KARACHI - The intelligence agencies on Sunday warned of possible terror attack on school vans in Sindh.

According to letter communicated to Sindh Home Ministry from intelligence agencies, terrorists might target school vans in the provincial capital. It said militants could plant a magnet bomb in school vans in an attempt to target schoolchildren in avenge to execution of their accomplices.

The letter, addressed to Police, Rangers, and school administrations, said van drivers must not leave their vehicles anywhere for security reasons. It said drivers must keep their vehicles away from any metal material at the time of parking.

In a deadliest attack to retaliate against army operation in North Waziristan, Taliban gunmen stormed a school in Peshawar last week and massacred 148 people including 132 children, drawing widespread condemnations from across the world.

Following the terror attack, security forces have intensified their ongoing operations Zarb-e-Azb and Khyber 1. In addition, dozens of convicts who had been given capital punishment for their terror-related activities are being executed in various prisons of the country. This move by the government of Pakistan could get reaction from the terrorists who might target school vans as their soft target.

Cowardly attack exposes Taliban’s defeat

The cowardly attack of Taliban on innocent students shows their fear and defeat, and government should ban Taliban, their likeminded organisations and supporters, said speakers of a rally, jointly organised by National Trade Union Federation and Association of the Affectees of Baldia Factory Fire.

The rally led by NTUF central president Rafiq Baloch and leader of Association of the Affectees of Baldia Factory Fire Muhammad Jabbir marched from Arts Council to Karachi Press Club (KPC). A large number of the heirs of Baldia factory fire victims, representatives of different labour unions and industrial global union. Holding banners and placards, they raised slogan against the killing of innocent student.

The speakers said the brutal attack on innocent schoolchildren of Peshawar is a cowardly act, which symbolises the fear and defeat of extremist religious militias and it should be condemned in the strongest possible words. This is not the first attack of its kind but the logical result of taking reactionary state actions against the pro-worker revolutionaries and pro-humanity forces on the behest of imperialistic forces, particularly opening the nurseries of religious extremists from the decade of 70s. The insane militias that were formed with the patronage of state have become a curse of whole society and now the things have worsened to such an extent that after killing of thousand citizens now the innocent schoolchildren are also not safe from them.

They said this is not a new occurring but the logical result of wrong and irresponsible policies of the state institutions and military dictators; however, the whole society today is paying a heavy price for them.  They said now time is ripe that labours, peasants, women, youth and students should forge unity and raise a strong voice against these anti-humanity elements, who are busy in terrorism in the garb of religion, and no mosque, church, temple, school, bazaar and monastery is safe from their reach. They said that in these circumstances it is necessary that the state should refrain from its previous policies and take solid steps against these insane militias and stop their overt and covert support.

All seminaries should be brought under the orbit of law. Fundamental changes should be brought in curriculum modernising it on scientific lines.

The financial supporters of terrorist organisations should be booked and punished as per law. The religious literature based on hatred should be banned.

The use of mosques and worship places for fanning hatred should be stopped and all local and foreign outfits involved in terrorism and their supporting institutions should be banned.

Those spoke included NTUF deputy general secretary Nasir Mansoor, leader of Association of the Affectees of Baldia Factory Fire Muhammad Jabbir, NTUF vice president Rafiq Baloch, Home-based Women Workers Federation general secretary Zahra Khan and representatives of organisations related to Industrial Global Union Muhammad Suhail, Imran Ali, Akhtar Awan, Saeed Arian and Fareeda Zaheer.