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Gligit-Baltistan Pakistan

Huge protests after the fire at the Diamer Girls’ School

A girls’ school in the wee hours of Tuesday was set ablaze in Darel valley of Gilgit-Baltistan’s Diamer district by unidentified people. Following the event, a protest against the decision was held later that day by hundreds of female students and instructors from across the district. They urged harsh punishment for the “terrorists” and the rapid arrest of those responsible for setting the school on fire

The school was completely destroyed by the fire. The furnishings couldn’t endure the fire.According to a FIR that the local police have filed, the culprits set fire to the Girls Middle School and then fled.

The FIR was filed in accordance with Sections 6 (terrorist act) and 7 (punishment for terrorist act) of the Anti-Terrorism Act, as well as Sections 34 (acts carried out by multiple people in furtherance of a common intention), 341 (punishment for wrongful restraint), 427 (mischief causing damage to the amount of fifty rupees), and 436 (mischief by fire or explosive substance with intent to destroy house, etc.)G-B Police and other officials were directed by Chief Minister Khalid Khurshid and Chief Secretary Muhiudeen Wani to guarantee the arrest of those responsible for the terrible incident

With the promise to take “severe action” against the culprits responsible for the incident, the chief minister has asked the police for a report.CM Khurshid termed the burning  byas “upsetting,” and he ordered an immediate repair of the building so that classes could resume.

The G-B chief secretary responded to the incident by saying: “We will not let them [the protesting students and teachers] down and will hunt the miscreants and bring them to justice.” He promised that the government would rebuild the school in the next days.He pledged that this school would have the best infrastructure of any school.

“Now the Deputy Commissioner, Commissioner, DIG and SSP Diamer and Chillas will be responsible for the protection of educational institutions of girls,” the official said.

He continued by saying that the school would also include extra amenities like a sports facility, library, and an IT lab.The G-B Chief Secretary added that attitudes against females’ education should not be intolerable. On August 3, 2018, 12 schools—at least half of them were girls’ schools—in the Diamer area were set on fire by miscreants in what appeared to be an attack on education, which is regarded as the pinnacle of advancement in the majority of advanced civilizations