CHINIOT/BAHAWALPUR

Amidst security fears, public and private educational institutes are reopening here like other districts of Punjab province on Monday.
The Punjab government issued standard operating procedures (SOPs) regarding security arrangements in education institutions and claimed to have completed arrangements. There are contradictory claims that no substantial security measures have been adopted except for raising walls, installing wires and CCTV cameras and deploying security guards.
Security measures cannot stop terrorist attack, as the Army Public School Peshawar had much more security than a common school,” said father of a student. He added he would not be sending his children to school and see how the day goes. The government responded in the wake of Bacha Khan University attack and took measures to avoid criticism.
There are more than 100 public schools without boundary walls in the district. The administration said it would take around three months to raise walls.
There will be no representation of public or civil society in the security advisory committees as these bodies will initially comprise officials of security/secret agencies and policemen.
District Coordination Officer Shaukat Khichi inspected various schools of the district Chiniot along with District Police Officer Abdul Qadir Qamar. The DCO expressed satisfaction over the security arrangements under the SOPs issued in this regard. The DCO ordered to seal Din College Chiniot due to inappropriate security arrangements.
Likewise, police sealed two major educational institutions in Bahawalpur several others in Rahim Yar Khan district due to insufficient security arrangements.
The sealed institutions include Islamia University Bahawalpur Railway Campus and Post Graduate Degree College. Police evacuated the educational institutes immediately and directed to improve the security arrangements till 31st of January.
Over the security concerns, education institutes throughout the Bahawalpur District were checked and during the checking Islamia University Railway Campus and Government Degree College located at One Unit Chowk Bahawalpur were sealed as security arrangements were found to be improper after.
DSP Shafqat Atta said that after the Charsadda university attack, police throughout Punjab including Bahawalpur were issued directions to improve the security of the educational institutes. In this regard, IUB and Post Graduate College were issued directions for multiple times but they did not take notice, he said.
In Rahim Yar Khan District officer Elementary District Monitoring Officer and intelligence services officials checked the educational institutes for security at Church Road, Satellite Town and Dari Sanghi. During the checking, police found faulty the security arrangements in Holy Cross Merry Coaching Centre, Allied School of Dari Sanghi, Satellite Town Standard College and Al Noor Boys Campus on which these institutes were sealed. The owners were issued notices and orders to improve the security arrangements by 31st of January.