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Quaid-i-Azam University former employees

QAU reluctant to restore 2 staffers
Islamabad, Dec 06 : Defying the orders of Labour Court Islamabad, the administration of Quaid-i-Azam University is using delaying tactics to impede the reinstatement of its two former employees of grade-1 who were compulsory retired on false charges.

Muhammad Shabbir, ex-bearer, university's boys hostel, and Muhammad Shahid, cook of a mess at the university, were compulsory retired by the university levelling false charges of misconduct as the employees had refused to obey the university's decision to work under a contractor.

The employees refused to work and went on strike, as, according to them, it was unjust to ask the government employees to work under the supervision of a contractor. Both Muhammad Shabbir and Muhammad Shahid were leading the employees on the issue so they were targeted by the administration and disciplinary proceedings were initiated against them by serving a charge-sheet back in March 2004. At that time UA Ahsani was the vice chancellor of the university.

The employees were charge sheeted on account of their involvement in the activity of unlawful trafficking of contraband one-and-a-half litre liquor by a sweeper. During the inquiry they were proved guilty and compulsory retired despite that the employees had expressed their reservation on the members of the inquiry committee.

After that the employees moved the court against the decision and the court after years of hearing in its detailed judgement on November 24 has set aside the decision of compulsory retirement from service and converted into withholding of two increments and reinstated the employees into service with back benefits.

The judgement order available with The Nation states that "the available evidence was very weak, therefore, such a harsh action was not warranted against the petitioner. The penalty ought to have been awarded in commensurate with gravity of the offence and not beyond that.

Circumstances of the case, factually calls for lesser penalty and withholding of two increments from pay of the petitioner would suffice in this case".

It further stated that except statement of the sweeper no other evidence was available to the respondent against the petitioner. And nothing has been placed on record that they were ever found under the influence of liquor or any one witnessed them taking, possessing, transporting, or selling liquor or supplying the same to anyone else. So there was no evidence available to the inquiry committee to proceed against the petitioner.

But the university administration instead of implementing the orders has been considering moving the high court to further prolong the implementation. The poor employees and their families have already suffered a lot for almost seven years due to loss of jobs and to get justice and now the refusal of the university administration to implement the decision can be a fatal blow for them.

The Registrar of the University, Shafiq-ur-Rehman, when contacted said, "We cannot deny the court decision as we have not got the court decision yet to implement it. We have asked our lawyer to contact the court so that the decision can be implemented." He said the rumours to move the high court on the issue were baseless.

The Vice Chancellor of QAU, Masoom Yaseenzai, was also contacted repeatedly to get his point of view but he did not attend his cell phone.

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QAU holds crafts exhibition
Islamabad: The Department of History, Quaid-i-Azam University organized arts and crafts exhibition with an aim to provide platform to the students to exhibit their talents and regional cultures.

The exhibition was jointly organized by the students and the faculty of the Department of History. Vice Chancellor of Quaid-i-Azam University Prof Dr Masoom Yasinzai inaugurated the exhibition and appreciated the efforts of the students and faculty. Students displayed almost 600 items of their artwork in four different categories including personal art and creativity, regional crafts, collections and display of talent.

The purpose of the initiative was to educate the students to cherish and celebrate diversity instead of intolerance that leads to violence "The exhibition is a huge success since it has achieved the desired aim of creating a sense of unity" said Fouzia Farooq a faculty member of the department.

The participation of the students was overwhelming good that brought not only items representing culture of all provinces but the novel pieces of art created by them. Different regional stalls were allocated to the students from each region where they stood and explained their arts and crafts to the visitors. There were also live performances of Rubab, Sattar, Tabla and Balochi Chapp (musical instrument) by the students, which were appreciated by all. The response from the students and faculty of other departments of the Quaid-i-Azam University was enormous.

The students from other universities of twin cities also visited the exhibition.

Quaid-i-Azam UniversityThe exhibition was a successful attempt to reflect the soft image of Pakistan and to promote regional harmony. The nation

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Schools receive new threats
Peshawar: Different schools in the suburban areas of the provincial metropolis have received fresh threats from militants, asking the staff and students to avoid these institutions as they are promoting 'infidelity', according to sources.

They said that the threatening pamphlets purportedly issued by a hitherto unknown group 'Jamaatul Tawheed Wal Jihad' were pasted on the walls of some schools.

Senior Superintendent Police Ijaz Khan, when contacted, confirmed that the threats were received by several schools in Gulbarg and Bahana Mari areas.

"We will provide security to these educational institutions to ward off any sabotage act," he said.

"We inform all the teachers, watchmen, school transporters and particularly students and their parents to avoid these educational institutions, which promote infidelity. It is better to stop here then repenting later. So far the blowing up of schools was a warning, after it everyone would be responsible for themselves," the pamphlet said.

It added that their jihad would continue against infidels till implementation of the divine law as the present system was against Islam. The Pakistan government committed intolerable atrocities against the Mujahideen, seminaries, mosques and the Holy Quran, it alleged.

"Thousands of innocent children, women and elderly people have been killed in the military operations in Bajawar, Waziristan and Mohmand agencies and Swat," the pamphlet, carrying the name of Ameer Abu Mansoor Al-basharwi, said.

A resident of Nauthia, an area adjacent to Peshawar Cantonment, said that in their area women teachers of private schools started wearing burqa after receiving the threatening pamphlets. "The fresh threats have spread fear and panic among the teachers, students and their parents," he said.

Sources said that pamphlets were received by schools in Regi, Gulbarg, Nauthia, Bhana Mari and other areas.

SSP Ijaz Ahmed Khan said that security would be provided to those schools, which received the threatening pamphlets. "It is an old modus operandi of militants just to spread panic among people," he said.

Regarding security measures adopted by police, he said that police in plain clothes were deputed on the schools.

"I have directed the police officers concerned to visit such schools frequently and keep check on suspected elements," he said.

He added that the watchmen of the schools were provided guns, asking them to be vigilant and remain on the rooftops of the schools and inform police in case of movements of suspected elements in the areas.

Militants have destroyed more than a dozen schools on the outskirts of Peshawar during the last two months.

Since emergence of militancy in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, so far more than 700 schools have been destroyed, depriving many students of their basic right of getting education. Dawn

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