LAHORE - Lahore High Court has directed Punjab government to ensure security measures, as per directives given earlier, in all public and private educational institutions across the province.

An LHC bench also directed the government on Saturday to launch a public awareness campaign through different modes to sensitize public on security issues pertaining to educational institutions.

A division bench comprising Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah and Justice Ayesha A Malik of the LHC was hearing a petition seeking directions for the government to ensure security in all public and private educational across Punjab in wake of Peshawar incident which took lives of 132 children and 10 others.

Advocate Zain Sakandar had filed the petition saying that security concerns had surfaced after Peshawar incident and everyone was worried about the security of their children and teachers. He pointed out that the security agencies had badly failed to ensure peace and now the attacks were being made in schools. He requested the court to direct authorities concerned to take steps to improve security of all schools.

During the in-camera proceedings, the court ordered the government to regularly monitor the security at all educational institutions. The bench further asked all the educational institutions to approach concerned DCOs for additional security measures.

The Schools secretary had already assured the court that private schools would not charge fee in the name of security measures. He added that monitoring teams had also been constituted which were checking security measures regularly.

Police officials also told the court that expenses on security measures could not be passed on students in their bills and would be borne by the institutions themselves.

The court adjourned further proceedings till Feb 06, with directives for Punjab government to submit reply on the next hearing.