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Three prominent universities in Islamabad, namely Bahria, Air, and National Defence Universities, have been closed indefinitely due to security concerns. This decision follows a search operation conducted by security agencies on the outskirts of Islamabad. The abrupt closure, communicated to students late at night, has also impacted the scheduling of final examinations. The heightened security measures in the federal capital, attributed to the upcoming elections and ongoing sit-ins by Baloch protesters, have further contributed to the tense environment.
These closures and security measures come in the wake of escalating violence and terror-related incidents in the country, as evidenced by the significant surge in violence-related fatalities and injuries in 2023, marking a six-year high. The annual security report released by the Centre for Research and Security Studies (CRSS) highlighted the alarming increase in violence, particularly in provinces such as Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan. The closure of these universities underscores the pervasive impact of security challenges on various facets of life in the region, including academic activities and institutional operations.