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HRCP condemns attacks on schools

KARACHI, Jan 19: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has strongly condemned the continuing barbaric terrorist attacks by extremist religious groups on educational institutions in Swat and restrictions imposed by religious fanatics on female education in the valley and other parts of the country.

In a statement issued here on Monday, HRCP co-chairman Iqbal Haider also condemned the murder of another Imam of a mosque who did not agree with the religious terrorists.

“It is a matter of grave concern that the spate of terrorism unleashed by Taliban or Fazlullah and other such terrorists is still continuing in defiance of the writ and authority of the state,” he said.

He said that the statement of the federal minister for information that schools in Swat would reopen by March 1, gave some hope for restoration of sanity, but the federal and provincial governments should first restore its writ and eliminate these barbaric terrorists and then rebuild, without delay, the schools and colleges destroyed by these elements over the past couple of years.

Mr Haider praised a recent statement given by ISI chief Lt-Gen Shuja Pasha to a German magazine that these religious terrorists within Pakistan, and not India, were ‘our enemies’.

The HRCP leader said that the top priority of the federal and provincial governments should be to confront, contain and eliminate these terrorists.

Source: Dawn

Date:1/20/2009