Taliban destroy 60% of schools in northwest Pakistan
Since the last two years that the Taliban militants have launched a violent insurgency in Pakistan, they have destroyed over 60 percent of schools in the country's restive northwest, Press TV reported.
In a campaign against education, especially for girls in the troubled tribal region of northwest Pakistan and the Swat valley, Taliban militants have shut down 4,000 private schools and have either blown-up or set on fire 230 schools, including 112 girls' schools in the region, a Press TV correspondent reported late on Friday.
Moreover, around 87 schools, including 45 girl's schools, have been partially damaged and the total financial damage comes to billions of rupees, the correspondent quoting a government report said.
The report highlighted the fact that approximately 120,000 students have been forced to discontinue their studies due to the ongoing conflict between the Pakistani army and the Taliban militants.
This comes as Pakistani security forces launched an anti-Taliban offensive in the region some four months ago, killing over 1,700 insurgents including some top commanders.