Saturday, December 31, 2011

Social worker killed...Girls schools blown up

Terrorists left no room for women education in Diamer district of Gilgit Baltistan

GILGIT: A prominent social workier, hailing from Diamer was shot dead on a busy road in Jutial on Thursday.
Jahangir Khan was a strong proponent of women’s education in an area with around five per cent female literacy rate, according to a report. Just days before he was killed, he told a national english newspaper that his goal in life was to educate women in Diamer for which he had formed an NGO called the Oswa Welfare and Development Organisation.
 The NGO had held a seminar in Gilgit in November, at which Khan had blamed the government for depriving women of education in his speech. He also ran a primary school in his village and wanted the media to project his work. He had a vision and a road map to implement his plans in the valley.

However, time did not permit him to fulfil his dreams.

According to one of Khan’s friends, he was killed over personal enmity. However, his relatives have refused to divulge any details. Nonetheless, they blame the police of protecting the perpetrators of his murder.

“We have nominated suspects for his murder but the police seem reluctant to arrest them,” said one of his relatives. His brutal murder has sparked fear and panic among people in Gilgit, who believe his death is a huge setback to women’s education in G-B, especially in Diamer.

Girls schools blown up

DIAMER: Unidentified men blew up two schools with explosive material in Chilas on Friday.

According to media reports bombs were planted in a community school and Government Girls School in Chilas, which damaged the school buildings. No one was hurt as the schools were closed at the time of the blast.

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