Lahore educational institutions security
Schools to remain closed till security put in place
Lahore, Oct 23: The government will not open educational institutions
until satisfactory security arrangements are put in place. Out of 103
high-profile educational institutions in the City, only 40 have security system
while rest of them have been asked to take security steps according to their
requirements as soon as possible. Senior Adviser to Chief Minister Punjab Sardar
Zulfiqar Ali Khan Khosa told the Punjab Assembly while responding to a point of
order on Wednesday.
The Assembly session last day started one and a half
hour beyond the stipulated time 10:am with Speaker Rana Muhammad Iqbal in the
On a point of order by Ch Safraz Afzal, the House offered fateha for
the students and others who killed in attacks on Islamic University Islamabad on
Tuesday. The House also condemned attacks in the strongest terms.
opposition wanted the House to discuss the terror situation in the province
particularly following the Islamic University attacks but the Chair did not
allow upon which Amna Ulfat staged a walkout. Dr Tahir Ali Javed of the Forward
Bloc raised the issue of closure of the schools in the context that it was a
loss to precious studies of the students. He asked the government to come clean
on the real hands behind the terrorist acts in the country without giving it any
other colour so that people could well know the real faces out to disturb our
In reply, Zulfiqar Khan Khosa said the government would not
open the institutions unless adequate security measures are put in place
according to the needs. He said last day attendance in the schools was 50 per
cent less which was likely to come down to 90 per cent out of terror scare and
this factor also came into consideration while taking decision to close down the
institutions. He said instructions had been passed through the home department
and the DCOs to all institutions to complete their security arrangements. Khosa
also urged the Chair to prorogue the current session as terrorists had also made
threats against the Assembly.
"I think atleast they should give a reopening date of the colleges and universities . I dont think closing the institutions is the solution of this problem . This new wave of terrorist activity strated after the so called RAH-e-Nijat mission . I think instead of fighting with them we should have a truce . Because in this war only the common man is suffering . Almost all of our ploticians bank balances are in the foreign banks and countries , their families are not in pakistan so waht do they care about us . They themselves just in their luxurious cabins like scared rats and let the common people die . "
Name: Ahmad Mubashir
City, Country: Lahore,Pakistan
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Students resent government's decision
Lahore: Uncertainty still prevails in Punjab owing to no
clear message from the government as to how long the educational institutions
will remain closed so that the student should show patience against the loss of
Although it is just second day when the government had
announced closure of the institutions, the students of both private and the
public colleges and schools have started to resent the government decision. They
are confused as one minister says the institutions will reopen from Monday while
the other says they will remain closed for indefinite period till proper
security mechanism is put in place.
The government finding inadequate
security arrangement in most of the high-profile private schools in the City,
has asked them to beef up security at their own and also adopt all measure
required to foil any terror attempt. Obviously, the cost of the security
measures, as students of the private institutions fear, will have to be borne by
The police department has agreed to deploy force outside the
institutions but how many would get that cover from the available number of
police personnel is a big question.
Following the instructions of Punjab
government, all the educational institutions have been closed and its hostels
have been vacated, however, hostels of certain medical colleges are open where
some students and doctors are still staying.
An officer-bearer of the Young Doctor Association said King Edward Medical
College was also closed down but the hostels were kept opened for some doctors
and students where they were staying at their own risk. However, they have the
facility of food at the hostel mess, he added.
A spokesman of the Punjab
government has said educational institutions in Punjab had been closed for
providing security to the students, teachers and concerned staff. In a statement
the spokesman said heads and administration of educational institutions have
been directed not to compel teachers and other staff to attend the educational
President of All Pakistan Private Schools Management
Association Adib Javidani and other office-bearers of the association said in a
joint press conference that government by closing educational institutions had
fulfilled the desire of America who wanted to destroy our education system. All
other provinces had announced the closure till October 25 but the Punjab
government had announced it for an indefinite period which, they said, was not a
right decision. They said if the Punjab government did not announce opening of
the educational institutions by October 25 and provide security to them, their
association would start protest across the province. The nation
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Schools & colleges to be re-opened soon
Lahore: Senior Provincial Minister Raja Riaz Ahmed has said
that Punjab Government has taken concrete steps to save lives and properties of
the masses and closure of educational institutions is an in-time strategy. He
added that as soon due security measures are taken all educational institutions
would be re-opened, soon. He also appealed to the people to remain vigilant and
keep on eye on anti terrorists to avoid any untoward situation.
While talking to
media, Senior Minister said that terrorists would never be allowed to set a
parallel government. He said that our Armed Forces have under taken advancement
and their efforts have foiled the nefarious designs of anti state elements. He
assured that all necessary steps would be taken by the Punjab Government, in
this regard and security agencies perform immediately to meet the situation.
Replying to a question, Raja Riaz Ahmed told that on his initiative Prime
Minister intervened in the matter and instance of Punjab on water distribution
has been discussed in Council of Common Interest. He said that keeping in view
present circumstances no province should think to take share of other. He said
that working relationship between federal and Punjab Government is up to the
mark and matters are being solved amicably. F.P. report
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Campuses told to take independent security measures
Lahore: The Punjab government has asked all educational institutions to adopt independent security
measures instead of engaging law enforcement agencies personnel, as the latter
are not only outnumbered but are also facing various challenges.
latest security measures were floated in a meeting on Wednesday, which was
attended by the Punjab chief secretary, the home secretary, the inspector
general of police (IG) and the vice chancellors and heads of various educational
A fresh list of security measures was issued to the
educational institutions, including the universities, in order to cope with the
terror threat, which has emerged after the twin bombings at the International
Islamic University in Islamabad (IIUI).
The administrations of all key
educational institutions still believed that the current measures issued by the
government would not be sufficient to tackle the terror threat and opening the
campuses without proper security would not be safe.
The new measures include the installation of closed-circuit TV (CCTV) cameras at
sensitive points in and outside the campuses along with a proper monitoring room
to coordinate with all internal and external security links. The institutions
were also ordered to install walk-through gates and deploy guards to search
people with metal detectors. The institutions would also set up parking lots
away from the premises, visitors may be asked to walk from the parking lots or
an inter-campus shuttle service should be created to facilitate students and
teachers. The decision aimed to avoid any vehicles laden with explosive ramming
into the premises of the institutions and to prevent car bombings.
institutions have been asked to keep the majority of their gates blocked and
closed with a proper monitoring system and only one or two of the gates should
be opened for entrance and exit purposes. The security guards must be equipped
with sophisticated weapons and other security equipments to counter the
automatic weapons and modern techniques being used by the terrorists to
infiltrate different buildings.
Visitors and guests: The government also
urged a ban on the presence of guests in student hostels in order to avoid
penetration of unidentified persons inside the campuses and to avoid any
No student or staff member would be allowed inside the
educational institutions without identity cards. The administrations were also
asked to launch an awareness campaign among the students and the staff members
on how to respond to a possible terror attack. The institutions were also asked
to build properly secured boundary walls with barbed wires, and to establish
watch posts in order to counter a terrorist trying to enter into the premises.
The administrations of the mainstream educational institutions hailed
the new security measures issued by the government. However, they were still
uncertain about whether these measures would be sufficient to counter the highly
trained terrorists. They held internal meetings about whether to open the
institutions or wait until the threat has been eliminated with the conclusion of
the military operation in South Waziristan.
Punjab Senior Minister Raja
Riaz said that the government was closely observing the security
situation, and schools and colleges would reopen soon after sufficient security
measures had been installed.
He said the Punjab government had taken
concrete steps to save the lives and properties of the public and the closure of
educational institutions was an in-time strategy adopted in the interest of
students and public. Riaz said the nation would soon hear good news regarding
the ongoing battle between the terrorists and the Pakistan Army. Daily times
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Efforts on to secure education centres
Lahore: The provincial government and administrations of educational
institutions are trying their best to ensure security of students and staff of
these establishments which are being considered under serious threat from
militants since they hit a varsity in Islamabad on Tuesday, claiming six lives.
The Punjab government on Thursday decided to check all buildings and
open places near educational institutions to ensure their security.
decision was taken at a meeting presided over by Home Secretary Nadeem Hasan
Asif, held here to review security arrangements being made for the educational
The meeting asked police to thoroughly check all buildings
and open spaces within and outside the educational institutions and submit
clearance reports to the home department after the checking.
the Punjab University and Government College University are going to adopt
various security measures in the wake of terror threats.
administration has decided to set up three parking lots at the extreme ends of
the New Campus near Islamic Centre and IBIT. No vehicle, either of a student or
visitor, will be allowed on the campus other than these parking lots.
shuttle bus service will be started to pick students and visitors from the
parking lots and to drop them at their respective departments and hostels and
Parents will now pick and drop their children at the main
gates of the varsity.
Walkthrough gates and CCTV cameras will be
installed on the entry and exit gates and mobile squads will also be present
there round the clock. Only gate No 1, 2 and Islamic Centre gate will be used
for entry and exit purposes.
Bikes without varsity stickers and vehicles
of teachers and employees will also not be allowed entry to the campus.
Teachers, students and employees will be asked to keep an eye on their
A meeting in this regard was held at PU on Thursday with
Vice-Chancellor Kamran Mujahid in the chair.
Similarly, GC University
Vice-Chancellor Khalid Aftab also discussed the security arrangements at the
varsity with the heads of all administrative and academic departments here on
Dr Aftab said the varsity would adopt all necessary measures
for the security of its students and staff. He welcomed various suggestions in
this regard and ordered their implementation.
Registrar Sahibzada Faisal
Khursheed said students would be informed about the opening of the varsity and
its hostels through its website and print and electronic media. He said all the
scheduled meetings, functions and sports competitions had also been postponed
till further orders.
Meanwhile, the PU Institute of Business
Administration has extended the deadline for the submission of admission forms
for MBA and PGD (evening programme) till Oct 29, while the entry test will be
held on 1st Nov, 2009. Dawn
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