Pakistan province allows teachers to carry guns in school
EMPLOYEES of all educational institutions in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, such as teachers, will be allowed to carry licensed weapons on the premises to respond to terrorist attacks, the provincial government decided on Monday.
This comes after last month's Army Public School massacre in Peshawar, the province's capital, in which the Pakistani Taleban killed 148 people, including 132 children.
"The provincial Cabinet has decided to allow teachers and other staff members to keep their licensed weapons with them so that...they can engage attackers for (the) initial five to 10 minutes before staff of law-enforcement agencies show up," provincial Information Minister Mushtaq Ahmad Ghani told reporters after a Cabinet meeting.
He said the Cabinet instituted several security measures at educational institutions in the province, such as installing closed-circuit television cameras, deploying more guards and fixing barbed wire on boundary walls.
DAWN/ASIA NEWS NETWORK