Imran Khan stopped from entering Peshawar school

Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan on Wednesday faced huge embarrassment when he was barred by parents from entering the Army School in Peshawar, where 134 children were killed in a terror strike.

Updated: Jan 14, 2015, 16:48 PM IST
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Peshawar: Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan on Wednesday faced huge embarrassment when he was barred by parents from entering the Army School in Peshawar, where 134 children were killed in a terror strike.

Holding posters and banners, the parents tried to stop Khan`s vehicle from entering the school premises. 

The demonstrators complained that it took Khan a month to come to Peshawar after the massacre. They also accused the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief of politicising the issue.

Khan was accompanied by his wife Reham Khan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak. The newly-wed couple had planned to visit the school on the day when the school was reopened after the Taliban attack. However, they were advised to postpone their visit.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid said Khan faced slogans of "Go Imran, Go!" because of his negative approach in politics.

He accused Khan of creating hurdles in the way of implementing the national agenda against terrorism.

Traumatised students who survived Pakistan's worst terror attack that claimed 150 lives returned to their Army-run school on Monday, clinging on to anxious parents with horrors of the deadly carnage still fresh in their minds.

Army Public School (APS) here reopened along with thousands of educational institutions across the country after an unusually long winter break, extended for 12 days due to threat of militants.

The schools which were able to fulfil the criteria set by the government were issued no-objection certificates (NOCs) whereas some institutions which failed to make arrangements such as installation of CCTV cameras and higher boundary walls across the campus boundaries were not issued NOCs.

Army Chief Gen Raheel Sharif along with his wife visited the school here and met children at the gate of the school which was attacked by the Taliban militants on December 16.

The militants killed 150 people, including 134 students, during a 7-hour siege, leading to closure of educational institutions across Pakistan.

(With Agency inputs)