As many as 12 girls schools were vandalised and set on fire by unidentified persons in different areas of Diamer on Thursday night.
In Chillas, the Girls School Ronai and Girls School Takia were damaged in blasts, while two girls schools in the Hudur and Thor area of Chillas district were also set on fire.
The miscreants also set a school in Dariyal district on fire. Four girls school in Giyal Village, Tabor and Khanbari were also destroyed.
Three schools in different areas of Tangir district were also targeted.
The attackers had also tried to break into an army-run school, but had been stopped by guards, said a local resident, Ghayas Ali. “People heard heavy explosion.”
“You know well who is doing these types of acts and what their motives are,” a police officer told Reuters by phone. He said the residents had a history of opposing girl education, but the government recently helped build girls schools there.
Pakistan’s prime minister-in-waiting, former cricketer Imran Khan, condemned the “shocking” attacks on schools.
Some of the targeted schools were under construction while others were functional.
Following the incidents, the district administration of Diamer held an emergency meeting in which it was decided that foolproof security will be provided to all schools in the districts and strict action will be taken against the miscreants.
Taking notice of the incident, Gilgit Baltistan Chief Minister Hafiz Hafeezur Rehman has directed the Diamer commissioner to submit an inquiry report in this regard.