PESHAWAR - Condemning the killing of a schoolteacher in Karak, the Government Teachers Alliance (GTA) has set a two-week deadline to arrest the killers and warned that agitations across the province would be launched.

Addressing a news conference at the Peshawar Press Club on Monday, GTA Karak Chairman Javed Iqbal said that a teacher of Koh Maiden Primary School Muhammad Arif was killed in line of duty by some unknown armed men on September 16. After the killing, the association chairman said the teachers started protest campaign to arrest the killers of Mohammad Arif and tried them under Anti-terrorism Act (ATA). He, however, expressed concerns over non-arrest of killers. He lamented the district administration was using delaying tactics in this regard.

Flanked by Fazal Wahab, Asmatullah and Khairul Hawari, he denied any link of the slain teacher with any organisation. He also questioned the role of government and law enforcement agencies in protecting lives and properties of the masses. He said the teachers are playing an important role in inculcating knowledge into new generation.

The killing of an academician, he said, was strongly deplorable aimed at creating panic and terror among the teachers community and asked the government to take prompt steps to avoid any such incident in future.

 The GTA has set October 27 deadline for accepting their all demands, otherwise it would start third phase of protest from October 28 to November 02. According to the protest plan, teachers would tie black ribbon on arms as a token of protest, would stage a protest demonstration outside the Peshawar Press Club and boycott to attend classes for indefinite period of time from November 11.