Monday, March 23, 2009

Girls’ school targeted in Urban NWFP

Daily Times of Lahore has reported that militants have bombed a girls' school in Mardan, which is an urban centre in the Frontier province in Pakistan. A few months earlier, militants bombed a boys' school on Warsak Road in Peshawar, the capital of the Frontier Province.

It appears that the militants are getting bold by the day and are now targeting schools in the NWFP's urban centres, where the State should be able to enforce its writ. The decline into chaos in NWFP is a source of personal pain and anguish as well. My family members were involved in setting up the first Women College for higher education in Mardan in the late sixties. Seeing girls' schools being targeted forty years hence suggests the return to a regressive ideology that the State and the citizenry should check employing all moral imperatives.

From Daily Times in Lahore: Girls' school blown up in Mardan

MARDAN: Unidentified men blew up a girls' school in Mardan on Sunday. According to police sources, the men planted explosives near Government Girls High School Hattian, located near the residence of NWFP senior minister Rahim Dad Khan. The sources said the blast caused panic among the residents. However, no casualties were reported.

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