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Naming college after Malala

KHYBER Pakhtunkhwa chief minister Ameer Haider Hoti announced naming the Government Girls Degree College, Saidu Sharif, Swat, after Malala Yousufzai.

The decision was taken without keeping its dangerous and fearful aspects. Naming that college after Malala may decrease the enrollment ratio of students and will be a major security risk for every student.

We all know that during 2007 and 2011 more than 400 schools were destroyed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and now the change of name might result in more attacks by terrorists on that college and other students.

It was reported by some officials that there was a shortage of teachers and a lack of science and computer laboratories in that college and that naming it after Malala will gain the government’s favour.

If there is a shortage of teachers and a lack of science and computer laboratories, why doesn’t the government provide these facilities? Why does the government want to expose more girls to dangers of terrorism?

Students of that area know the hazardous and destructive effects of bomb blasts and suicide attacks on their schools and public places.

Their mosques, shrines, funeral prayers, markets, and educational institutes are targets for suicide bombers.

The students fear that the new name will make their institution a potential target for the militants. Some girls claimed that militants had made telephone calls, threatening to attack the school.

Our current generation has already become a victim of this menace. Terrorist attacks on various important organisations and cities have made every Pakistani conscious about these terrorists.

We must think wisely. We should not provide any chance to anyone to terrorise and harm any student. Honouring Malala may be an inspiration for promoting women’s education in Pakistan.

But, on the other side, it may give birth to countless militant attacks on girls, especially in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

If our police, Rangers and army personnel are not safe in their headquarters, how can this small college be given a guarantee for security?


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