Human Lives Human Rights: Eight teachers of government schools were killed in separate incidents in Parachinar, following which an emergency was imposed in hospitals and security put on high alert in the entire district.
According to the police, eight teachers of government schools were killed in different incidents in the Parachinar district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Police claim that unidentified persons killed a teacher by firing at a moving vehicle on Shlozan Road, while after the incident, seven teachers were killed in firing in the staff room of Tarimangal High School.
The deceased teachers were identified as Mir Hussain, Jawad Hussain, Naveed Hussain, Jawad Ali, Muhammad Ali, and Ali Hasnain. The teachers belonging to Toori Bangash tribe were performing their examination duties at Tarimangal High School.
According to the police, after the incident, transport routes across the district were closed due to security concerns, while an emergency has been imposed in hospitals as well.
According to sources, all the deceased teachers were posted on examination duty.
According to the local education board, the matriculation examinations organized by the Kohat Board in Parachinar and underway from April 28 have been postponed.
President Arif Alvi condemned the killing of teachers, and hoped the culprits will be arrested soon.
“The attack on teachers by the enemies of knowledge is condemnable,” he said in a statement, and prayed for the victims.
Federal minister Sajid Hussain Turi condemned the killing of innocent people.
“Strict action should be taken against the elements involved in the incident,” he stressed.
Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif also strongly condemned the incident of firing on teachers in Kurram district and expressed grief over the loss of lives in the deadly shooting.
In a statement, he condoled with the bereaved families and prayed for the early recovery of the injured and ordered provision of all possible medical assistance to the wounded.
The prime minister sought a report of the incident from the officials concerned.
Meanwhile, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan condemned the incident. In its latest Tweet, it said, “HRCP is shocked at the deaths of eight people – seven of them high school teachers in Parachinar – in two separate firing incidents in #Kurram. The state cannot afford to ignore rising #militancy in KP when even schools are once again falling prey to wanton violence.”