At least 10 suspects have been arrested who were allegedly involved in the torching of 12 girls’ schools in Diamir, Chillas. Spokesman of Gilgit Biltistan government Faizullah Firaq said that four suspects were arrested Friday and six were arrested on Saturday. He expressed that the arrested suspects have been shifted to Darel Tangir police station for investigation. It is worth mentioning here that at least 12 girls’ schools were attacked in Chilas and Derel areas about 130 kilometers from Gilgit late Thursday night.
Unidentified men attacked 12 girls’ schools in Boatar and Thor areas of Chillas and Diamer districts and damaged school property, police said. The attackers also torched some of the items in schools in Giyal, Tabor and Khenri areas. The police have started a search operation in the area to arrest the responsible. Moreover, Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar took notice on Saturday of the attack on at least 12 girls’ schools in Chilas earlier this week. Justice Nisar further ordered the government, the secretary Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) to submit a report on it within next 48 hours. The secretary interior has also been directed to present a report.
Meanwhile, Human Rights Watch (HRW), a New York-based advocacy group, has urged Pakistan’s government to prosecute those responsible for attacking and burning down at least 12 schools in Diamer district of Gilgit-Baltistan, and to take steps to better protect students and teachers from violence.
“The devastating attacks on schools in Diamer highlight the dangers that many students and teachers in Pakistan face on a regular basis,” Bede Sheppard, deputy children’s rights director at Human Rights Watch, said in a statement. “The government should promptly investigate and prosecute these attacks and ensure that children have a safe place to attend school.” HRW said Pakistan faces significant education challenges, with an estimated 25 million children out of school. Militant violence has disrupted the education of hundreds of thousands of children, particularly girls, and cited several cases.—APP