Police officers hold their weapons as they stand guard in Peshawar. – File photo by AP
– File photo by AP

PESHAWAR: A Pakistani girls' school teacher was killed in a drive-by shooting on Tuesday in the country's volatile tribal belt on the Afghan border, officials said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but militants are particularly opposed to girls' education in the northwest, where they have bombed hundreds of schools in recent years.

Shahnaz Nazli, 41, was shot dead in Shahkas, near the town of Jamrud in Khyber tribal district, between the northwestern city of Peshawar and the Afghan border.

She was on her way to the government girls' primary school in Shahkas when gunmen fired at her about 200 metres from the school and fled, local government official Asmatullah Wazir told AFP.

“The teacher was killed after unknown gunmen on a motorbike shot her and fled,” Wazir said.

Local education officer Mohammad Jadoon Khan confirmed the shooting and death of the teacher.

Violence has increased in northwest Pakistan ahead of elections, which are due on May 11 and which will mark the first time an elected civilian government completes a full term in office.

Last October, a Taliban gunman shot and wounded schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai for campaigning for girls' education in Pakistan's Swat Valley, in an attack that shocked the world.

The military has long been fighting Taliban and other insurgents in Khyber, which straddles a key Nato supply route into Afghanistan, where US-led combat troops are due to leave next year.

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A Bhalla
March 26, 2013 12:34 pm
Good Going Pakistan! Keep it up ! Its useless educating girls anyway!
Masood Baig
March 26, 2013 5:33 pm
It is shocking news. One more deadliest assault on school teacher. How long it will be happening in the name of God. Allah only will punish them one day as it has been witnessed in the past. Masood Baig.
March 26, 2013 5:28 pm
March 26, 2013 2:33 pm
There are so many things we can do in addition to just praying. Why don't rest of the Pakistanis come out to streets as they did when an american shot two people dead in Lahore?
March 27, 2013 1:04 pm
Someone should tell the Generals their decisions are causing the country grief. I'm sure they could end all this in a minute if they really wanted to.
Iftikhar Husain
March 26, 2013 12:23 pm
It is tragedy an innocent teacher has been murdered by ruthless militants my sincere thoughts are with the family od the teacher. it is shocking news and shows how difficult is the life in that part of the world we can only pray for the stability in the near future.
March 26, 2013 1:53 pm
Is that best they can to someone who is someone's daughter, sister, wife and mother, shame on you, you cowerd's...
Asif Kahsmiri
March 26, 2013 2:01 pm
You murderous cowards... you animals in human skin , I hate you from the bottom of my heart. If anyone is a shaheed , its her , may her soul rest in peace. Atleast we have brave women in Pakistan!
March 26, 2013 6:57 pm
These scourges of the earth are blowing up schools and killing teachers and students. Still our political party leaders want to sit with down with them and have discussions. How more gullible can we be to trust these parties. Rest in peace my sister Shahnaz Nazli!!! You are a shaheed!! I am so sorry to write that I was not there to defend you. The only thing I can do is put my feelings in this posting. I cry for you and for all those whom these animals have killed or maimed.
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