Lahore- The Human Right Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) expressed their concern over forced closure of schools by militants in Panjgur, Balochistan.
Tanzeem-ul-Islam-al-Furqan, a budding militant group in Balochistan, threatened private schools and distributed flyers against western-style education in Panjgur. Masked assailants spread terror by ransacking three schools and manhandling teachers and staff to stop girls’ education, which they deemed as ‘haram (prohibited) in Islam’.
This extremist body was able to intimidate most private schools into submission and forced them to close their doors to about 25, 000 students.
The HRCP issued a statement today in which they called upon the government to confront the rising threat to education in Balochistan and ensure the provision of security to both male and female students. The drive for stopping girls from going to school is not new in Pakistan. The attack on Malala Yousafzai is just the most infamous example but it now seems to be spreading to parts of the country that had previously been spared, they added.
Balochistan’s Chief Minister had assured action against extremist elements threatening private schools in Panjgur, but locals still fear retribution and schools are yet to open there, he concluded.