LAHORE - Private schools will not open unless the government provides sufficient security to protect the students from any terror strike.

All Pakistan Private Schools Association chairman Kashif Mirza said yesterday that parents and students were in panic after repeated incidents of terrorism in educational institutions like Army Public School Peshawar and Charsadah University. He demanded of the government to provide foolproof security to the private schools .

Schools in Punjab are closed following the terrorist attack on Baacha Khan University in Charsadda.

The government decision of schools closure has been widely criticised by not only the opposition parties but also Federal Minister for Interior Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan.

SOPS FOR MEDICAL COLLEGES: Separately on Saturday, CM’s Adviser on Health Kh Salman Rafiq directed for the implementation on SOPs for ensuring foolproof security arrangements at medical colleges and hospitals in the province.

Chairing a meeting for reviewing security arrangements at medical colleges, teaching hospitals and specialised health institutions at Civil Secretariat, he stressed the need of taking steps for promoting sentiments of tolerance and patience.

Vice chancellors of King Edward Medical University, Fatima Jinnah Medical University, principals of all medical colleges, heads of teaching hospitals and specialised healthcare institutions attended the meeting.

The meeting decided elevation of boundary walls of medical colleges to eight feet, fixing barbed wire on walls, installation of security cameras, setting up control rooms and deployment of security guards.

Secretary Najam Ahmed Shah directed the authorities concerned not to recruit security guards above the age of 47 years.

He further ordered hiring services of officers of the rank of at least retired major or colonel of Pak Army for commanding security matters, besides close liaison with district administration regarding security arrangements.