Terrorist attack on university students
Dastardly attack against innocent students
Islamabad, Oct 21: Depressingly, though perhaps not unsurprisingly given the beliefs of
militant extremists, an educational institution has been targeted by
two suicide bombers in Islamabad. That the institution happened to be
the International Islamic University may be doubly shocking to some.
But the dastardly attack against innocent students on Tuesday is
indicative of the fact that the fight for the future of Pakistan does
not just pit the 'godless' against the 'true believers'; it is actually
a war by a radical minority in society that is bent on imposing its
millenarian ideals on the rest of the population, including those
trying to educate themselves about Islam in a modern environment. Since
the middle years of the Musharraf era, the Islamic University has seen
a number of changes in its administration and outlook that have put the
university in the 'moderate' camp of Islam, a change that, to the
militants, amounts to heresy, or even apostasy. And it is now well
known that anyone who holds even a slight difference in interpretation
of Islam with the militants is a 'legitimate' target.
motive for the bombing of the IIU is not known yet, but two things are
known. One, Tuesday's attack is another in a wave of suicide bombings
and fidayeen attacks since the state indicated its intention to enter
the ground zero of militancy in South Waziristan. Two, while the IIU
has not issued a statement in support of Operation Rah-i-Njiat, it is
known that the government and the security establishment have reached
out to the media, civil society and other civilian institutions for
support. Perhaps, then, the militants have decided to demonstrate their
anger at the lack of support for their 'cause' among the public.
wickedness of Tuesday's attack, however, raises fresh fears for the
public. Security officials have in recent weeks repeatedly warned of
the possibility of attacks against civilian targets, including
educational institutions. Until Tuesday, there was no way to
independently assess how real that threat was. Now we know that the war
is widening. Many schools in the country were closed at the start of
the week in apprehension of violence in the cities and towns. After
Tuesday, more schools will close temporarily. But here is the
terrifying reality: schools, colleges and universities are soft targets
and securing them against the threat of suicide bombers is all but
impossible, especially in the short term. The country is not sinking,
but we are slipping towards the very ugliest terrain of urban militant
violence. And at this time of great danger, we must also ask: what else
will shake leaders such as Nawaz Sharif, who are still on the fence, to
take a firm stand against militants and support the effort to subdue
"Its very sad to see this kind of situation in Pakistan.I HOPE THAT THE GOVERNMENT take a serious action regarding the SECURITY for schools in PAK. "
City, Country: london,england
"i m happy that the universities are been closed bz of the situation in pakistan no one knows who will die today but when the citizens go outside their homes they see here and there in dare of bomb blasts every person look each other and says that he had got bomb and he......so its very great work done "
City, Country: peshawar,pakistan
"w cannot be affraid of blast.they want to demorlised our institutions our values.be a unite nation w play positive.pray for poor people whoes families sufferings in that condition7."
City, Country: rawalpindi,pakistan
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Students expressed resolve to fight terrorism
Islamabad: Lauding the decision of Federal Directorate of Education
(FDE) for not closing its institutions, the students said they would
not succumbed to terrorists' threats who wanted to destabilise society.
The students of various institutions have expressed resolve to join
their hands against terrorists.
Schools located in cantonments
in various parts of the country and most of the private schools were
closed due to threats posed by present security environment in the
However, Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) decided
to continue to hold classes in schools and colleges under its control.
"We must fight against the scourge of terrorism with unity instead of
abandoning the studies," said Zunara Khalid a student of local school.
want suspension of educational activities and we must not serve their
purpose by creating harassment among the parents and children," she
Another student, Ali said terrorists wanted to keep the
students away from studies so that the country could not progress.
Educated youth can play its due role to make them fail in their
nefarious designs.Closure of educational institutions will have
psychological impact on the minds of the children, and will create a
sense of insecurity, another student said. The government is playing
its role for eradicating the terrorist activities, but civil society
and especially the educational institutions should join hands with
them, he added.
Principal of Islamabad College for Management
and Commerce (ICMC) Amir Rizwan appreciated the decision of FDE not to
close the educational institutions. The holidays will affect the study
routine of the students and create a sense of insecurity. Especially,
college students who have to cover their syllabus in a limited time
period will be disturbed.
Rizwan said, "the situation is normal
as far as FDE institutes are concerned. My own child is going to school
without any fear." However, an official of Roots School System said
majority of private institutions in twin cities and federal government
schools in cantonment areas had been closed for a week. So, the
management of Roots School System also closed all its branches for a
She said it was important to take precautionary measures
in such situations. The school will reopen next Monday (October 26). app
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IIU students staged a protest on Malik's arrival
Islamabad: The International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI)
students staged a protest on Tuesday on the arrival of Interior
Minister Rehman Malik after the terror strikes at new campus of the
Over 200 students staged a protest demonstration as
soon as Malik reached the scene of blasts. The students chanted slogans
against the government and the minister for failing to protect life and
property of the citizens. They demanded that the government provide
security to citizens including students on the campus.
of the view that IIUI students were vulnerable on the campus. "If our
lives are not secure inside the institution, how could it be expected
that we are safe outside," they maintained.
They said few days
ago all the international private institutions were closed due to
threats of terror attacks, but IIUI, where hundreds of foreign students
were studying, were left without proper security. "Malik himself has
admitted that it was a security lapse and he is continuing to say this
whenever any blast occurs," they said, adding that they were feeling
vulnerable and it would earn a bad name for Pakistan in the world.
students said in present situation they were unable to concentrate on
their studies and they intend to leave hostels for an indefinite period.
pelted stones on police escorting the minister. Malik visited Shariah
Block of the university and soon left the place without talking to
media. Daily times
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FJWU, PMAS-AAUR closed
Rawalpindi: The terrorist strike at International Islamic University
Islamabad (IIUI) on Tuesday prompted the administrations of Fatima
Jinnah Women University (FJWU), and Pir Mehr Ali Shah-Arid Agriculture
University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR), to announce holidays till October 25.
Shamim Zaidi, spokeswoman for FJWU, said that after the
tragic incident of IIUI, the university administration had decided to
close university till Sunday to avoid any untoward situation.
said FJWU housed only female students and their security was
a major concern of the university administration.Hostels
security: She said the university administration in collaboration with
the women police had beefed up security of FJWU five hostels housing
600 students. She said no girl would be allowed to leave the hostel
unless her parents arrive to take her with them.
PMAS-AAUR spokesman Musa Kaleem said that in the wake of
terror strikes the university administration had also decided to close
the university till Sunday.
While the private educational
institutions had already been closed in Rawalpindi and Islamabad, the
federal and provincial governments also announced on Tuesday to close
their institutions until security situation improved.
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Quaid-i-Azam University reopening
Islamabad: The Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) would reopen on
Thursday (October 22) and regular classes would restart on the same day. In this regard, all hostels
(boys and girls) would be reopened on Wednesday evening to accommodate
students, says a press release here on Tuesday. The news
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Sihala college being used only for training
Islamabad: The US embassy said on Tuesday that the
'law-enforcement training facility' set up at the Sihala Police College
in 2003 at the request of the government of Pakistan was being used to
provide training only to Pakistani police personnel.
Responding to a report which was based on an official letter sent
by the commandant of the Sihala college to the IG police, the US
embassy said the facility had a 'transparent' existence.
denied that any 'monitoring' equipment had been installed at the facility.
The statement said that since 2003 the United States had provided
training in a variety of counter-terrorism-related skills to federal
and provincial police officials at the Sihala Police College.
It said the administration of the college had repeatedly visited the
facility and the current commandant had access to the facility at any
time. Daily times
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