ISLAMABAD: Authorities in Islamabad have said extraordinary security measures have been taken at all private and public educational institutions in Islamabad to prevent any untoward incident in the wake of the current wave of violence in the country.
Sources in Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) informed that in view of the renewed threats from the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), the FDE has started sending security related instructions to the educational institutions throughout the city. “We are considering deployment of security personnel at educational institutions, particularly those offering co-education, and personnel of police have also been placed at some institutions to make sure that educationalist live in a peaceful atmosphere,” sources in FDE told Daily Times.
The sources said situation in the whole country was not a hidden secret and since the collapse of talks with the militants so enhancing security in educational institutions was the need of hour. Keeping in view the threats, the high ups in FDE decided to enhance security at all institutions for the safety of students and teachers both in the public and private sector institutions.
Meanwhile some educational institutions against which extremists have not only objections for teaching modern values but also children of very important personalities are studying there have tightened the security and in this regard they’re planning to install new CCTV cameras to instill confidence among students, while others are planning to follow suit, an official of a girl college told Daily Times.
She said that Taliban has a history of targeting girls educational institutions therefore many educational institutions in the city have decided to beef up their security in the wake of current wave of terrorism in the country. In the meantime educational institutions like NUML, NDU, Air, Bahria and Iqra University also have a strong security system at the main gate of the campus where outsiders without university ID card are made to register their names, phone numbers and also their vehicle numbers before entering in the premises of the university.
Qauid Azam, Islamic, Foundation and Arid Agri Culture University has also started increasing their security staff strength from 4 to 8 within the last couple of days. When approached, the acting director general of the FDE Mr. Mehmood Akhtar Malik said in recent meeting of the heads of all colleges it was decided to tighten the security in the educational institutions of capital city due to the prevailing law and order situation. He also informed that he has started sending the security-related instructions to the 423 institutions working under the FDE.
On the other hand it was learnt that IG Islamabad has ordered beefing up security at all police stations, offices of police officers, police headquarters, training centers, schools, hospitals, dispensaries, residential colonies and government buildings in order to meet any untoward incident.
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