Islamabad, Pakistan – Numerous educational institutions in Islamabad remain closed today despite reassurances from police that the security situation in the capital is under control.
On Monday, Islamabad Inspector General of Police Dr. Akbar Nasir Khan released a video message advising school administrators against altering schedules over security concerns. However, most institutions opted to close campuses and shift to online learning regardless.
The International Islamic University announced closures from January 23-26. Other major universities like Bahria, Air University, and National Defense University previously declared indefinite shutdowns.
Quaid-e-Azam University decided to reopen on Wednesday and postpone exams scheduled for Monday and Tuesday to Saturday. The Private Educational Institutions Regulatory Authority advised private schools to enhance security protocols but said institutions should remain operational.
The Federal Directorate of Education released a similar statement. However, the Islamabad Deputy Commissioner clarified that a circulated notice about closures of banks, markets and schools was false.
The precautionary closures come despite reassurances from police that the security situation in the capital is contained. Educational institutions seem unwilling to take risks as security concerns mount in the city.