Quetta City

Quetta City

Lashkar-i-Jhangvi, which has links with al-Qaeda, has claimed responsibility for the attacks that killed at least 14 female students in a bus and after that eleven more people at the Bolan Medical College Hospital, were the injured students in the first attack were rushed  after the blast.

An intelligence official, who requested not to be named, told Dawn.com that a female suicide bomber managed to sneak into the university bus. “When all the students gathered inside the bus, she blew herself up”, killed the students that died at the site and set a fire in the bus that injured seriously several more.

At the hospital another suicide attack took place by a man who was waiting inside, and gunmen had taken positions and began to fire and killed at least for female nurses and the Deputy Commissioner of Quetta Abdul Mansoor Kakar.

The attack coordinated to inflict the most damage and have a biggest toll death, has shocked Pakistan and raised fears of renewed tension in Balochistan’s capital city, Quetta, says Al Jazeera.

This is a deadly attack against the women’s right to study and have a higher education. In the website of the Sardar Bahadur Khan Women University there is a statement by the governor of Balochistan from 2008 that says

“The SBKW University is a beacon of hope for the women of Balochistan and provides them with an opportunity of acquiring higher education. I can envision the positive change and the silent social revolution that is beginning in Balochistan with the creation of the women’s university; the university is producing educated, moderate and enlightened women, who appreciate and respect their culture and society and are ready to serve the nation within the parameters of Islam.”

The philosophy of the University says

Sardar Bahadur Khan Women’s University aims to provide the women of Balochistan and the rest of Pakistan with an excellent standard of education and with the best skills suited to which ever station they choose in their lives regardless of creed, class, age, or domicile. SBK Women’s University aspires to impart education that not only develops the mind of its students; it also seeks to make its students socially responsible citizens. The University sincerely believes that revolution begins from within the home and by educating women; it hopes to make the future of Balochistan and Pakistan brighter

This good intentions doesn’t stop the radicals in their determination to impose their vision of the woman’s situation in the society. Nothing about a “silent social revolution”, but a noisy bloody attack against all this efforts.

Killings or attempts against the efforts to educate girls in some areas in Pakistan are not a new situation. We can remember the case of Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by a Taliban activist last October, when she was 14, because she was openly spoke for the right of girls to receive education in the Swat valley of Pakistan. Here father had a private school for girls and they have to fly during Taliban’s dominion in the region for three months and after that they came back. She was so famous and her case so notorious she has been went for surgery to the UK and she survived. Last April she was I featured as one of “The 100 Most Influential People In The World” by Time magazine.

We probably wouldn’t know the names of the girls and nurses killed in Quetta last Saturday, they will be not famous or considered influential like Malala Yousafzai. But these girls who had the courage to go to the University to  build a better society knowing the risks, and were killed because of that, deserve to be remembered as defenders of women’s rights in Pakistan.

About Olga Brajnović

Journalist. In my fifties. I've worked for 26 years in a newspaper in Spain. I worked for two years as a stringer and correspondent in the US, and went as a special envoy to other places like the Balkans. Sea lover. Avid reader. Classic Music enthusiast.

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