UPPER KURRAM: At least seven teachers were killed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's Upper Kurram Tehsil, police said Thursday, in the latest incident of violence in the northwestern province, reports Geo News.
Local police said unidentified gunmen shot the teachers in the staffroom of Government High School Tari Mangal. All the educators were at the building for performing their exam duties. The authorities have imposed emergency in all hospitals in the area.
In another incident in Parachinar, which falls in Upper Kurram and is the capital of Kurram district, a teacher was killed whilst in a moving vehicle — taking the total number of educators killed in a day to eight.
The teacher, named Mohammad Sharif, who was killed inside the car also belonged to the same school, said the police. The teacher was shot while he was travelling on Shalozan Road.
Following the incident, the ongoing matriculation exams — which kicked off on April 28 and are being held under the supervision of Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) Kohat — were postponed till further notice.
The police are searching for the killers, but have not been able to track them down so far.
School shootings are rare in Pakistan. Over 140 people, mostly students, were killed in a gun-and-bomb attack at an army school in Peshawar in December 2016.
President Dr Arif Alvi said that the attack on the teachers by those who are the enemies of education is condemnable.
Condemning the attack, the head of state expressed grief over the assassination of on-duty teachers in two incidents.
The president hoped that the suspect would be punished soon as per the law. He also prayed for the elevation of ranks in paradise and sympathised with the bereaved families.
Asif Ali Zardari, former president and Pakistan Peoples Party co-chairman, expressed regret over the killing of the teachers. Killing of teachers while they are performing their duty is terrorism, he said in a statement.
Criminals involved in the killing of teachers should be brought to justice, Zardari said as he prayed for the forgiveness of the deceased.
Federal Minister for Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development Sajid Hussain Turi demanded strict action against the perpetrators.