On the principal’s desk at the Peshawar’s Government High School for Boys sits a screen beaming surveillance video from around the campus.
In one of the desk’s drawers, within easy reach of Abdul Saeed’s right hand, lies a fully loaded pistol.
A teacher for 15 years, Saeed argues that bringing a gun to school reassures his students, who are still terrified after a brazen attack on the Army Public School and Degree College in December, when Taliban militants stormed the building and massacred dozens of students during a six-hour siege.
“They would look to the door every time they heard a sound. Now when they see me wearing a gun, they need not worry and can focus on the task at hand, which is to educate themselves,” Saeed says.