Insecurity in Shindand results in closure of girls’ schools

Education for girls under threatHead of the Herat Education Department, Basir Ahmad Tahiri, announced that all school doors have been closed for girls in Shindand district of Herat province, depriving nearly 40,000 girls from education because of Taliban threats.

In the past 13 years, schools catered for girls were never closed. The education sector in Herat developed successfully over the years.

Tahiri called on the provincial government to ensure the security of the girls and the schools.

“We have received pamphlets addressed to our school in which the Taliban have asked the girls not to go schools or they would burn our schools and commit suicide attacks,” Tahiri explained.

Herat Governor Syed Fazullah Wahidi says the main factor behind the growing insecurity of the province is that security personnel lack good coordination between the security organs at a provincial and national level.

Herat Police Chief Gen. Samiullah Qatra says that the activities of the intelligence services of neighboring countries and the presence of insurgents have worsened the security in the area. Qatra added that some extra police units have been dispatched to the district to maintain law and order.

“Establishment of security belts and reinforcement of check-points have brought the district’s security situation under control,” Qatra said.


This is while a number of Herat MPs have raised apprehensions over the government’s response to security concerns in Shindand.

“Regrettably, the government is not aware of the situations in the district and has showed an apathetical approach,” MP Munawar Shah Bahaduri said. “The district could collapse.”

Head of the Parliamentary Commission for Internal Security, Mir Dad Khan Nejrabi, has also raised concerns over the government’s method to security.

“The government and the international forces need to focus on the issues regarding nighttime military operations, the release of prisoners and civilian causalities,” Nejrabi said.

It is the first time since the fall of the Taliban that serious threats are posed to girls’ education in the province of Herat.

Monday, 21 July 2014by Jawed Ziaratjaie