Several academicians and educationists have been killed in KPK and FATA for publically expressing their views which are contrary to the ideology preached by the militant groups. For instance in October 2010 two TTP militants shot dead the pro-Vice Chancellor (VC) and noted religious scholar DrFarooq Khan along with his assistant outside his clinic in Mardan district. Abdullah Azam Brigade linked to TTP claimed responsibility for the attack. The spokesperson for the brigade disclosed in a call that Dr.Farooq was killed for speaking against the Taliban at every forum and for declaring suicide bombing as un-Islamic. Similarly, as mentioned earlier, DrAjmal the pro-Vice Chancellor (VC) of Islamia College University (ICU) and the cousin of ANP Chief AsfandayarWali Khan was kidnapped by militants from Peshawar when he was leaving his residence at Professor’s Colony for his office.
singing national anthem. For instance on October 25, 2010 militants of Baloch Liberation Front (BLF) threw pamphlets into the educational institutions of the province, warning teachers and staff not to sing Pakistan ’s national anthem or hoist national flag. The pamphlets warned them of dire consequences for non-compliance.
Such threats and targeted killings of teachers have prompted a brain-drain in the educational institutions. A good number of academicians have either resigned from their duties to take up news jobs in government or private universities in other parts of the country, opted for premature retirements or went on a long leave.
At societal level the best way to counter the agenda of militants and creeping radical trends in our ranks is to ensure an easy access to quality education to the masses, especially in the conflict-hit areas. So far, the government response to counter-terrorism in conflict hit areas is limited to spending on the military operations of security forces, raising anti-Taliban Peace Committees (locally known as lashkars) and rehabilitation of the displaced population. Unfortunately, very little attention has been paid to rehabilitate the destroyed educational institutes. The efforts to rebuild and rehabilitate are less than impressive and lack a broader vision.