12 girls' schools in Logar closed after Taliban’s threats
PUL-I-ALAM (Pajhwok): Efforts have been accelerated to reopen as many as 12 girls’ schools, which were closed by Taliban in Baraki Barak and Sarkh districts in central Logar province, an official said on Saturday.
Deputy Education Director Mohammad Sadiq Stanekzai told Pajhwok Afghan News: “Taliban have threatened to kill the staff, students and torch the schools if their orders to shut the schools were defied.”
The Taliban’s threat was forthwith brought to the notice of security forces to take measures to counter the threat, he added.
Shima Zargar, director women affairs, confirmed closure of schools. She demanded government to immediately adopt measures to reopen the schools otherwise girls of this province would deprive of education.
Jamil, a resident of the locality, said Taliban ordered to close all girls’ schools except primary. “At least four girls in my family have been suffered. Schools have been closed for last four days. I wonder why the government is not taking action against anti-state elements,” he questioned.
Mohammad Amin, the Baraki Barak district chief, confirmed that middle and high schools had been closed. “Apart from girls’ schools, Taliban have also threatened to close religious seminaries registered with government if the teachers gt salaries from the government.”
Zabihullah Mujahid, Taliban spokesman, denied Taliban ordered closing of schools and said that the insurgents’ group had launched investigations in this connection to divulge facts.
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