CJP takes suo motu of Gilgit-Baltistan school attacks
ISLAMABAD: The Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar on Saturday took suo motu notice of the attack on 12 schools in Diamer, Gilgit-Baltistan.
The schools were set ablaze and bombed using explosives. The CJP also noticed that most of them were girls’ schools. Justice Nisar has also sought a report from the government, the secretary of Azaad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan Affairs, and from the interior secretary within the next 48 hours.
Unidentified individuals destroyed and torched 12 schools late Thursday night in Diamer’s Tanger tehsil, Darel and Chilas. The targeted schools included two run by the Pakistan Army. Reports suggest that at least six were all-girls institutions in Chilas.
The schools attacked include Royini Girls School, Takya Girls School, one school each in Hodur and Thor neighbourhoods and three all-girl schools in Darel division, Giyal village and Khanbanri. Another two schools were torched in Gali Bala and Gali Payen.
After launching an inquiry into the incident, the local law-enforcement forces initiated a search operation. IG Gilgit Baltistan Sanaullah Abbasi and Force Commander of Northern Areas Major-General Saqib Mehmood also reached Chilas following the incident.