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KARACHI: The principal of a school in Karachi's Baldia Town was killed on Saturday when attackers lobbed a hand grenade at the private institution, DawnNews reported. The principal, identified as Abdur Rasheed, belonged to Awami National Party, and had reportedly been receiving threats.

Four children were also wounded in the grenade attack which was followed by gunfire targeting the school.

The attack occurred while a prize distribution ceremony was underway at the school.

Police and Rangers personnel reached the school soon after the attack. Moreover, rescue teams shifted the wounded to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Doctors said some of the injured were in a critical condition.

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imtiaz
March 30, 2013 7:38 am
Taliban sure don't like education, ask Malala Yousafzai. Science and education is poison to religions.
bkt
March 30, 2013 7:42 am
What insanity is this? Was this a girl's school like in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Afghanistan?
bulX
March 30, 2013 7:48 am
The four headlines at dawn.com at this time: Principal killed, four children wounded in grenade attack on Karachi school One killed, six wounded in Mardan explosion Eight injured in Lahore factory fire One killed, two wounded during targeted operation in Lyari Every day is a new low. Attacking a scholl prize distribution! There is no lower point to descent to.. Wake up Pakistanis, this is way, way beyond what your country can take lying down. I am aghast, where is tlight? And I am not even a pakistani. - b
Muhammad Farooq
March 30, 2013 7:56 am
Inna lilallah-e-wa innaalaihe rajoon! I fail to understand why a concerted action by police, rangers and army is not being taken to arrest terrorists roaming around in Karachi. I remember a statement by former interior Minister Mr Rehman Malik just a few days before his departure, that there was no need of grand operation in Karachi. There is very much a crying need for a grand operation in Karachi. Obviously the police is not able to do it single-handedly. It is not enough to lament the loss of precious lives. The state must and should fulfill its constituitional obligation of safeguarding lives and properties of the citizen, it can be done only when all such killers and master minds are arrested and punished without delay. Also there is acute need to check all incoming arms from all points into the city and intelligence has to do a better job of knowing and advising concerned authorities in advance of any such devilsh plots so they are foiled before they can actually take place. I am confident that the caretaker government will rise to the occasion do the job without fear and favor. A job that could not be done in the last five years of previous government.
wanderer
March 30, 2013 8:00 am
it is due to our own mistake of not standing against sectarian forces, one by one all the sects starting from the weakest would suffer. it reminds me of saying in which the person says that they came for some one and i did n't bother then they came for the next one and i did not raise my voice and ultimately when they came for me , NO BODY CAME FOR MY HELP. Our press is also dragging its feet as it is not condemning these acts openly may be due to threats. But what is happening is called insanity.
Rakesh
March 30, 2013 8:18 am
This is horrific! What kind of demons are they to attack small kids in their schools! And the irony is that the grenade and the weapons they use, are all developed by people after years of education! If only our education promoted peace as the paramount virtue to be practiced by all!
concerned
March 30, 2013 8:23 am
Please bring the army immediately to Karachi.The govt.and army are SLEEPING while terrorists are having a field day.How many more deaths do you want to see.
Bilal
March 30, 2013 8:54 am
Shame on those who defend them and wake up call for those who still want to negotiate with them..
Manomoni
March 30, 2013 8:56 am
Looks more like usual sectarian violence...
Dur-e-Abbas Malik
March 30, 2013 9:40 am
We are moving toward wrong direction. God can only help us
Rashid
March 30, 2013 9:55 am
How much more can Pakistan take time for the government to go in and carpet bomb the Taliban.
The 12th Man
March 30, 2013 10:33 am
Your comment is also disgusting. Does it always have to be girls/women rights? Are we so sold this feminist extremism that we can't see that innocent's blood is innocent's blood and has no gender? Why does it matter if it was a girl's or a boy's or a co-ed school. Please get over your obsession of crime against women. Why can't we simply condemn barbarism for what it is really worth?
Asif Kashmiri
March 30, 2013 10:45 am
Animals... even they are better than this...
Azi
March 30, 2013 10:47 am
This is no religion, No religion allows killings of any human being, This thing of wajib-ul-qatal is pure insanity.
sidra
March 30, 2013 10:56 am
those attacking children and women can not b muslims....talibans must correct their knowledge of islam...attack on educational institutes is the clear negation of the teachings of Holy Prophet (P.B.U.H)
Assad
March 30, 2013 11:56 am
One more act of violence by the TTP. They need to be slaughtered enmasse. This is the only solution.
kamran
March 30, 2013 11:56 am
dont agree, for GOd only helps those who help themselves!
Sad
March 30, 2013 12:16 pm
Any idea why they attacked a school and kids??they sud join the army and figth against other armies...not against kids!!
Jaan
March 30, 2013 12:28 pm
Disgarceful barbarity - another question needs to be asked is what is a political agent doing leading a school? Chilldren need to be educated by educators not civil servant politicians. Nonetheless hope the murderers are caught and punished - i feel for the children who were killed
Peter
March 30, 2013 1:18 pm
Even God has written off this insanity
pathanoo
March 30, 2013 1:23 pm
The madness seems to have no end but the end to Pakistan is in sight if this mayhem is not stopped soon. Wake up, Pakistan.
Muhammad Ahmed
March 30, 2013 1:26 pm
Conclusions without investigation! Are we so wired to say "Sectarian Violence", "Taliban Did That" , " Kill This", "Carpet Bomb That" for every such tragedy. Whoever did this deserves to be hanged; whether Taliban, sectarian elements, political forces or even if someone did this for personal enemity. We have tendency to be reactive without even without taking the time to reach the facts.
M. Mian
March 30, 2013 1:31 pm
God isn't going to descend from the clouds. God has given Pakistanis knowledge, physical and intellectual abilities as well as all the weapons they need to protect themselves and destroy the enemy within. The nation is disunited from top to the lowest level. Mullahs have taken over the leadership of the masses. Mullahs do not unite people. They gain prominence by promoting hatred against those who reject their call for disunity. God isn't going to help those who refuse to indulge in a moment of personal analysis (hisaab) and act in the name decency and Islamic morality. Pakistanis must rise up individually and collectively to erase mullahism from the nation's map. Mullahs are attacking every institution that is essential for the survival of Pakistan. Think and act, Don't complain.
Yawar
March 30, 2013 1:42 pm
For the sake of Allah, STOP THIS INSANITY
Shair Khan
March 30, 2013 2:21 pm
Pakistan should stop tolerating these crimnals
Rashid Siddiqui
March 30, 2013 2:42 pm
I have a strong feeling that once Imran is in power he shall stop his posturing. Having followed him since he was a teenager I think he is going to take take these terrorists head on. The Taliban know this and have already threatened to kill him. But then it is better to die on your feet than live on your knees.
Jalaluddin S. Hussain
March 30, 2013 2:43 pm
It is not simply barbarism. If we want to end cruelty and ruthlessness in Pakistan, we will have to try to establish a society based on justice, fairplay, honesty and rule of law.
Gamo
March 30, 2013 2:43 pm
Army can't handle this kind of situation. That's why they don't want to get involved. Government too can't do anything due to political expedience. People - the common people - alone can bring change by electing right people. Give mandate to right people, who are not afraid to fight all kinds of terrorists and then support them. But unfortunately, none among current leaders, and politicians are such 'right people'. So the situation is hopeless. First thing, therefore, is to identify such right people, bring them up, support them, give them mandate, and see them bring better change. If you can't do that, why blame others?
Sheeraz
March 30, 2013 3:13 pm
What school was this? Was the prize distribution ceremony taking place at the school, or somewhere else?
Gerry D'Cunha
March 30, 2013 4:40 pm
yawar: this insanity will not stop - the TTP have made their mind to complete their mission and impose their islam through hook or by crook through this upcoming election - pakistan ka khuda hafiz
khan
March 30, 2013 5:07 pm
The Govt is not sleeping. They are not simply there as they don't know what to do with this menace. They are not there for the People or Pakistan. They have only one agenda to fill their own tummies with your money.
Shahpur
March 30, 2013 6:02 pm
It looks like Pakistan and Pakistanis are doing OK. Pakistan will be a society similar to India. Only if our Arab Fiends can keep their hand out of our domestic problems.
Naseer
March 30, 2013 6:15 pm
This is interesting put the blame on the principal rather than the terrorists. I would rather educated people and educationists be members of political parties then illiterate selfish people.
Naseer
March 30, 2013 6:18 pm
If people have sympathies with the Lal Masjid brigade who were trying to impose their rule, this will not stop. Rule of law is the most important thing.
kausik
March 30, 2013 6:38 pm
Is police impotent or corrupt in Pakistan particularly Karachi if the media knows parts of Karachi including the school district controlled by Taliban are they incompetent to act or they are corrupt u do not need army to act on every internal issue.This act is Brutal just like newton incident in USA except that the murderer was killed by police.
krishna prasad
March 30, 2013 7:42 pm
why army? Youngsters form committees and do rounds in local areas to protect your people in your community area. Please agree to form a committee with all young people in your area irrespective of religion and help fight it tooth and nail until your last breathe. No one will come close to you since it is such a powerful group no one including terrorists or anti-social /state forces can intrude into your area. Celebrate your holidays, festivities 2-3 times each month and make your lives happier and peaceful and prosperous. You can do it.
Naseer
March 31, 2013 4:44 pm
Agreed, that is the way forward.
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