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Taliban stop students from going to schools

Published Apr 16, 2013 07:02am


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A screen grab taken from a video released on September 11 shows Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militants.
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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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Shruti Apr 16, 2013 02:09am
irfan Apr 16, 2013 04:43am
They were always sick ,Where it is written in islam that women and children cannot pass through streets .they are realy sick .
Mohammad Farooq Apr 16, 2013 05:06am
Absolutely, misguided people with an unislamic self serving ideology.
imran khab Apr 16, 2013 05:18am
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 Apr 16, 2013 05:41am
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.
KhanChangezKhan Apr 16, 2013 06:12am
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 Apr 16, 2013 06:30am
yup, we should blame the fairy godmother !!
Ashfaque Apr 16, 2013 06:49am
Dont know about others, but you are definitely in need of some education.
Azad Apr 16, 2013 07:39am
SMA Apr 16, 2013 08:26am
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 Apr 16, 2013 09:06am
we support taliban closing school in afghanistan but not in pakistan.
imran khan Apr 16, 2013 10:13am
the only good taliban is a dead one
Jeeves Apr 16, 2013 12:59pm
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 Apr 16, 2013 01:21pm
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.
Tariq Apr 16, 2013 01:52pm
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?