Balochistan: Balochistan PA Concerned Over Target Killings
Below is an article published by The Nation :
Balochistan Assembly on Monday [April 5] expressed grave concern over the target killings of teachers and closure of educational institutions in the province.
The House also passed three resolutions and approved Balochistan Levies Force Bill 2010. The House began after two days break with Deputy Speaker Matiullah Agha in the chair. The House passed Balochistan Levies Force Bill 2010, which seeks to reconstruct and regulate Balochistan Levies Force in Balochistan.
It was tabled by Provincial Minister, Dr. Fouzia Marri on behalf of Home Minister Mir Zafarullah Zehri.
Balochistan senior Parliamentarian, Jaffar Khan Mandokhel moved an adjournment motion about the closure of Tameer-i-Nau Model School after the killing of its Principal Professor Fazal Bari in Eastern Bypass area of Quetta. He said that Balochistan was already lagging behind in education sector and killing of teachers and closure of schools and colleges would further increase its problems. ‘The literacy rate of Balochistan is hardly 15 per cent and closure of educational institutions will push Balochistan towards darkness’, he said.
He said that private institutions particularly Tameer-i-Nau was playing a pivotal role in provision of standard education to the students of the province and ,added, that owing to closure of Tameer-i-Nau Model School future of hundreds of students was in jeopardy.
Jaffar Khan said that due to incidents of target killing, teachers were leaving the province and a large number of teachers had already left Balochistan.
He said that those who were targeting teachers in the name of movement were not serving their people rather they were further pushing the province towards destruction.
‘I request my brothers who are running movement for Balochistan’s right should not target teachers’, he added.
Speaking on the adjournment motion, MPAs Raheela Durrani, Jan Ali Changzai, Captain (Retd) Abdul Khaliq Achakzai, Nasreen Kethran, Jaffar Jorge, Maulana Abdul Bari, Agha Zamrak Khan, Mir Asim Kurd Gailo, Sultan Tareen, Syed Ehsan Shah, Maulvi Sarwar, Agha Irfan Karim, Sanaullah Zehri and Zahoor Buledi strongly condemned the killing of teachers in the province and termed it a conspiracy against Balochistan. They said that the closure of schools and colleges would further push the province towards destruction because Balochistan was the most backward province of the country in the field of education.