Terrorist attacks on Cadet colleges feared due to weak security

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KARACHI: Security of the Cadet Colleges and army’s educational institutions across Sindh province has been beefed up after the security agencies expressed dissatisfaction over the security arrangements there in view of the Peshawar Army School terrorist attack that left 147, including 134 children dead, well-placed sources said.

Highly credible sources told that the country’s top security agencies in a letter dated 18 December 2014 had warned the district administrations of Sukkar and Larkana to tightened the security of Cadet colleges which are vulnerable to terrorists attacks.

“The cadet colleges, owing to their names, army like uniform and institutional culture are generally taken as military institution, thus are equally vulnerable to prevailing terrorist threats” the commissioners of both divisions have been warned in letter.

The letter has clarified that ‘essentially’ it was responsibility of the district administration to provide ample security to these educational institutions.

“Existing integral security mechanism of cadet colleges comprises civil guards with insufficient training and arms whereas these colleges are located at isolated places and are more vulnerable targets for any terrorist activity” the Sindh Home office and concerned commissioners have been warned and instructed to request for the provision of police protection and section strength of Sindh Rangers for each of the three credit colleges.

Sources in Sindh home department told this scribe that the letter received on Thursday has been taken seriously and emergency measures have been taken to avert the Peshawar like tragedies.

Meantime, sources told that the security of army and navy schools and colleges have also been improved despite a better security system already in place.

It is pertinent to mention that Peshawar terrorist attack on Army Public School has not only resulted in great human loss but has also brought the national institutions closer. Both civil and military leaderships have jointly showed the resolve to eliminate the terrorists from Pakistani soil.

The story was originally published here 

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Author: Naimat

Karachi based journalist, writing on national and international issues.

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