Rawalpindi Teachers against punitive action: Participation in protests
RAWALPINDI, Aug 21: College teachers of Rawalpindi division will resist
any action by the provincial government against them for participating in
protests held in support of the chief justice's restoration.
us here on Monday, Punjab Professors and Lecturers Association (PPLA)
Rawalpindi division President Mohammad Ilyas Qureshi said the college teachers
from across the province had participated in the movement for restoration of
chief justice as members of the civil society which did not go well with the
Criticising the notice served on the PPLA president, Nazim
Husnain, for treason and dismissal from service, he said the government was
intimidating teachers for the offence they had not committed.
termed the allegation of treason against the teachers who participated in the
protests as ridiculous and added that the teachers would not be cowed by such
threats from the government.
"Apart from imparting education to the
students, it is our obligation to raise our voices for what we deem truth," Mr
Qureshi said, adding that the college teachers merely expressed their
fundamental right of opinion.
He said lecturers and professors were the
most patriotic community and allegations of treason against them would divert
their attention from their sacred duty of imparting education to the
Mr Qureshi said teachers were already facing hurdles in the
performance of their duties and the latest intimidation would increase their
The government should concentrate on uplifting education
standard in schools and colleges rather than harassing teachers, who were an
important pillar of the education system, he said.
Mr Qureshi said in
case the government continued to intimidate teachers, the PPLA would agitate
which would include strikes in colleges.
However, he hoped better sense
would prevail on the side of the government and it would refrain from any action
aimed at creating unrest in the colleges. Dawn
|Updated: 14 Oct, 2014|