Senate questions NAP implementation after Charsada attack

ISLAMABAD: On Wednesday, the government of Pakistan was criticized by the law makers in Senate. The security measures established over the failure in maintaining peace over the country. Whereas call for the complete review of the National action Plan after an attack on the university in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Charsadda town.

The terror attack on the varsity could have been averted if the government had followed the anti-terror plan in letter and spirit, Senators claimed.

Unidentified gunmen entered Bacha Khan University in Khyber Pakhtunkha’s Charsadda town today and opened fire on students and faculty members as they gathered at the school for a poetry recital to commemorate the death anniversary of the activist and leader whom the school is named after.

As the military announced the end of the clearance operation, mass casualties were feared in the attack reminiscent of the deadly December 2014 terrorist attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar which left over 140 dead, most of them students.

Military spokesperson Lt.Gen Asim Bajwa stated that the university premises have been cleared and four attackers have been killed. Security personnel, including Special Services Group (SSG) personnel were tasked with clearing the university premises and securing the civilians inside.

Snipers had taken position around the premises, with monitoring being provided by aerial assets.

Security forces also cordoned off a one-storey house, situated around a kilometer from the university’s boundary wall, where three terrorists were believed to be holed up. It was later declared clear by military personnel.

Most of the student victims were shot dead at a hostel for boys on the campus.

The medical superintendent at District Headquarter Hospital, Charsadda confirmed 18 dead. DHQ Charsadda’s officials also stated that casualties had cuts on the bodies, probably inflicted from a sharp-edged weapon.

An Edhi volunteer earlier said he had seen the bodies of at least 15 persons. DIG Saeed Wazir confirmed that two students and assistant professor Dr Hamid, who taught organic chemistry at the school, have been killed in the attack.

According to one eyewitness who escaped the university, the attackers had taken position at the entry points of the school.

“I saw three attackers engaged in an exchange of fire with security guards of the university. One was positioned at the roof, another near the corner and the third near the wall.”

Rescue officials say some 50 students were rescued from the premises.

Out of these 50, five students were injured and have been shifted to District Headquarters Hospital (DHQ), Charsadda for treatment. An emergency has been imposed in all hospitals of the area.

Security forces had earlier conducted search operations in adjoining areas and claimed that four wanted men had been arrested. Weapons and army and police uniforms were also recovered from the arrested men.