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UET Asia Pacific conference | Students for jihad against blasphemy

UET Asia Pacific student conference kicks off today
Lahore, April 26, 2008: The University of Engineering and Technology (UET) is hosting a three-day Asia Pacific Student Professional Conference (APSPC) 2008 from today (Saturday).

The UET Department of Architecture and Planning is organising the event with several multinational companies. Students from India and Singapore will also participate in the conference.

APSPC Chief Organiser Muhammad Tayyeb said that various activities and events would be held at the conference. He said that the conference would be the first of its kind in Pakistan. "There will be three main events Technical Poster Competition, Computer Aided Design Competition, and Technical Presentation," he said.

UET to host all Pakistan Poetry Competition: The UET Literary Society will host an All Pakistan Poetry Competition on April 29. Students from several universities will participate. The annual mushaira will be held the next day.

Maths exhibit at NMST
Lahore: A 16-day international exhibition entitled " Experience Mathematics" began on Friday at the National Museum of Science and Technology (NMST).

University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Vice Chancellor Muhammad Akram Khan inaugurated the exhibition. He highlighted the role of mathematics in everyday life and hoped that both students and the general public would benefit from the concepts presented in the exhibition. Daily Times

LCWU Pharm-D result
Lahore: The Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) on Friday declared the result of Pharm-D, 5th professional (session 2002-2007).As many as 41 candidates had appeared in the said examination while 33 of them were declared succes.

Co-curricular activities at PU
Lahore: In connection with its ongoing 125th year celebrations, the Punjab University is organising co-curricular activities and competitions, including Qirat, Naat, debates, Mushaira, etc from May 14-17. According to a press statement issued on Friday, the Co-Curricular Activities Committee of the PU would conduct different inter-departmental competitions, according to following schedule. On May 14, Naat and Qirat competitions would be organised, on May 15, the bilingual declamation contest (Urdu and English) and mind quest competition, on May 16, Punjabi Mushaira while on May 17, the prize distribution ceremony will be held to distribute prizes among the position holders.

LWCU to sign MoU with Bangladeshi varsity
Lahore: The Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) and the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Dhaka, have decided to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in the coming month.

According to a press release issued on Friday, Prof Muhammad Delwar Hussain from the BUET Dhaka held a meeting with LCWU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Bushra Mateen in this connection. LCWU Registrar Shaista Vine, Dean of Natural Sciences Prof Dr Kausar Cheema and Dean of IT and Engineering Prof Dr Farhat Saleemi were also present on the occasion.

The MoU would be supervised by Prof Muhammad Delwar Hussain and Prof Dr Kausar Cheema.

Both universities are already conducting joint research with reference to arsenic and fluoride contamination of drinking water and their effects on health. According to the MoU, they will conduct research in the field of Environment for Hazard Mapping and Substantial Development, besides jointly working in the IT sector and its application in the field of Environmental Education. The faculty and students will also be exchanged in accordance with an agreement. Both universities will start training courses and split PhD programmes for students, as well.

Students for jihad against blasphemy, Sarabjit's release
Lahore: Hundreds of students belonging to different students unions on Friday demanded waging a jihad against Denmark and the Netherlands for their blasphemous caricatures and movie, and expulsion of their ambassadors and a halt to official moves to pardon Indian terrorist Sarabjit Singh and make a hero out of him.

Dubbing Ansar Burney as in Indian agent, the students warned that if Sarabjit Singh was released then all students unions would launch joint movement against the government.

These demands were made by various student leaders while addressing a Hurmat-e-Rasool (SAW) conference outside Lahore Press Club on Friday evening. The moot was held under the aegis of Tulaba Jamaatud Dawah.

They held the moot to condemn the blasphemy of the Prophet (SAW) by western media and regimes besides the movie by a Dutch lawmaker that ridiculed The Quran.

Students of various unions affiliated with different political parties reached the Lahore Press club in shape of rallies, chanting slogans and holding banners and placards. They blocked the road, which caused traffic jams on Davis Road, Empress Road and Edgerton road at the rush hour.

The speakers demanded boycott of western products, culture and promotion of Islamic teachings at the grassroots level. They also demanded abolishing GRE tests for admissions at university level, release of national hero Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan and awarding him due honour. Addressing the conference, president of Muttahida Tulaba Mahaz (MTM), an organisation of different students unions, Syed Raheel Shah, warned Muslim rulers against protecting western interests instead of the honour of the Prophet of Islam (SAW).

Terming the blasphemous cartoons and the film a well thought-out conspiracy by Zionists and Crusaders to avenge the spread of Islam in the west, he threatened that if an appropriate action was not taken against them at the government level then the students would be forced to launch a movement.

Tulaba Jamaatud Dawah Ameer Muzammil Iqbal Hashmi demanded that Muslim rulers must make a legislation at the global level to punish the blasphemers of the Prophet (SAW) according to Islamic code and that a complete diplomatic and trade boycott should be held of countries involved in such a heinous act.

He warned that Ansar Burney was implementing Indian designs in the garb of human rights, and demanded that he should be arrested and tried for treason. He further warned that release of Sarabjit Singh would amount to humiliate the whole nation.

MTM General Secretary Asif Khurshid said blasphemous caricatures were part of Crusade in the garb of freedom of expression. MSF-N President Rana Arshad said clergy of European countries were equally involved in the blasphemous caricatures since they defended the heinous act instead of condemning and stopping it.

Ahle Hadith Students Federation President Babar Farooq Rahimi said the Musharraf regime had taken a cowardly stance on the blasphemous caricatures, which has encouraged the culprits to repeat the offence unabashed. He said that any courageous stance by Muslim rulers could have deterred the accused from such activities much earlier. The News
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