government, private
schools also went ahead with their time table and at present all educational
institutions have reopened after the summer break.
When asked, students
of the City School's capital campus expressed their sad feelings about the whole
episode of Lal Masjid and hoped that no such incident takes place in
Replying to another query, they said they still feel a kind of
hidden fear, as every other day there was a suicide bombing elsewhere in the
country and Islamabad had been hit twice after the Lal Masjid
"My father is in the air force and I have been strictly asked
not to use the staff car outside the precincts of the Air Headquarters. Besides,
all of my class fellows have instructions from their parents not to move outside
the school's boundary," a student of class-VII said.
Talking to us, a
female teacher of the school who was waiting for her transport also argued that
"it (Lal Masjid saga) should have not happened and the government should have
opted for some other option to solve it."
She also admitted that students
did express a kind of discomfort whenever they talked about the happenings that
the usually peaceful city of Islamabad had undergone over the last couple of
"Of course, it is a changed city after the killing of so many
young people at the madressah followed by the worsening law and security
situation. I remain concerned until my three sons come back from their school,"
a father who was also waiting outside the school premises said. Dawn
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