The Rawalpindi Association of Private Schools (RAPS) decided here on Tuesday to bring the issue of closure notices to nine private academic institutions near the General Headquarters (GHQ) before Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani for safeguarding the future of children.

The Rawalpindi Cantonment Board (RCB) had given the deadline of April 10 to the private schools near the GHQ to close down their campuses otherwise they would be forcibly evicted.

In a hurriedly called meeting of the RAPS, it was decided to bring the matter into the notice of the COAS to save the future of students. All office-bearers, including Rawalpindi Association of Private Schools (RAPS) President Captain (r) Ameer-ud-Din Shaikh, Senior Vice President Nasreen Tariq, Vice President Asia Talha, General Secretary Group Captain (r) Muhammad Asif, Treasurer Humaira Jamil, Secretary Tahmina Malik and Professor Azhar Mehmood attended the meeting.
Meanwhile, RCB Chief Executive Officer Adil Rafiq told ‘The News’ that they would close down all private schools in cantonment’s residential areas due to several reasons, including security threats. “We cannot afford any school near the GHQ due to the prevailing law and order situation,” he said. He said that the RCB enforces orders of higher authorities. “It is a part of policy that schools will not be allowed in residential areas due to security threats, traffic problems and noise pollution,” he added.

“Secondly, the majority of private schools do not fulfil legal requirements, as they do not have proper parking spaces, proper playgrounds and proper buildings. Therefore, they cannot be allowed to continue their activities,” he added.