Islamabad/Lahore: Schools and educational
institutions, including those run by the army, across Pakistan
were today closed down for a week due to terror threats in the
wake of a major offensive against the Taliban in South
Waziristan tribal region.
All army-run schools, including those in Lahore,
Muzaffarabad and Rawalpindi, were closed for a week. Schools
and colleges run by the federal government in Quetta and
Rawalpindi too were closed for a week.
"The decision has been taken by authorities for
security reasons in the wake of the military operation in
South Waziristan," an army official in the eastern city of
The official said there were reports that the Taliban
could target educational institutions, especially those
located in cantonments, in a move to pressure the government
to end the military operation in Waziristan and other tribal
"They (Taliban) are so desperate now that they can go
to any extent," he said.
In the federal capital, notices pasted outside several
leading private schools said they had been closed for three
In the north western city of Peshawar, which witnessed
several suicide attacks in recent days, schools and colleges
were closed for three days.