Punjab University sectarian clash
Lahore, Dec 23: The Punjab University (PU) turned into a battlefield when two student groups, the
Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) and Imamia Student Organisation (ISO),
clashed with each other, leaving a number of students injured.
activists of both groups pelted each other with stones while some
miscreants also resorted to firing into the air, creating a panic among
the students, faculty members and employees. The PU security guards and
police present on the occasion failed to control the situation.
is learnt that the fight started when some IJT activists tried to stop
the ISO activists from holding an event scheduled to take place on
Thursday. A PU spokesman said some days ago, the IJT and ISO had
requested the administration to allow them to organise their activities,
adding that the Jamiat was allowed to hold its "Talent and Award" show
with the condition that the ISO would also be allowed to hold their
activity so that both the organisations could be treated on equally. He
said the IJT did organise its ceremony successfully a couple of days
back but it tried to disturb the ISO's activity. He said the ISO had
planned a conference while a day before the event, another organisation
pasted a poster to organise its own conference at the same venue, the
ground of Chemical Engineering deptt, at the same time.
spokesman further said the university administration had realised
gravity of the situation of the issue and informed the police
administration, adding that the police requested the PU administration
not to allow the ISO to hold their activity to avoid any untoward
incident. He said the ISO was asked to postpone the event but to no
avail. He further said that at 10:30am, both the student organisations
tried to hold their activities at the same venue which resulted in the
It is pertinent to mention here that both the
organisations were chanting slogans against each other when the PU
administration, after playing the role of a silent spectator, called the
police concerned for rescue. A heavy contingent of police reached the
scene but they stayed away and watched all the fight from a corner. The
groups threw stones at each other while shots of firing into into the
air were also heard. Later, both the parties ran away from the scene. A
number of students got injured while some PU guards also sustained
injuries in the incident.
The PU spokesman alleged the IJT
activists, including Atif Gujjar, also kidnapped two members of the PU
security force, namely Waqar Sarwar Butt and Abdul Aziz, on gunpoint and
took them to an unknown location. He alleged they had released Abdul
Aziz but Waqar Sarwar Butt was still in their custody, till filing of
ISO central information secretary Salman Abid said
the PU administration had expressed some concerns at the incident but
refused to identify some other venue for the organization to hold the
event. He alleged that Jamiat activists were carrying sticks and weapons
and had beaten ISO activists.
The PU spokesman claimed that the
administration would take action against the students, who took law into
their hand, according to the rules and regulations. He said the IJT was
responsible for firing incidents and other crimes on the campus.
the other hand, the IJT activists, in a press conference, alleged that
the PU vice-chancellor was behind the clashes. They further alleged that
the ISO programme was being sponsored by the university administration
only to fuel the sectarian sentiments. They refuted the allegations
leveled against them.
"every one knows that Jamiat is a terrorist & pro Taliban organization. They have tortured many students & teachers many time. they are torturing a innocent student of Punjab University we request media to play a role while this was Youm-e-Hussain A.S which is a common topic among Muslims & this was allowed by University Administration."
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Lahore: Punjab University on Thursday announced results of various programmes
including BA/BSc and MA/MSc. Results of BA/BSc supplementary 2011, MA
Mass Communication Part 1 annual 2011, MSc Applied Psychology Part 1
annual 2011, MA History Part 2 annual 2011, MSc Mathematics Part 1
annual 2011 and MA Fine Arts Part 1 annual 2011 were announced. The news
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10 medical, dental institutes get nod
Lahore: The Pakistan Medical and Dental Council at
its 119th general council meeting on Thursday gave approval to 10
newly-established public and private sector medical and dental colleges
in the country.
For the first time, the PMDC also
approved two government medical and dental institutes in Azad Kashmir on
the long-standing demands of Kashmiri students.
Presided over by
Prof Dr Sibtul Husnain, the general council meeting was held in
Islamabad on Thursday. More than 60 members of the council, including
principals, vice chancellors and heads of medical and dental institutes,
attended the meeting.
Of the six approved state-run medical and
dental colleges, four belong to Punjab and one each to Muzaffarabad and
Mirpurkhas, a source said.
The private medical colleges are:
Rahbar Medical College, Lahore; Aziz Fatima Medical College, Faisalabad;
Hashmat Medical College, Jalalpur Jattan, Gujrat; and Bibi Asifa Dental
The newly-established government medical
colleges are: Gujranwala Medical College, Gujranwala; Khawaja Safdar
Medical College, Sialkot; Sahiwal Medical College, Sahiwal; and Post
Graduate Medical College (for under graduates), Lahore.The source said
the PMDC general council had also given green signal to the students of
under-construction DG Khan Medical College of the Punjab government to
submit their admissions through the Quaid-iAzam Medical College, where
they were attending classes for the session 2010-11 and recently
admitted students for the session 2011-2012.
On the occasion, he
said, the PMDC constituted a committee headed by UHS Vice-Chancellor
Hussain Mubashar Malik to look into the matters pertaining to the DG
Khan Medical College like infrastructure, ongoing development work,
provision of faculty and academic issues of its students studying in
The other members on the committee are: Punjab
Health Secretary Mohammad Jahanzeb Khan, Dow Medical University, Karachi
Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Masood Hameed and Prof Dr Muhammad Rafique.
committee would submit its recommendations to the PMDC on the matters
exclusively relating to DG Khan Medical College to make it fully
functional as soon as possible.
The meeting also approved the Post
Graduate Medical College and asked the Punjab health authorities to
change college's name. Though the PG Medical College has been approved
by the PMDC, the Punjab government did not allow its administration to
admit students for the 2011-12 session.
The PMDC also issued
directions that all the newly-established government and private medical
colleges in Punjab "shall affiliate with the UHS". Dawn
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GCU hosts student congress
Lahore: Government College University Lahore on Thursday hosted the biggest Pakistan
Student Congress 2011 to bring together students with different
environments, cultures and schools of thought from all over Pakistan and
to inculcate leadership qualities to them.
GCU Vice Chancellor
Prof Dr Muhammad Khalee q-ur-Rahman and LUMS's Vice Provost Dr Shafay
Shumayl chaired the closing and opening ceremonies of the four-day
Pakistan Student Congress that was organised by the IEEE Pakistan in
collaboration with GCU Computer Sciences Department.
from 40 educational institutions including LUMS, University of
Engineering and Technology Lahore, NUST Islamabad, Military College of
Signals, PNEC Karachi and Karachi Institute of Engineering and
Technology took part in the Congress that spread over 31 sessions which
include d competitions, workshops, seminars, talks and social
The Congress kicked off with a lecture
of Google Pakistan Head Badur Khusnood on "TECHNO-PRENUERSHIP" in which
he told the students how to earn money online. The most appreciated
event of the Congress was "Campus Conversation-a career counselling
session" which was conducted by top management officials of various
universities and industries.
Talking about details of the
competitions, IEEE GCUL President Ali Turab Gillani said the NUST
Islamabad won IEEE Ethics Competition that organised events to encourage
the study and awareness of professional ethics among students.
Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman said that such
events provided great opportunity to students to exhibit their
creativity and talent, and a chance to learn from other students. The news
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MSc wetlands at UVAS
Lahore: The University of Veterinary and Animal
Sciences and Pakistan Wetlands Programme have jointly launched the first
ever master's programme in wetlands management.
Wetlands Management would offer 26 courses, including constructed
wetlands for wastewater treatment, wetlands management, wetlands
biodiversity, approaches to sustainable wetlands, wetlands conservation
management, groundwater exploitation and socio-economic and ecological
development of wetlands. Candidates having BSc degree in zoology, botany
and forestry are eligible to take admission to the programme.
Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha said Pakistan had abundant
natural resources, four seasons and wealth of livestock and agriculture.
"It is our responsibility to take care of our environment and conserve
it for generations to come," he said. Dawn
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