Malala Yousafzai condems burning down of 12 schools,
Police are yet to arrest anyone linked to the attacks claimed by no group so far.
Youngest ever Nobel Laureate and education activist Malala Yousafzai has strongly condemned the burning down of 12 schools, half of them all-girls', in Pakistan, saying the "extremists" have shown that a "girl with a book" frightens them the most.
The schools were burnt down late Friday by unidentified assailants in coordinated attacks in Pakistan's Gilgit-Baltistan, triggering protest by local residents who sought safety for educational institutions.
"The extremists have shown what frightens them most - a girl with a book," Malala, 21, said in a tweet.
She also called for the rebuilding of the damaged schools in Chilas town, about 130-kilometre from Gilgit.
Imran Khan, who is set to become Pakistan's new Prime Minister, also condemned the attack, terming it an "unacceptable" act.
"Shocking & condemnable torching of schools in GB, more than half of them girls' schools. This is unacceptable and we will ensure security for schools as we are committed to focusing on education, especially girls' education which is integral to Naya Pakistan," Khan said in a tweet.
Earlier that year, unidentified assailants had also blown up two girls' schools.
Terrorists have also blown up educational institutions in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).
According to a report, about 1,500 schools have been destroyed in the tribal belt during the last 10 years.
In 2017, the Human Rights Watch (HRW) in its report stated that attacks by the Taliban and other militant groups disrupted the education of hundreds of thousands of children, particularly girls, in Pakistan.
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