Diamer Attacks

August 6, 2018

The recent terroristic attacks in Diamer schools shaken the nation, twelve schools were attacked overnight appears synchronized attacks by unknown attackers in Diamir about 130-kilometre from Gilgit, raising fears of increasing extremism in a relatively peaceful area. Diamer is the lowest-ranking district in terms of quality of education in Gilgit-Baltistan GB, with a score of 36.37, and among the 10 lowest-ranking districts in Pakistan.

The attackers mostly targeted girls’ schools, the area is known as tourist region located on the Chinese border famed for its high peaks. The region is the home to world´s second highest mountain, K2, and numerous other peaks attracting mountaineers and tourists from around the world.

If we look back in the history Gilgit Baltistan has relatively free of the violent militancy that has overwhelmed other parts of Pakistan for years. Though, the attackers assaulted the schools at night no one was injured however, they torched books, school record and some items.

So far no group claimed responsibility for the attacks, but Pakistani Taliban and allied militants, who regard girl’s education as anti-Islam, have been attacking thousands of schools for girls in north-western and northern parts of the country. But on the other side Gilgit-Baltistan is also an important part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), and is one of the most attractive areas in the world and also for tourism and trade with China. So the attacks in the region had been a well planned and coordinated act.

As the Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar remarked that schools were burnt down in GB after the call for construction of dams. The country is on the verge of a water crisis, adding that the building a dam was the need of the hour. “The people of Pakistan must get this implemented whereas took notice of the attacks and ordered government, Secretary Gilgit-Baltistan to submit a report regarding the incident.

Police claimed that some of the suspects have been arrested and one named Shafiq killed during comprehensive search operation but as Pakistan is looking forward for its stability in all aspects, these attacks have huge impact on the country in a scenario where we are in economic crises and political instability; these attacks must be investigated with wide approach. Pakistan can’t tolerate such incidents any further.

Schools were burnt down in GB after the call for construction of dams

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