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Furniture, books 'torched' at girls school in Gilgit-Baltistan's Diamer
2019-08-20
[DAWN] A mysterious fire erupted on Sunday at a government primary school for girls in Diamer district of Gilgit-Baltistan, police said on Monday.

While the nature of the fire is not clear as yet, a police officer told DawnNewsTV on condition of anonymity that some miscreants had apparently set the furniture and books in the school on fire.

The incident comes a year after 14 schools, several of them girls-only institutions, in Diamer district were torched in a single night by miscreants. A local journalist said that the school where the fire occurred over the weekend was one of those 14 schools.

Police officials said they could not find any clue or indication of a short circuit or some other accident having caused the fire. However,
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an inquiry was launched to ascertain the cause of the blaze.

Meraj, the chairman of a local schools committee, approached police to file a case against the inferno, however, no case had been filed till Monday evening.

The chairman contended in his application that anti-education elements target schools time and again, so action should be taken against them.

Diamer is the lowest-ranking district in terms of quality of education in GB, and among the 10 lowest-ranking districts in Pakistain.

There are 244 government schools in the district, about 83 per cent of which are primary level, 10.6pc middle schools and 6pc high schools. There are no higher secondary schools in the district. Of the total number of government schools, 156 are boys schools, while 88 are girls-only schools, according to Alif Ailaan.
Related:
Diamer: 2019-02-26 Complaint cells inaugurated in Gilgit, Diamer to monitor extremist, anti-state content
Diamer: 2018-12-28 Two handed over to police for torching girls’ schools in Diamer
Diamer: 2018-12-17 Jirga to hold talks with miscreants who burned down Diamer schools
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Gilgit-Baltistan: 2019-06-27 Lal Masjid’s khateeb removed, Maulana Aziz’s entry banned for three months
Gilgit-Baltistan: 2019-05-16 Steps underway to link seminaries to education ministry
Posted by:Fred

#2  Exam time?
Posted by: AlanC   2019-08-20 15:06  

#1  A short circuit would need electricity though.
Posted by: Dron66046   2019-08-20 02:45  

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