KARACHI: All army schools in Karachi will remain closed till January 31 due to security reasons. The decisions to close the army schools in the metropolis were made on Tuesday night. The parents of the students enrolled in the schools were informed of the decision regarding the school closure in the night as well. Earlier, the convocation ceremony of Karachi University was also postponed due to security reasons.
Dpa adds: Large areas of Pakistan are increasing security at educational institutions after a deadly assault on a university campus, officials said Wednesday. Additional measures were being taken to improve security at more than 64,000 educational institutions in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province where the attack occurred, said the province’s public health minister, Shah Farman.
Private security guards are manning the schools and police are being deployed at vulnerable places, he said. Newly proposed legislation would make it easier for staff to carry weapons, and technology is also playing a role. “We had a special mobile phone app at disposal of the head of institutions to immediately alert police in case of any threat by militants,” he said. “We are now expanding it to link to the local police stations for quick response.”
The app provides a map of the institution under threat, he said. In the capital Islamabad, security barricades and extra policemen were being deployed at school entrances, police officials said. Security was also reportedly being enhanced in the largest province of Punjab in the east, where police were being enrolled to help train private security guards.