Pakistani teachers can carry guns after Peshawar attack: Officials

Pakistani teachers can carry guns after Peshawar attack: Officials

HomeAsia-PacificPakistan Wed Jan 28, 2015 12:45AM

Teachers in northwestern Pakistan will be allowed to carry guns into classrooms following a Taliban massacre in the city of Peshawar last month, officials say.

“Carrying firearms for every teacher is not obligatory, but all those who want to carry firearms to schools willingly will be provided with permits,” the provincial education minister for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Atif Khan, said on Tuesday.

Authorities have already begun training teachers on gun handling and the procedure of using firearms since last week.

Provincial Information Minister Mushtaq Ghani confirmed the move, adding that there were not enough police to guard government-run education institutions in the province.

“The number of police in the province is not enough to guard 35,000 schools, colleges and universities — that’s why we have allowed teachers to carry firearms,” Ghani added.

Schools across the country have increased security after an attack at the Army Public School on December 16, which left some 150 people dead, 132 of them children.

The militant group, Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was carried out in retaliation for an ongoing Pakistani military offensive against the militants in the country’s tribal belt.

Following the deadly attack in Peshawar, Pakistan lifted the moratorium on the death penalty in place for about six years. Pakistan is due to execute around 500 militants in the coming weeks. The country has already hanged about 20 militants.

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