ISLAMABAD: Amid security threats following a late-night search operation by security agencies in the suburbs of Islamabad, three universities in the capital have been indefinitely shut down. Bahria University, Air University, and National Defence University issued directives for closure, impacting final examinations for students. The abrupt announcement was made late at night, leaving students surprised.
Security has been intensified in the federal capital due to upcoming elections and ongoing sit-ins by Baloch protesters at the press club. Balochistan’s Caretaker Information Minister Jan Achakzai, in a press conference in Quetta, criticized the Baloch demonstrators in Islamabad, alleging that those labeled as missing persons were terrorists killed in Iran.
Achakzai claimed that the protesters had ulterior motives and could disturb law and order, potentially leading to terror incidents. He expressed concern about individuals wearing masks at the sit-in, suggesting they could be terrorists associated with banned outfits.
In 2023, Pakistan witnessed 1,524 violence-related fatalities and 1,463 injuries from 789 terror attacks and counter-terror operations, according to the Annual Security Report by the Centre for Research and Security Studies (CRSS).
The report highlighted nearly 1,000 fatalities among civilians and security forces personnel, marking a six-year high in overall fatalities, surpassing the 2018 level and reaching the highest since 2017. The country experienced a continuous surge in violence for the third consecutive year, with an increase recorded each year starting from 2021. The security situation remains a significant concern, necessitating precautionary measures such as the closure of educational institutions in the current circumstances.