The terror-hit Army Public School (APS), along with other private and government educational institutions resumed their activities on Monday (today) in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa after obtaining no-objection certificate (NOC) from the provincial government.

The schools which were able to fulfill the criteria set by the government were issued NOCs whereas some institutions which failed to make arrangements such as installation of CCTV cameras and higher boundary walls across the campus boundaries were not issued the NOCs.

“Schools with not enough security arrangements would not be allowed to reopen,” KP Information Minister Mushtaq Ghani had said on Jan 8. The government monitors would assess security measures taken at the schools, he had added.

However, many schools which were not issued NOCs have already resumed operations in the rural areas of the province.

Moreover, Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif is also attending a commemorative service held at the Army Public School in honour of those who had lost their lives during the Dec 16 Taliban attack on the school.

A tweet by Director General Inter-Services Public Relations Major General Asim Bajwa said Gen Raheel also met with the students and teachers at APS.

Strict security arrangements were seen in place for the re-opening of APS in Peshawar.