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Women's university reopens after suicide attack
Publication Date : 11-07-2013
Despite threats and intimidation, students of Sardar Bahadur Khan Women University in Pakistan appeared to be determined to carry on their educational journey.
SBK women university was opened amid tight security on Wednesday after 25 days of deadly suicide bombing, which left more than a dozen female students dead.
Academic activities were resumed in Balochistan's only female university.
The students gathered at the site of deadly blast and chanted full throated slogans against the government and university administration for their failure to avert the tragedy, which struck the university on June 15.
Around 40 female students reached university to resume their studies. "We will not bow our heads before terrorists," an emotionally charged female student Bakhtawar Bibi said.
Women university was closed for an indefinite time soon after the bombing. Intelligence officials revealed that a female suicide bomber had carried the attack inside the university bus.
"We will continue our struggle despite odds," she said.
Vice Chancellor SBK Women University Farzana Jabeen told reporters that strict security measures were adopted to ensure protection of female students.
"Secret cameras have also been installed to make sure proper monitoring inside university," she said.
Moreover, scanners have also been installed at the entrance gate of university to check vehicles and barbed wires were placed at walls.
Shaista, another female student said that her parents stopped her from going to university owing to looming security threats. "I will be coming to university, no matter what happens," Shaista said.
Police and paramilitary troops were also deployed outside women university to avoid occurrence of any untoward incident.