Shelling-hit schools’


Shelling-hit schools’ SIALKOT: The district coordination officer (DCO) has issued directives to the Education Department to shift students and teachers of government schools of Sialkot Working Boundary areas to other schools in safer places.

DCO Dr Asif Tufail told Dawn on Thursday the step was being taken to avoid the loss of students as their schools had been closed for the last two weeks in the wake of Indian shelling.

The DCO said 93 government schools had been closed due to the shelling. The number of private schools affected due to shelling is not known.

The DCO said as there was no let up in Indian firing in Bajwat, Chaprar, Sucheetgarh, Harpal, Merajkey, Charwah, Zafarwal and Shakargarh sectors along the working boundary, the residents had already been shifted to safer places. He said the schools would be reopened after normalcy along the working boundary.

Guns, however, remained silent on Thursday along the Sialkot Working Boundary for a second consecutive day, the DCO said.

Air Sial’s: Private airlines — Air Sial — will start its domestic flights from June 2017, Air Sial Chairman Fazal Jilani said at a meeting of the board of directors of Air Sial at the Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) auditorium on Thursday.

Mr Jilani, also the former SCCI president, said that 52 overseas Pakistanis had shown their interest to invest in the airlines operations.

He added the domestic investors were 200, who had joined hands to make the airlines a success. He said special traveling incentives would also be given to Sialkot exporters by the Air Sial.


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