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Kids back to Taliban-hit school after winter break

Kids back to Taliban-hit school after winter break
The schools which were able to fulfill the criteria set by the government were issued no-objection certificates (NOCs) whereas some institutions which failed to make arrangements such as installation of CCTV cameras and higher boundary walls across the campus boundaries were not issued NOCs.

Army chief Gen Raheel Sharif along with his wife visited the Army Public School (APS) here and met children at the gate of the school which was attacked by the Taliban militants.

The militants killed 150 people, including 134 students, on December 16, during a 7-hour siege, leading to closure of educational institutions across Pakistan.

A tweet by army spokesperson, Maj Gen Asim Bajwa, said Gen Raheel joined the students in the morning assembly. “Standing proudly to sing national anthem,” Bajwa said.

About 20 soldiers were seen at the main entry point of the APS in the morning, with an airport-style security gate installed at the front. Elevated boundary walls with steel wire fencing were also put in place around Peshawar and in schools throughout the rest of the country.

The APS management said that psychological counselling sessions would be given to staff and students till January 17, whereas regular academic session would begin from January 19. The winter break in schools across Pakistan was extended for 12 days in the aftermath of the Taliban attack on APS. Strict security arrangements were in place for re-opening of schools.

Pakistan has asked all schools to increase security and install CCTV cameras as the educational institutions are still at threat.


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