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MIRAMSHAH: Irritated by blockade of main artery of Miramshah in North Waziristan, the local Taliban Shura issued a ‘decree’ on Monday barring boys and girls from going to schools near the Cantonment area until security forces removed the barricades.

The Hafiz Gul Bahadur-led Shura warned parents not to send their children to five education institutions near the Cantonment area in Miramshah.

“Boys and girls will not go to these educational institutions until the road is opened for general public. If any boy or girl violates the decision of the Shura then he/she will be responsible for the consequences,” said a statement issued by the Shura.

Security forces permanently blocked the road because of security concerns after a suicide attack on Esha checkpost on March 24 which killed 24 soldiers and injured 40. Security has been tightened in the area since then. Regular imposition of curfew in the areas along the main road has badly affected social and economic activities in the volatile tribal agency.

The statement said the road blockade was causing huge inconvenience to the people and had forced hundreds of girls to pass through main streets and markets. “The movement of young girls and women through streets is against the teachings of Islam and local traditions. Therefore the Shura and the tribal people cannot tolerate it.”

The warning has put the future of hundreds of boys and girls at stake.

The garrison area boasts three semi-government English medium schools for boys, one high school for girls and one degree college for girls which has an enrolment of more than 400.

The educational institutions are already in tatters in Waziristan and other parts of the tribal region because of militancy and violence.

The statement said that Mujahideen (Taliban) had signed a peace deal with the government “for the glory of religion and to protect dignity of the local people”. It said the Shura had never put a ban on education in the area but they (Taliban) could not tolerate anything which negated tribal values and traditions.

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Comments (15)

April 16, 2013 2:09 am
“The movement of young girls and women through streets is against the teachings of Islam and local traditions. Therefore the Shura and the tribal people cannot tolerate it.” Visible women is undignified but children being prevented from studying is dignified!!! Taliban is sick!
April 16, 2013 4:43 am
They were always sick ,Where it is written in islam that women and children cannot pass through streets .they are realy sick .
Mohammad Farooq
April 16, 2013 5:06 am
Absolutely, misguided people with an unislamic self serving ideology.
imran khab
April 16, 2013 5:18 am
taliban have nothing whatsoever to do with islam, they are a bunch of stone age barbarians who have there own medieval mentality and philosophy which they call islam. as a muslim i have never read or known the kind of islam these savages propogate
Abdullah Hussain
April 16, 2013 5:41 am
For how long will we continue to read such news, I would not call it a Taliban victory, it is the authority that needs to defy the Taliban & decimate them.
April 16, 2013 6:12 am
The agenda is not of Taliban. A Muslim never put brake for continuation of education. In Islam education is must for men and women. Therefore, we understand that it is the agenda of our enemies of neighboring as well as Israel and some European countries are floating indescribable finances to destabilize Pakistan shouldering blames on Taliban for each and every events of terrorisms.
Left is Right
April 16, 2013 6:30 am
yup, we should blame the fairy godmother !!
April 16, 2013 6:49 am
Dont know about others, but you are definitely in need of some education.
April 16, 2013 7:39 am
It’s also depicts mind set of our security establishment which protect itself without bothering for the trouble bear by the bloody civilian as they call them. its also a sort of defensive tactics without reaching to the crux of the menace of terrorism!
April 16, 2013 8:26 am
Why our military forces not dirt their hands to clean up our country from these dirty, sick people, what consequences behind this I never understand.
gul khan
April 16, 2013 9:06 am
we support taliban closing school in afghanistan but not in pakistan.
imran khan
April 16, 2013 10:13 am
the only good taliban is a dead one
April 16, 2013 12:59 pm
Do you mean to say that the European and Israelis are irritated by blockade of main artery of Miramshah in North Waziristan. I truly love your imagination.
Khan Salam Khan
April 16, 2013 1:21 pm
Now listen to my Facts: Actually Taliban banned small kids going to schools where Army Camps are located due to recent intensive tension stalled between Taliban And Pak Army. and this Ban is just for 5 days. And this this was done to save innocent lives so plz dont beleive on fake Media.
April 16, 2013 1:52 pm
Why don't the Taliban put their "agenda" to the people through the ballot box if the're so eager to want to "rule" them, or can it be they have nothing between their ears and can only wave guns and shoot the innocent, defenseless people?
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