ISLAMABAD - Attendance remained thin in all educational institutes on Monday due to uncertain security situation in twin cities.

Though the schools and colleges including public and private remind opened yet round 50 per cent students in Islamabad did not turn up, informed an official.  Around 10 to 20 students of each class turned up. Although curfew was said to be lifted by morning yet the roads could not be opened and many students residing in Rawalpindi could not reach the schools, said a teacher. 

Quaid-I-Azam university (QAU) and Federal Urdu University remained open but the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) and National University of Modern Languages remained closed on Monday and will be opened on Tuesday. Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has been taking examinations of different postgraduate courses across the country and the administration has announced that the papers falling during curfew will be taken again in Rawalpindi. 

Ripha University was also closed on Monday. The administration did not announce about the closure of the university that caused confusion and troubles for the students and they kept asking from each other and the administration whether it would be opened or closed on Tuesday.

Lawyers’ boycott

Lawyers of the federal capital boycotted from court proceedings to condemn Rawalpindi incident and expressed solidarity with the bereaved families of the victims.

Due to strike, no lawyer appeared before the judges and no court proceedings could be held at High Court as well as lower courts.

Hundreds of litigants returned back with empty hands as the courts adjourned their cases without any proceedings till the next date of hearing.

The meeting of executive body of District Bar Association (DBA) was held under the chair of DBA president Dr Syed Muhammad Anwar advocate and bar secretary general Qamar Inayt Raja.

In the meeting, they condemned the incident in which many people had lost their lives while some families also faced heavy financial losses.

The participants of the meeting also expressed their sorrow over the killing of nine people and expressed their solidarity with the aggrieved families.

They demanded that the miscreants responsible for the incident should be held accountable after arresting them.