Schools in Pakistan closed due to terror threats
Last Updated: Monday, October 19, 2009, 16:13
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 Lahore told.

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 areas.

"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 days.

In the north western city of Peshawar, which witnessed several suicide attacks in recent days, schools and colleges were closed for three days.

Bureau Report

First Published: Monday, October 19, 2009, 16:13

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