Pakistan’s very own Boko Haram: Armed men set fire to school in Panjgur

People stand at the site of a blown-up school building in Pakistan. (File photo)

QUETTA: A group of armed men torched a private school in Panjgur and threatened to close down all the 23 private schools if the co-education system continued in the region.

The assailants entered the school – which was closed due to a strike – on two motorbikes. They doused petrol and set the principal’s office on fire. Two computers, 25 chairs and cabinets with records were burnt to ashes.

“A group called Tanzeem-ul-Islam-ul-Furqan had been threatening us. The group had also beaten up the driver of the school van and harassed two students,” Major Hussain, the school’s principal, told The Express Tribune.

An officer at Panjgur police station said an FIR was lodged against unknown assailants.

Private schools in Panjgur remained closed for three long months following frequent attacks on schools and reports of harassment against teachers, students and parents…