Pak minister vows to build more school amid warning by Taliban

A Pakistani provincial minister on Friday vowed to step up construction of schools, amid warnings by the Taliban to disrupt girls education in the country’s restive northwest Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

Updated: Nov 13, 2010, 00:01 AM IST

Peshawar: A Pakistani provincial minister
on Friday vowed to step up construction of schools, amid warnings
by the Taliban to disrupt girls education in the country’s
restive northwest Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

Describing girls` education as un-Islamic, the Taliban
militants have destroyed hundreds of schools across
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and the adjoining volatile tribal belt.

The government would build ten schools in place of
every one destroyed by Taliban militants to promote education
in the country’s northwest, Sardar Hussain Babak, the Primary
Education Minister in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government, told
a convention of teachers of state-run schools in Charsadda
district.

Babak, a senior leader of the secular Awami National
Party (ANP), described the radical Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam and
Jamaat-e-Islami parties as "political wings of terrorist
organizations".

Extremists in the provincial capital have warned
drivers of girls` schools of dire consequences if they do not
stop taking students to schools in two days` time.

It has sparked a panic among the drivers, who have
sought security from the government.

The latest threat reflects an upsurge in activities of
Taliban fighters in the urban areas of the province. It has
increased pressure on parents to stop sending their children
to school.

The secular ANP, which is also part of the ruling
coalition at the centre, has lost over 450 workers and leaders
in attacks by militants in the country`s northwest.

PTI