72 schools destroyed in Khyber Agency so far
BARA: The number of destroyed schools reached 72 in Khyber Agency as security forces demolished a private high school of 800 students in Droadda area of Bara tehsil.
Khan Karim, managing director of Khyber Education Academy, told this scribe that security forces had demolished his school without issuing prior notice to him. He said it was the only functioning high school in Akakhel area after the launching of the military operation in Bara tehsil of Khyber Agency.
He said the management closed down the school for three days last Friday due to the possible action of the security forces against the militants in Droadda area where half of the population of the village had vacated houses following a warning issued by the Frontier Corps (FC) last month.
I have sent letters to the Milward FC camp, Balahisar, the headquarters of FC in Peshawar, and the office of Political Agent of Khyber Agency to know the reason for the destruction of the school by security forces. I have also demanded compensation but am yet to receive a response. Khan Karim said.
He said local security officials in Droadda had told him that they did not know the reason behind his school s demolition. Khan Karim demanded that a proper place should be provided to him by the security forces for the continuation of children s education.
Earlier, 71 government-run schools were destroyed by the militants in Khyber Agency. Most destroyed schools were in Bara tehsil where military operation has been underway for the last two years.
After launching of the military operation, all the government schools were closed down in the area while privately run schools are still functional.