Rafique Chakar
The work on the building infrastructure is almost complete but it needs finishing and clearing of some debris.
Female students of Panjgur, in an attempt to receive education, are braving tough situation and political hurdles.
The construction of Girls Intercollege in Khudabadan, district Punjgur of Balochistan, was initiated in 2009 and 90 percent work on the building has been completed, but the remaining work is pending due to political opposition.
In 2013 the work on the building was halted on the eve of the elections. Since then the building has become a relic and lacks proper infrastructure and facilities.
According to a social worker Abu Bakr Sanjrani, “The halting of work on the girl’s college is due to political motives as the new government lost interest in completing the project by the previous government.”
Inside view of the building shows incomplete work.
However, despite all odds, the enthusiastic girls of the area are continuing their studies in old, broken classrooms with no tables and chairs and black boards.
College principal Madam Farzana Hashim talking to Pak Voices told, “The education system of the college is in total shambles. Besides the shortage of staff, we lack basic amenities such as drinking water and proper classrooms”.

“As the college does not have any watchman, the principal office has been vandalized several times and furniture and other equipment have been stolen”, she lamented. She said that she complained several times to the authorities concerned about the situation but to no avail.
Most part of the newly constructed building is not being used by the students as it lacks basic facilities and services.
“Due to lack of interest the problems are increasing day by day and we are finding it hard to continue the education process.  We have only one lecturer, and that too from a boy’s college”, she regretted.
Local resident Yasir Arafat talking to Pak Voices told, ”Khudabadan is one of the largest places of Panjgur and it is regrettable that the girl’s students have to quit their studies after matriculation.”
“For most families’ it is not possible to send their girls to another city for education. The Intercollege was a ray of hope for our daughters, which is now diminishing with every passing day,” he added.
Rafique Chakar is working with PakVoices as a citizen journalist from Punjgur, Balochistan.
Photographs by the writer
Edited by Aneela Riazuddin