PESHAWAR, 11 January 2012 (IRIN) – In Bajaur Agency, one of seven tribal areas in northwestern Pakistan, very few girls go to school due to threats by the Taliban.
“When I hired a tutor so my two older daughters could keep up their learning at home, I began receiving threats,” explained Salim Jan from Khar, the agency’s main town. He is in a quandary about whether to leave.
“The militants are still here despite the military’s claims of victory in 2010,” he said.
According to the autonomous Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP), many girls in 2009-10 were forced to join seminaries due to fear of the Taliban.
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