All army-run schools in Karachi will remain closed from January 27 till Jan 31 in wake of serious security threats.
According to the announcement; all army run schools in Karachi will remain closed for five days and reopen on Monday.
Earlier, both government and private schools across Punjab were closed from January 26 till Jan 31 for the same reason.
Sources said the announcement about closure of schools was meant to boost security following last week’s Taliban attack on Bacha Khan University, Charsadda.
An announcement to this effect was made late Tuesday evening.
On Monday, the Punjab government announced closure of all public and private schools in the province from Jan 26 to 31, citing extremely cold weather as the reason.
Amid heightened security concerns, Karachi University (KU) on Tuesday postponed its annual convocation which was scheduled to be held on Jan 30.
According to the sources, the decision was taken during a meeting held to discuss preparations for the convocation.
Chaired by the vice chancellor, the meeting was attended by three faculty deans, director evening program, university registrar, finance director and Karachi University Teachers Society president among others.
All government and private schools in Rawalpindi will be shut on Wednesday, while a number of private schools in the capital are also expected to be shuttered, following the confusion caused by a last-minute Punjab government decision to close all schools in the province.
But the confusion caused by this order also spilled over into Islamabad, where a number of private schools remained shutting on Tuesday, while others sent students home and closed early.
Late on Tuesday night, Minister for Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD) Tariq Fazal Chaudhry issued a statement, saying that all public schools in the federal capital will be open on Wednesday.
The Islamabad Convent School also announced holidays until Jan 31 in a statement posted on its website. However, they claimed that the step was being taken due to cold weather.
Private Educational Institutions Regulatory Authority (Peira) Member Imtiaz Qureshi said that there were no official holidays in Islamabad. He said that, “We never issued any directive to private schools, but some of them are observing holidays on their own.
The Bacha Khan University in Charsadda reopened on Monday amid tight security after the closure of four days due to a terrorist attack, which claimed 21 lives.
Vice-Chancellor Fazal Rahim Marwat, professors, staff members and students reached the university on Monday morning to participate in Quran Khwani and peace rally.