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Bacha Khan University reopens 25 days after attack

CHARSADDA: Bacha Khan University (BKU) in Charsadda, which was closed in the aftermath of a militant attack on Jan 20 which killed at least 21 students, reopened on Monday after it was given security clearance.Vice-chancellor Fazal Rahim Marwat received students as they entered the campus amid tight security.”We are satisfied with the security arrangements at the campus,” he said, speaking to the media.The first day of resumption of academic activities aims to relieve students of the “psychological trauma they underwent”, Marwat said, adding that special lectures would be delivered in this regard.

BKU spokesperson Saeed Khan said security arrangements for studies to resume at varsity are “complete”. However, watchtowers are yet to be installed.

Khan said the watchtowers will be installed at a distance of 100 metres at the campus.

“We will not be cowered [by terror threats] … we will continue to learn,” said an MSc student, who arrived at the campus for classes on Monday.

The varsity administration had decided a week after the attack that academic activities on campus will not commence until provision of adequate security was ensured.






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