LAHORE: After a barbaric attack on the Charsadda’s Bacha Khan University panic and fear spread among the Punjab University students as the law enforcement agencies conducted a mock drill at the institution after the attack.
The mock operation shows a group of armed men streaking across university grounds, charging down a hallway and conducting classroom breaches as part of the exercise to clear the premises.
While university administration was informed of the exercise beforehand, the students were not said the Superintendent Police Muhammad Iqbal of the Iqbal Town Division Operation Wing.
The exercise was also a means to check security in the educational institution. Once students spotted the armed men, they were informed the procedure was a drill and evacuated hurriedly out of the premises.
If security lapses are spotted, the administration will be questioned and instructed to improve their security.
The Punjab government has issued orders for foolproof security arrangements in public, private, missionary, armed forces, multinational schools, colleges and universities.
It has been directed to check the vehicles and buses used for transportation of students and parking at safe places. Special committees will daily inspect A-category schools to review security arrangements.
It has been directed to further tighten security arrangements at all bus stands, railway stations and public places.
Search operations would be carried out at sensitive institutions and other important places while instructions have been issued for strict checking at entry points of districts and the province.
The IG directed the field officers to conduct mock exercises of Quick Response Force (QRF) and panic buttons which had already been installed in schools.
CCPO Amin Wains told media after inaugurating the new building of Naseerabad police station that security of all educational institutions and important buildings had been beefed up.
The Punjab education department has also asked the administration of public and private educational institutions to ensure proper security arrangements and follow the SOPs in this regard.
Almost 28 years to the day, another terrorist attack targeting the memory of the pacifist leader of the old Frontier has left many dead.
In January 1988, 17 people died in bomb blasts at Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan’s (Bacha Khan) funeral in Jalalabad.
For families in KP the nightmare continues. It was only in December 2014, when terrorists killed over 140 (mostly children) at the Army Public School in Peshawar.
The attack on the Bacha Khan University, however, does make one thing clear: the line between the terrorists and the rest of the society is strongly drawn in Pakistan.