In a sudden violent action of burning down 12 schools in Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan by some unidentified terrorists, a massive number of students, mostly girls have been burnt down. This terrorist attack triggered protest by local residents seeking safety for educational institutions in the country which are often being targeted by the terrorists.
The schools are located in Chilas town which is about 130-kilometer from Gilgit and were targeted late last night by the militants. the militants set the schools on fire and also, damaged the school property across Diamer district. According to Superintendent of Police Diamer Roy Ajmal, of the 12 schools that are burnt down, half of them are girls’ school.
The Superintendent of Police said, “Police have launched a probe and security forces are searching for the culprits in the area.” The Officer also confirmed that no proof of a bomb attack on any school had been found so far.
There are previous incident of school attacks too in the history of Pakistan and some of them are still under construction. Hundreds of schools in north-western Pakistan have been attacked by the Taliban terrorists.
So far, none of the terrorist groups have claimed responsibility for the attacks.
In another incident earlier that year, two girls’ schools were being blown up by unidentified assailants. The terrorists have also blown up educational institutions in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).
Extremists violence against the schools and students, especially against the girls is not a new instance in Pakistan as the Nobel Prize winner and education activist Malala Yousafzai too was one among the unfortunate victims who are shot by the Taliban in 2012 due to her advocating girls’ education in the Swat Valley. such violent acts of Taliban and other extremist groups of Pakistan have led to disrupting the education of hundreds of thousands of children, particularly girls, in Pakistan. The Human Rights Watch (HRW) in its 2017 report have clearly stated how the terrorist attacks on the schools have hampered the new generations, especially the girls of the country.