Pakistani students deported from foreign countries
57 Pak students deported in 7 years
Islamabad, July 30: As many as 57 Pakistani students have been deported from
foreign countries, allegedly involved in suspected terrorism and other
illegal activities, during the last seven years.
Among the 57
deported Pakistani students, 27 were deported from China, 17 from Cuba,
one from Switzerland, one from Serbia, one from Netherlands and 10 from
the United Kingdom.
During a Senate question hour, Foreign Affairs
Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi informed that the charges on these
Pakistani students include breaking the university and local laws, not
paying the tuition fee, poor discipline, assault on police officers,
suspected involvement in terrorist plots and being threats to the UK
Pakistani missions, in a written reply he said,
provided all possible assistance to those students, during their study
program, before and after their expulsion.
The missions provided
lawyers' access to the students in the countries where the local laws
allowed. However, no access to the lawyers was provided to the students
studying under scholarship program-mes, which were fully funded by the
host governments. Those students were deported on disciplinary grounds,
the Minister informed.
He further added that the government has taken
every possible measure to request the host governments to revise their
decisions regarding the expulsion of these students. To another
question, the Minister informed the upper house that as many as 19
Pakistanis are being currently detained at the US detention facility in
A team of the Pakistani embassy, in Afghanistan, has visited
Bagram and met with the concerned authorities for the release of
Pakistan detainees, said the Minister.
A formal request has also been made to the US embassy in Kabul for the release of these detainees.
joint task force 435, which is dealing with the Bagram detainees, have
recommended to the concerned authorities to hand over the detainees to
the Pakistani authorities, he informed.
"Our embassy is continuing to
pursue the matter with the US embassy, in Kabul, for these Pakistani
detainees, in the US detention centre in Bagram," he added. The nation
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Youth parliamentarians pay homage to crash victims
Islamabad: Youth Prime Minister Hassan Javed Khan, who lost his
life in the tragic incident of Airblue plane crash in Margallah Hills on
Wednesday, had so many plans to make the last four-day session of the
Youth Parliament Pakistan (YPP) 2009-10 a memorable event.
Unfortunately, the last session became memorable but because of the
death of Javed and his six other colleagues.
With their eyes
filled with tears and grief writ large on their faces, Members Youth
Parliament (MYPs) dedicated last session of YPP 2009-10 to their
friends, who lost their lives in the plane crash. The session started
with one-minute silence in the memory of those, who lost their lives and
a joint prayer for the families and souls of the departed.
session was also joined by the family members of Hassan Javed Khan who
are currently in the city and are passing through the painful procedure
of collecting the dead body of their beloved son. As the body is
unrecognisable, the couple has given blood test and is waiting for the
result. "It is a very hard time. May Allah give us strength to bear this
grief," said Javed's mother, who broke into tears many times while
listening to the good words said by her son's colleagues during the
session. She said that Hassan was about to leave for higher studies in
Youth Parliament members said that bodies of three
MYPs have been recognised and handed over to the families that include
Youth Minister for Culture, Sports and Youth Affairs Prem Chand, Youth
Information Minister Syeda Rubab Zehra Naqvi and Youth Shadow Minister
for Information Bilal Jamaee. "The families of other three are waiting
for the results of DNA test," said MYP Hanan Abbasi.
late Youth Shadow Minister for Information Bilal Jamaee also attended
the reference organised in the memory of departed MYPs at the start of
the second day. The MYPs mounted poster sized pictures of their lost
colleagues on the wall and lit candles. They also organised Qura'an
Khwani in the evening.
The house started its proceedings with a
Calling Attention Notice by Hassan Taseem Ahmed that invited the
attention of the speaker towards tragic incident. The Calling Attention
Notice was followed a resolution presented by MYPs Ayesha Bilal Bhatti
and Ehsan Naveed Irfan. At the end they played a clipping prepared by
MYPs as a tribute for their colleagues.
The resolution mentioned,
"the house mourns death of the six youth parliamentarians, who were
assets of this country. The house extends its deepest condolence to
their families and friends and demand that the inquiry regarding the
plane crash should be held in an efficient and speedy manner so that
such disastrous incidents can be avoided in the future."
aggrieved members looked visibly shocked and in the state of disbelief
as most of them found it hard to control their tears while expressing
love for their colleagues. Every member was given a chance to speak and
share memories regarding their lost colleagues. "It is painful not to
see Bilal's face around. He was so particular about attending the
session regularly and never missed even a single one proceeding but this
time was destined not to attend the last session," said Isbaur Rehman.
Ali Khoro from Sindh was the only MYP from Sindh who missed the
unfortunate flight, as he had to come two days before the schedule. "We
used to discuss politics and resolutions through out our way to
Islamabad. We were like a team," he added.
The MYPs vowed to take
forward the mission of those who lost their lives. "Our biggest tribute
to our deceased members could be to carry out their mission and vision
for which our six members were travelling and lost their lives," they
They protested against the marking of the coffin of one of
their colleague Prem Chand as 'Kafir.' "It was shocking. He could have
been marked as Hindu or non-Muslim, but using the word 'Kafir' is the
worst example of intolerance," said MYP Muneeb Afzal.
Naveed Irfan, who stayed in the hospital till early morning to help
hospital staff in identifying the body, praised the hard work of all
those involved in the operation but called for more coordinated efforts
and improved equipment. "No doubt we have dedicated people but we need
more of them with improved capacity so that they can handle the
situation in best way," he pointed out.
The MYP remembered Rubab
for her hard work and determination, praised the maturity of Syed
Arsalan Ahmad and paid tributes to the spoken skills and extraordinary
sense of humour of Bilal Jamaee. "We wish that our leadership becomes
like these six bright stars," said one MYP.
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Another feather in PMDC's cap
Islamabad: Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) has got a
pat on its back from the US government for ensuring quality medical and
dental education in the country.
During a meeting with US
Ambassador Anne W. Patterson in her office on Thursday, PMDC Registrar
Dr Ahmad Nadeem Akbar received an American government's letter, which
declared the standard of Pakistan's medical and dental education at par
with that of the US'.
Equally appreciative was Patterson of the Pakistani medical and dental community's high professional standards.
Talking after the meeting, Dr Akbar thanked the US ambassador for
her and her government's appreciation of the PMDC's work. "Such third
party analysis and views help us achieve excellence. We are ensuring
provision of quality medical and dental education to local and foreign
students in the country by all means and acknowledgement of our good
work locally and internationally boosts our confidence. We are thankful
to the American government for the appreciation," he said.
to the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council registrar, the US analysis
and comparability is used by various US educational agencies and
countries of the world as a determinant for gauging the quality of
education standards in a given country and is instrumental in grant of
education opportunities to the students of that country and job
opportunities to graduates in the US and across the globe.
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Students show their talent at FJWU
Rawalpindi: An art exhibition was held at the Fatima Jinnah Women
University on Thursday where the work of Fine Arts students was
The show assembled the thesis work of the masters
students as part of their degree requirements and featured art objects
in the field of oil painting, calligraphy, textile, graphic designing,
printmaking and photography. The students' work was displayed throughout
the buildings of Fine Arts, BCA and Communication Sciences Block. A
large number of the faculty and students appreciated their display work.
FJWU Vice Chancellor Professor Dr. Saeeda Asadullah Khan, who was the chief guest inaugurated the exhibition.
applauding the efforts of the students, she said that it was a visual
and artistic delight that reflects creativity and imagination of the
students. "It is the renewal of the traditional art and how it is being
revived in the new millennium. Keep searching for the stars and for
artists only sky is the limit", she said. The show included of the
exceptional display of the 38 students using different mediums and in
different areas of Fine Arts. The students were enthusiastic about the
work and their parents were pleased at the outcome. The discipline of
oil painting featured striking and eye catching depictions of 'textures
and cracks in 'earth', 'doors' and 'hand postures' as a visual language.
The students explored different themes in printmaking like imaginative
aspirations and dreams, beautifully and with unique angles, etc. In the
discipline of calligraphy the students of FJWU worked on dynamic pieces
of art influenced by Islamic Art in Calligraphy such as a combination of
the Islamic Art 'Kufic' and 'Naskh' calligraphy portraying the verses
of the Holy Qura'an. Teaching of 'Nafs' in Islam and composing Qura'anic
verses and 'Hadith' related to it in 'Kufic' and 'Naskh'. Creating
calligraphy in 3-D forms of Faith in Allah.
The exhibition was a
blend of unique art objects truly portraying the creativity of the
students. The unique work done in the discipline of ceramics surrounded
the viewer with powerful depictions of iconic figures in a pleasantly
surprising contour of mud.
In Graphic Designing the artefacts of
Ayesha Wali Khan, Gul-e-Rana, Hira Kaleem, Maimoona Shaheen, Noor
Fatima, Saba Khateeb, Sehrish Fatima, Hifza Abid, Nayab Khalid, Rida
Bakhtiar, Nadia Jehangir, Zainub Akram Barlas, Noor-ul-Ain and Salma
Iftikhar were on the display.
In textile the works of Ammara
Zafar, Ammara Zamir, Rabia Sagheer, Sobia Mobeen, Summiyah Latif Awan,
Mubeen Ajmal Khan, Nabeela Naz, Sandeela Chaudhry, Anam Khushi and
Mahjabeen were displayed. The news
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Varsities urged to focus on genuine research
Mansehra: Creative and genuine research is the hallmark of the
universities and the basic duty of a varsity teacher is to explore and
generate new ideas and innovative techniques for their recognition in
the modern scientific world.
This was stated by Prof Dr Syed
Sakhawat Shah, Vice-Chancellor of the Hazara University, while speaking
at the concluding session of three-day symposium organised with
collaboration of Higher Education Commission on Thursday.
the recent past, research in life sciences has recorded great
breakthroughs by opening news possibilities to focus on both classical
and applied research. The phenomenal discoveries in genetic engineering
and cloning for boosting and enhancing the agriculture production,
improving the seed and breeds with the application of advanced DNA
technology have been solving the challenging problems of basic food
needs to the population around the world, Mr Sakhawat informed.
He said expanding horizons due to research oriented competitive base
required active collaboration and cooperation among the researchers
throughout the world.
The vice-chancellor said that the
research culture would have to be given top priority to feed our rapidly
increasing population. It is astonishing to note that the research
development allocation in the industrialised countries was much higher
as compared to the Third World countries, where even the clean drinking
water was not available to teeming millions who live n slums, he added.
"We hope that this symposium must strive to develop the basic research
facilities and the object of the research scientists must be to explore
facts and truths with the maximum degree of precision and accuracy while
dealing with the statistical data in this regard", he said.
The symposium will be useful if it comes up with a clear roadmap for
overcoming the problems encountered by the students and teachers. In
this regard, the basic concept of research, the research approaches for
writing these and to public papers in the internationally recognised
journals should be given special focus, maintained Mr Sakhawat.
Researchers and representatives of more than 58 research institutes and
universities shared their valuable experience, knowledge and views
during the symposium. Dawn
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Students showcase projects
Islamabad: Institute of Space Technology (IST) on Thursday
showcased the projects of the students of Aerospace Engineering and
Almost 27 Projects jointly developed by 52
students of IST included wind tunnel project, design and fabrication of
cockpit stimulator of ATR-42-500 (aircraft), flight dynamics models of
aircraft flight stimulator, design and control of CNC router machine.
projects of communication included design and development of low power
cost satellite imaging payload using COTS with fault tolerance. App
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IIUI school launch
Launching of the International Islamic University public schools and media briefing by the IIUI President Dr
Anwar Hussain Siddiqui will be held at the Faisal Mosque Auditorium at
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A lecture on "Rule of law problems in Pakistan: the case of daughter's traditional share in patrimony in the Punjab", to be
delivered by Dr Azam Chaudhry, Associate Professor, National Institute
of Pakistan Studies (NIPS), Quaid-i-Azam University at the Trust for
Voluntary Organisations (TVO), 28 Embassy Road, G-6/4 at 5pm. Dawn
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