But the recent detention of Noreen Laghari, a second year student of Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences (LUMHS) Hyderabad, has negated previously established perceptions. Noreen’s arrest has disclosed that menace of terrorism is also stemming from Pakistan’s higher educational institutions.
Law enforcement agencies, in recent days, had arrested several terrorists who had graduated from state-of-the-art universities. Safoora tragedy and Sabeen Mahmud’s targeted assassination were carried out by Saad Aziz, who had graduated from IBA, and Abdur Rehman who had pursued B.Com degree from Karachi University. Similarly, two Al-Qaeda alleged terrorists who were killed in encounter with rangers had obtained degree in engineering from Mehran University Jamshoru. There exists several other names in list.
To know reasons behind this ghastly trend, Roznama Dunya approached intellectuals and a question was posed on possible effects of such incidents over societal structure and counter measurements to escape such ill-happenings.
In the outset, most of the intellectuals held futile society, vulnerable educational institutions, and unthoughtful parliament responsible over failure to halt the youth from becoming prey to miscreants. Experts stress on rule of law and much-needed reforms in judiciary for uplifting social and cultural values. Similarly, analysts urge to addresses problem of social inequality at earliest. University of Sindh Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Fateh Muhammad Burfat, while shedding his thoughts on the matter, says it is duty of the state to ensure provision of education from primary to university level. Burfat says vague educational structure of schools underpin most of the country’s problems.
“A boy aging 20-22 is aimless and he does not know what to do with his life. Terrorist organizations take advantage of the rising inequality and attract the youth. We have to lessen the soaring distance between rich and poor”, stated Burfat.
Former senior police officer Dr Shoaib Suddle termed Noreen’s case a challenge for state and called for stern action.
Former CPLC Chief Ahmad Chinoy said there existed many problems in social media. “Several websites are scattering children’s mind and are being used by wicked elements to incite youth towards illicit activities”, pronounced Chinoy.