Pakistan

BKU students demand compensation to victims equal to that of APS martyrs

CHARSADDA: The students Bacha Khan University in Charsadda staged a protest outside the varsity building, demanding ‘fair’ compensation to the heirs of deceased persons who were killed in the terrorist attack.

The students locked the university gates and said they won’t open it until the victims of Bacha Khan University were provided compensation equal to that of Army Public School martyrs.

According to reports, the protesting students also refused to hold negotiations with the university management and insisted on continuing their protest until their demand was met.

Gunmen stormed Bacha Khan University in Charsadda on January 20, killing teachers and students in a rampage that left 21 dead.

Read here: Terrorists storm Bacha Khan University, kill 21 people in deadly massacre

The attack shattered a growing sense of security in the troubled region a year after the Peshawar school massacre, in which more than 150 people — mainly children — were killed.

The BKU faced at least two weeks closure after the attack and reopened only to be shut again the same day over security fears. After deployment of security personnel in and outside the building, the university finally opened.

A sense of panic has gripped parents across Pakistan in the wake of the university assault, with rumours of attacks leading to closures of educational institutions.

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