Islamabad: Educational institutions in
many parts of Pakistan reopened today after remaining closed
for almost a week in the wake of a deadly suicide attack on a
prestigious university though attendance in most schools was
reported to be low.
Authorities had closed schools and colleges across
Pakistan after two suicide bombers struck the International
Islamic University in Islamabad on October 20, killing eight
persons, including four female students.
Educational institutions were directed to beef up
their security before reopening.
Most schools and colleges in the federal capital and
Punjab and Sindh provinces reopened today but reports said
attendance was as low as 50 per cent in many cities as parents
were apprehensive about sending their children for classes due
to fears of more attacks.
In Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad, some private schools
chose to remain closed for a few more days so that they could
put in place better security measures.
Some schools in Lahore also remained closed as
authorities said they had failed to comply with security
guidelines framed by the government.
In Balochistan province, educational institutions will
remain closed for three more days to mourn the assassination
of Education Minister Shafiq Ahmed Khan, who was shot dead by
members of a nationalist group yesterday.