Concerns over school going children's safety
Parents worried about children's safety
Rawalpindi, Oct 25: The parents are reluctant and still worried to send their kids to schools and
colleges despite government announcement of reopening of education institutions
from Monday (October 26).
The incident of terrorism at Islamic
International University has raised serious doubts in the minds of parents about
the safety of their school and college going children.
Mrs Nasir said that she was herself a schoolteacher and mother of three
school going children. "I am worried about the studies of my children due to
closure of their school, but their safety is our first priority."
have been laying stress on the school administrations to ensure security of the
children that is also worrying for the school owners. Muhammad Saleem,
who runs a private school at Tench Bhata said that it would be
difficult for the private school owners to bear the extra cost of security, but
we will try to address the people's concern. The news
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Reopening of International Islamic University
Islamabad: The International Islamic University, Islamabad (IIUI) will reopen on
Monday said a press statement issued by the university on Saturday.
the academic and administrative activities will resume on Monday. University
administration issued instructions to all students, teachers & employees to
attend the university normally. University busses with go on all routes to
collect the students and employees.
Meanwhile the university
administration said "Save Pakistan Rally" will be held at
the International Islamic University, Islamabad (IIUI) on Monday when the
university will reopen after closing of five days due to two suicide blast at
Shariah Faculty and Women Cafeteria on October 20, 2009.
Muhammad Malik, Rector IIUI, Dr Anwar Hussain Siddiqui, President IIUI and Dr
Zafar Ishaq Ansari, Vice President IIUI will lead the students rally. This rally
will start at 11.00 a.m. from the boys hostel lawn and will go to the Shariah
Faculty. Where the students will lay dawn the flowers in memory of their fellows
who have been martyred during the suicidal attack. A large number of Students,
teachers, and Employees will participate in the rally.
An other rally of
female students will start from the women campus and go the Women Cafeteria
where the girls students lay down the flowers. The Purpose of these rallies is
to show the dedication and courage of the students, teachers & employees
against the terrorist attacks on Pakistan and educational institution. The
students will also pray for the solidarity, security and peace for Pakistan. Daily times
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Death toll in IIUI attacks rises to seven
Islamabad: Death toll of twin suicide attacks at the International
Islamic University, Islamabad (IIUI) rose to seven as another female student
succumbed to injuries in a hospital here on Saturday, hospital administration
The deceased was identified as Amna Batool, a student of English
Literature, died in the Surgical ICU ward of the Pakistan Institute of Medical
Sciences (Pims) at around 10:50am.
Later, her body was taken to her
house, located at G-11/2, where her funeral prayers were offered. She was led to
rest at H-11 graveyard. Ms Batool was among 36 persons, who sustained
injuries in the suicide attacks. Dawn
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Young generation support armed forces
Islamabad: A large number of students from different schools and colleges of the twin
cities staged a demonstration on Saturday to show their unflinching support to
the armed forces in their ongoing battle against militants and vowed to remain
united for betterment of the country.
The impressive outpouring of
sentiments by future leaders of the country took place at a popular public spot
in the heart of the capital city, which is reeling from a series of
terrorist attacks so far claiming hundreds of lives including female students of
International Islamic University, Islamabad.
The participants of the
event, jointly organised by Young Pakistan, Young Youth Alliance and Young
Citizens, showed firm determination that they would render any kind of sacrifice
to save their loving country.
Carrying national flags, banners and
placards, the participants chanted slogans against increasing militancy and
demanded of the government to take every step to get rid of the menace
threatening integrity of the country.
Speaking on the occasion Ayla
Hussain from Young Pakistan, a non-governmental organisation, said that the
people of Pakistan especially students would put in their best efforts to embark
the country on the road of progress and prosperity. "We are united and are fully
capable of defending our country. No one can mute our voices because the
students always play their key role in the hour of need," she said. She said
that the green flag shows us the way; to be peaceful, to progress and to spread
light and knowledge, adding this is what visionaries like Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad
Ali Jinnah, Allama Iqbal, Chaudhry Rehmat Ali and Liaquat Ali Khan had envisaged
for their Pakistan.
Raheel Khan said that the green colour in the flag
represents prosperity; white symbolises peace; the white crescent represents
progress; and the white star, light and knowledge. "We, the people, want to see
the vision of founder of Pakistan Muhammad Ali Jinnah not, as a dream but as a
prophecy. Inshallah, with the support and dedication of patriotic Pakistani
citizens, Pakistan will one day become one of the greatest nations in the
world," he said.
The youngest participant of the demonstration was
5-year old Ayan, who is studying in Army Public School and reached the place
with her father.
Ayan said she feels scared while watching dead bodies
and blood on the television screens and she wants all the people to remain
united and peaceful.
She said "Our teachers have told us that if we
want to make our country stronger then we should remain peaceful and move
towards the path of progress and prosperity."
Tahir Abbas, district
coordinator of Young Pakistan, said that they have started a 'Flag Movement' to
unite the nation against looming adversity and rekindle a feeling of patriotism
in every Pakistani citizen. The news
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Adjournment motion filed on IIU suicide attacks
Islamabad: Five members of National Assembly have filed an adjournment motion to discuss
suicide attacks in International Islamic University (IIU). MNAs Raja Muhammad
Asad Khan, Abdul Majeed Khan Khanankhel, Malik Shakir Bashir Awan, Syed Javed
Hasnain and Nighat Perveen have moved this motion to discuss a matter of urgent
"We move an adjournment motion to
the House to discuss a matter of urgent national importance. This relates to the
unfortunate day of October 20 when two suicide bombing incidents rocked female
students cafeteria and Shariah block of International Islamic University killing
a few students, male and female," said the contents of the motion.
It further stated, "after this
incident, all educational institutions were shocked and feared terror. It is
therefore, imperative that this motion be discussed in the House." app
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Security plan almost finalised
Rawalpindi: Plan to give maximum-security cover to visitors at the allied hospitals in the
prevalent critical law and order situation has almost been finalised on
A meeting chaired by Principal Rawalpindi Medical College and
In-charge Allied Hospitals Professor Dr Mohammad Mussadiq Khan Saturday
deliberated upon how the allied hospitals, doctors' hostels of RMC and nurses'
hostels of the three nursing schools at the allied hospitals could be made more
Top officials at administrations of the hospitals said that implementation of the security plan discussed in the meeting
would take another few days.
Medical superintendents of the three
hospitals including Holy Family Hospital, Benazir Bhutto Hospital and District
Headquarters Hospital, Principals of the three nursing schools at allied
hospitals, administration officer of RMC and wardens of doctors' hostels at RMC
attended the meeting.
The meeting decided that every hospital would have
a single entry and exit point. The boundary walls of the hospitals would be
erected higher and barbed wire would be installed at the walls. Hand searching
of all persons entering the hospitals would be made possible and visitors' cards
would be issued to visitors at the allied hospitals.
He said that the meeting also decided to make possible screening
of all visitors with the help of metal detectors, while of vehicles with mirror.
"Every vehicle entering the hospitals' premises would be issued entry
pass/ticket, however, the hospitals would charge no fee for the purpose," he
He said that the hospitals would make presence of security staff
possible in the inward sections. "It has been planned that a few staff members
would be deputed to keep watch on visitors in all the three shifts."
query, Dr Ijaz claimed that most of the security measures discussed in the
meeting have already been implemented.
Dr Mussadiq said that the hospitals and allied premises of RMC have been facing
shortage of staff and implementation of security measures might take a few more
days. "We have decided to hire additional security personnel from security
He said that it is not possible for the allied
hospitals to stop entry of vehicles to the hospitals' premises as it would cause
a permanent traffic jam on Murree Road and on roads leading to DHQ hospital in
"We will, however, try to take maximum possible security
measures to make hospitals, nurses' and doctors' hostels safer for the staff and
visitors," he claimed. The news
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