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Islamabad Shuts More Schools Amid Heightened Security Concerns

Islamabad Shuts More Schools Amid Heightened Security Concerns

Despite Islamabad’s Inspector General of Police, Dr. Akbar Nasir Khan, assuring that the security situation is under control, several educational institutions in the federal capital have chosen to stay closed today.

In a video message shared on the capital police’s social media platforms, IGP Dr. Akbar Nasir Khan urged school officials not to alter school and college schedules, emphasizing that the security situation in the federal capital is presently manageable. However, despite the advice, the majority of institutions have opted for closure and switched to online classes. The International Islamic University, for instance, will remain closed from January 23 to January 26.

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Earlier, three prominent universities in Islamabad – Bahria University, Air University, and National Defense University – had already announced indefinite closures. However, Quaid-e-Azam University decided to reopen on Wednesday and rescheduled exams originally planned for Monday and Tuesday to Saturday.

The Private Educational Institutions Regulatory Authority (PEIRA) has advised private schools to enhance security measures. It clarified that schools across the federal capital will remain open. Similarly, the Federal Directorate of Education also made a similar announcement. On the contrary, the Deputy Commissioner of Islamabad clarified that the viral notification regarding the closure of educational institutions, markets, and commercial banks is fake.