LAHORE - Following the Punjab government decision to close educational institutions, classes have been suspended in all the institutions. However, hostels of certain medical colleges are still opened where some students and doctors are staying. Talking to The Nation, Principal Allama Iqbal Medical College Dr Javed Akram said the college had been closed besides cancelling the exams for which schedule will be announced later on. He said though the hostels were not closed down but students vacated the premises at their own, and very few foreign and two locals from Waziristan were staying, as they could not be forced to leave the accommodation. Similarly, an office-bearer of Young Doctor Association said King Edward Medical College had also been suspended instructions but its hostels were vacated yet, as some doctors and students were residing there, adding that the management had asked them to stay at their own risk. He said due to closure of cafeteria and hostels mess, the doctors were facing great hardships. He said the hostels of Services Institute of Medical Sciences, Fatima Jinnah Medical College, Lahore General Hospital and Children Hospital were partially closed as the doctors had to stay for discharging their duties. According to a spokesman of Punjab government, the decision has been taken in the best interest of students, teachers and other staff. In a statement, the spokesman said in this connection heads and administration of educational institutions had been directed not to force the teachers and other staff to attend educational institutions. While talking to The Nation, students of Government College University (GCU) said terrorists, despite of their regular activities, are unable to frighten them. We are committed to extend our full support to Pakistan Army in its operation against the terrorists, Aamir Zakaullah said. Another student described the attack on Islamic University as a total security failure, saying the govt should be held accountable for the lapse. He believes that it is failure on the part of government policies, which pushed the country into a state of war. I would like to make clear to the terrorists that such attempts can never frighten the students of this country, Rana Saif Ullah another GCU student said.