More bomb hoaxes at schools
More bomb hoaxes at schools: Rumour mill grinds on
Lahore, March 24, 2008: Security for educational institutes on Sunday increased after the
rumours of bomb blasts at the National College of Arts (NCA) and the Punjab
University Institute of Art and Design (PUIAD).
A number of institutes
restricted people's entrance by erecting pickets with sandbags.
of bomb hoaxes had already created panic at APWA College, International School
of Choueifat, Lahore Grammar Schools, Beaconhouse School (DHA campus) and DPS
NCA: Haider, a student, said that security for the NCA had
been tightened after a bomb hoax. He said that after hearing it, students had
left their classrooms.
NCA Principal Nazish Attaullah said that she was
unaware of the incident because she just arrived the country today.
PUIAD: The administration on Sunday closed its main gates in the wake of
a bomb hoax.
A student said that an unidentified person had called and
said that the institute was involved in un-Islamic activities, so it would be
The PUIAD director said that the police had directed them to
close off the main gates by erecting pickets with sandbags.
National University (BNU): BNU Media Advisor Arfa Sarfaraz said that they had
tightened security and unidentified people were strictly banned from entering
FAST: FAST Director Dr Arshad Hussain said after the blast
at the Federal Investigation Agency building, they had issued directions to
tighten security. Students had been asked to carry their identity cards for
Lahore College For Women University (LCWU): LCWU Vice
Chancellor Prof Dr Bushra Mateen said that they had taken strict measures in
this regard. She said that the security guards had been directed to keep a
vigilant eye on visitors.
Kinnaird College (KC): A KC official said,
"Students and teachers have been directed to cooperate with us regarding
Forman Christian College University (FCCU): FCCU Registrar
Prof Hamid Saeed said that the FCCU had tightened its security. He said that
security guards had been directed to frisk every visitor.
College University (GCU): GCU Communication Advisor Muhammad Iqbal Anjum said
that like other institutes, the GCU had taken steps to improve security on
campus. Daily Times
All work and no play for students: No school trips because of security threats
Lahore: Although educational and
recreational trips are of great importance for learning and personal development
of students, various educational institutes in the city are avoiding taking
their students on trips this season, following a series of suicide blasts in the
It was learnt that most of the schools and colleges had not
arranged their traditional study or recreational trips in the spring holidays.
The administrations of such institutes said that they would not put their
students' lives in danger by taking them out. Moreover, a number of institutes
had not even announced spring holidays in order to make up for the time 'wasted'
owing to the blasts.
BNU: (Beaconhouse National University) BNU
Communication Advisor Arfa Sarfra said that no tours had been
organised in the spring holidays because of security reasons.
"No one can
take a risk by sending students anywhere in the current circumstances. The whole
country seems to be under attack, and no place can be declared safe," she
FAST: FAST National University Director Dr Arshad Hussain said,
"There are no spring holidays in our institute, because there is a burden of
study due to the semester system. There is no question of tours."
that students' tours were disturbed, and the university's international
conference on information technology had also been cancelled due to security
KC: An administrative official of the Kinnaird College (KC) said
that the college had been closed till March 25 for spring holidays, but there
would be no study tour this year. She said that a number of societies used to
organise their tours in collaboration with the administration, but none of them
was willing to take out tours this year.
LCWU: Lahore College for Women
University (LCWU) Communication Advisor Anjum Zia said that taking out tours in
spring had been a tradition of the university, but the LCWU administration had
asked the students not to arrange tours this year due to the threat to the
GCU: Government College University (GCU)
Communication Advisor Muhammad Iqbal Anjum said that taking out tours was a
healthy exercise. "A number of societies in the GCU are arranging trips, despite
the recent bomb blasts," he said.
PU: Punjab University (PU) Registrar Dr
Naeem Ahmed Khan said that the PU had always arranged more tours than any other
institution of the city. "We are in favour of taking out tours so that the
students could learn about the country's geography," he said. "Although we are
organising tours, we are avoiding sending our students to sensitive and
LACAS: Lahore College of Arts and Sciences (LACAS)
faculty member Uzma Tahir said that the administration had not
announced spring holidays at any of the branches. "A lot of time has been wasted
during the recent months and now we are trying to mange our credit hours," she
She added that LACAS had been organising tours, but the current
circumstances had compelled them to cancel the tours as well as their annual
LGS: A Lahore Grammar School (LGS) official said that parents
were not willing to send their children on tours. "The school administration
also thinks that we should avoid arranging tours," she added. She said that the
students were frightened after the blast at the Federal Investigation Agency
building, in which a number of students got injured. Daily Times
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