PAKISTAN: Twelve schools in Pakistan’s Gilgit-Baltistan region were burnt down on Thursday night, said the police. No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks yet, said Diamer Superintendent of Police Roy Ajmal.
Bombs were also reportedly set off in two schools, the attack comes just days after Pakistan voted for cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan to power whose party campaigned on the slogan ‘Naya Pakistan.
According to a statement issued by district administration of Diamer district, the provincial government of Gilgit-Baltistan has ordered police to launch operations in the area and apprehend the culprits.
The government would not “tolerate any terror elements in the area,” the statement added.
his is the not the first time schools have come under attack in Diamer. Girls’ schools, in particular, were targeted, allegedly by extremists, in 2004 and 2011. The region is home to world’s second highest mountain, K2, and numerous other peaks attracting mountaineers and tourists from around the world.
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