QUETTA/PANJGUR - Uncertainty prevails among parents and students of Panjgur as private schools, closed on May 7th in the aftermath of threats by a militant outfit, could not be reopened.

District Police Officer (DPO) Panjgur, Dr Sameeullah said on Sunday that a comprehensive security plan has been devised with the help of law-enforcing agencies to provide fool-proof security to the students and schools administration.

Elaborating the plan further, he said two police men and one levy personnel would be deployed at each school.

Special teams have been constituted for patrolling and escorting the school vans carrying students, he added.

Some 20,000 students of the district could not be imparted education at their institutions since May 7, when the schools were closed for security reasons after a newly surfaced militant outfit Tanzeem-ul-Islami-ul-Furqan (TIF) threatened to target private schools, especially the English Learning Centres imparting co-education. The outfit TIF later, further aggravating the situation, on May 14 had attacked and set ablaze a private school van carrying female students in Panjgur.

The students luckily remained unhurt but the incident spread panic and uncertainty among parents, concerned about their children’s education and future.

The civil society, politicians, educationists and non-governmental organisations in their protests lashed out at elements active to hamper girls education and called for concrete steps for the reopening of the institutes and security to the teachers and students.   

Chief Minister Balochistan Dr. Abdul Malik taking notice pledged that his government would tackle anti-education elements with iron fist and not allow them to hamper girls education in the name of religion.

Malik also directed Home Department to probe the matter to bring the culprits to book.

TIF later, seeing the response from civil society and government's commitment to curb such elements with iron hand, altered their stance and said in pamphlet that they were not against women education but the education being imparted at these schools was against local norms and traditions.

Junaid Ejaz, and Mah Bano students of Mehmar e Nau school regretted that they have lost some very important days and urged early resumption of educational activities.

Ali Jan, a father of a student worried for his future stressed concrete steps to ensure reopening of the schools.