Kohat University VC released after 8 months
Kidnapped VC reaches home after 8 months
Kohat, June 23: The vice-chancellor of Kohat University of Science and
Technology, Dr Lutfullah Kakakhel, was released on Tuesday after successful
negotiations with Taliban, who kept him in captivity for eight months, sources
The educationist was kidnapped from Akhorwal area in Darra
Adamkhel on November 6, 2009.
The Tariq Afridi group of Taliban had
claimed responsibility for his kidnapping. He was going to Peshawar from Kohat
along with his friend when armed men intercepted his official vehicle and
whisked him away to unknown location.
Sources said that Taliban had
agreed to release him in exchange of 60 militants, who were in the custody of
armed forces. But after sometime Taliban refused to release the vice-chancellor,
alleging that 27 of the said militants were killed in the custody of army and
their bodies were thrown in a graveyard in Darra Adamkhel.
was first shifted to lower Orakzai Agency reportedly from where Taliban took him
to Dabori area in upper Orakzai Agency. The area remained under heavy aerial
strikes during the past several months.
It is learned that Taliban had
been demanding Rs50 million and release of four top commanders to free the
vice-chancellor. According to unconfirmed reports government had released three
commanders including a close aide of Tariq Afridi. The commander, who belongs to
Punjab, was arrested five months ago in Hayatabad, Peshawar.
vice-chancellor has been released in the same area from where he was kidnapped.
I have shifted him to the Governor's House safely and now he is with his family
after eight months," said Kohat commissioner, when contacted.
query, he said that government had neither released any militant nor paid ransom
for his release. Immense pressure was put on Taliban to free him
unconditionally, he added.Meanwhile, the tribal lashkar and police arrested
ringleader of a group of professional kidnappers during operation in Ghurzandi
area on the second consecutive day on Tuesday.
The armed lashkar and
police raided a house in Ghurzandi area and captured Gul Waray, a resident of
Feroze Khel in Orakzai Agency. However, the second kidnapped person could not be
recovered for whose recovery the joint action was in progress till filing of
The armed tribesmen released one of the kidnapped persons
from the clutches of the abductors and arrested six members of the gang from
Lachi on Sunday last.
Two persons, Fazal Kareem and Waqas, belonging to
Nasrat Khel, were kidnapped by a criminal gang on May 1. The armed lashkar from
Bagato area of Hangu got information that they had been kidnapped by criminals,
who were hiding in Ghorzandi area in Kohat. During exchange of fire one of the
kidnapped perosns, Fazal Kareem, managed to escape from the custody of the
Meanwhile, 13 wanted men including vice president of Ghazi
Rajab Khan Organisation surrendered to police in Muhammadzai village on Tuesday.
The men belonging to the militant organisation were wanted by police in
murder, kidnappings and other criminal cases. Police had been conducting raids
at their houses for their arrest for the last several months but they managed to
escape. However the elders of the organisation forced them to surrender to avoid
operation in the area. Dawn
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Prof Dr Sultan set to become KMC principal
Peshawar: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has finally decided to replace
Khyber Medical College principal Prof Dr Nargis Parveen with the senior most
physician and widely respected teacher, Prof Dr Sultan Mahmud.
the health secretariat said a decision about appointing Prof Dr Sultan Mahmud as
principal of KMC had been made and the summary sent to Chief Minister Ameer
Haider Khan Hoti.
According to sources, the decision was made after
growing complaints by the college faculty members as well as students against
the alleged poor administrative performance of Dr Nargis
"Standard of the college was falling with the each passing day.
The faculty members as well as students were worried about the future of this
prestigious medical institution," said an official at the health secretariat.
He said the decision to find a suitable replacement took several days to
managers of the health department and finally all were unanimous on Prof Dr
Sultan Mahmud.The official said Prof Dr Sultan Mahmud, who is the senior most
faculty member (BP-21) was appointed the new KMC principal with consensus among
all the officials. He also said Prof Dr Sultan Mahmud would face a lot of
problems in bringing the college out of present crisis.
According to the
officials, Prof Dr Sultan even deserved the post before appointment of Dr Nargas
as principal of the college, which was denied to him due to reasons best known
to the provincial government.
Before his nomination, the sources said,
Prof Dr Sultan was properly consulted who willingly accepted the post and
promised he would make every effort for restoring previous glory to the
Prof Dr Sultan has a rich medical background. He did his MBBS
from KMC in 1975, and was declared the best graduate of the college. He was
rewarded gold medal. After passing his MBBS with distinction, Dr Sultan later
went to the United Kingdom and did his MRCP and FRCP. Prof Dr Sultan is at
present head of medicine department at the KMC and Khyber Teaching Hospital
He has served as education director for the KMC for 12
years and was the first dean of faculty of medicine and allied sciences of the
Khyber Medical University (KMU).When reached by telephone, Prof Dr Sultan said
he had heard about his new assignment but personally he had not received any
official notification yet.
Asked about his priorities after appointment
as KMC principal, he said, "My first priority will be restoring old glory to
this prestigious institution which unfortunately has been lost." Prof Dr Sultan
said he would bring reforms in all sectors of the college, particularly in its
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Comsats institute awards scholarship to nine students
Islamabad: Comsats Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) awarded
scholarships to nine deserving students in the ceremony organised here on
The students who received scholarships were on merit but could
not pay their fee due to their financial constraints.
would cover the four semesters of Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and
six semesters of Bachelors in Business Administration while the fee of the rest
of the course would be paid according to the students' performance.
is the first cycle of scholarships granted to students paid under 'endowment
fund', which was announced during the convocation ceremony of CIIT in April 2009
where Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani announced Rs10 million for the fund,
which is never received.
According to the CIIT officials they made
repeated requests to the PM reminding him of his announcement but all went in
Later on in 2010, a letter has been written to President Asif Ali
Zardari, who is also the Patron of CIIT, to grant Rs100 million for the
endowment fund but this effort also didn't prove to be fruitful as the President
again referred to PM who again asked them to seek fund from Ministry of Science
Now the endowment fund is raised by the donations from
higher authorities which granted scholarships to nine students this year and
will increase the number of students every year.
The students who
received scholarships include Sultan Rahim (Islamabad), Asman Hayat (Islamabad),
Zia-ul-Islam (Wah Cantt), Hamid Ali Shah (Abbottabad), Sadaat Ilyas
(Abbottabad), Maira Kanwal (Attock), Farhan Ali (Lahore), Sarah Khan (Lahore)
and Iqra Asif (Sahiwal).
The story of a courageous young lady Asma Hayat
is thought provoking for the people sitting in the power corridors. The
convincingly deserving girl lost her father in a bomb blast at D.I. Khan
followed by death of her brother who died in a road accident only a year after
Hayat is a student of BBA and intend to specialise in Finance
Management in future. "I would have been unable to continue my education and
fulfil my dream if I was not granted with this scholarship," she
According to her there were number of deserving students like her
who if provided with proper opportunities could play tremendous role in
Comsats Executive Director Dr Imtinan Elahi
emphasised the need to expand the scheme to an extent where each student in need
of financial assistance could take benefit from this scholarship. "We are
planning to increase the number of students awarded scholarships every year
where the number would hopefully reach 15,000 in 2016," he said.
Registrar Dr Arshad S Malik said that besides endowment funds they were having
many other projects where students were provided with free education. "We are
providing free education to the 45 students of D.I Khan in which we are not
receiving a single penny either from the government or from the student," he
He said that they had also announced free education for the 125
students of Balochistan however only 10 students availed this opportunity.
Moreover they are providing education on subsidised rates to the hundreds of
students belonging to Fata or Fana.
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Kohat varsity fails to provide roll number slips
Parachinar: Several students of the Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of
Science (BSc) from Kurram Agency could not appear in the fist paper on Tuesday
as the Kohat University failed to provide them roll number slips in time,
The sources said BA and BSc examinations got underway and
first paper - Islamiyat (compulsory) - was scheduled for Tuesday but several
students were not allowed to enter the examination hall because they did not
have the roll number slips.
The students made pleas to the examination
staff that it was not their fault but to no avail.The affected students later
staged a protest to voice their resentment at the negligence on the part of the
Kohat University staff and demanded action by the higher
Some of the students, Abdullah, Javed and Mohammad Ghulam
who missed the paper said that the Kohat University was meting step
motherly treatment to the students from Kurram Agency.
students demanded of the university authorities to provide them roll number
slips so that they could appear in the remaining papers. They also requested the
governor and other relevant authorities to take action against the erring staff
of the examination department of the university whose irresponsible action
caused them academic loss. The news
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QAU ready to affiliate Islamabad colleges, says VC
Islamabad: Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) is ready to affiliate
Islamabad colleges, said QAU Vice Chancellor Masoom Yasinzai on
Talking to this news agency, he said Leader of the House in
Senate Syed Nayar Hussain Bukhari some months ago had requested to affiliate the
Islamabad colleges with the university.
The university is committed to
promote quality education, therefore, it wants to produce quality students in
these colleges, he said.
The major motive of the university to affiliate
these colleges is to produce quality stuff for itself, he added.
purpose, the university doesn't need money as colleges bear the expenses
themselves, he said.
He said the university was determined to bring these
colleges under its umbrella very soon and by doing so the education standard of
these colleges would be elevated to higher level as QAU is a leading university
of the country.
Initially, QAU offered degree programmes in MPhil and
PhD but later it launched Masters level courses in 1970.
While in 2010
the inclusion of BS programme in the charter has been planned, he
The university has already geared up to start BS (4 years)
programme in a few disciplines from fall semester 2010.
He urged the
government to release funds to complete some of the important projects that were
pending due to lack of sufficient funds.
Number of Baloch students
doubled: The QAU has doubled the number seats for Baloch students, said QAU Vice
Chancellor Dr Masoom Yasinzai during a meeting with Baloch students on
Resources don't matter nowadays as those who have knowledge can
rule the world, he added.
International Islamic University in association
with Dawa Academy randomly selected a delegation of around 100 students from
far-flung areas of Balochistan.
The aim of the selection of students from
Balochistan was to impart them leadership and decision making training. app
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Academia-industry linkage vital to boost economy
Islamabad: A well-organized academia-industry linkage can better help
generate employment opportunities and boost national economy as well, said Dr.
Aftab Ahmad, Director Foundation University Institute of Engineering and
Management Sciences (FUIEMS) here on Tuesday.
In an interview, he said research in highest learning institutes is now not a choice but a
compulsion to walk with fast progressing nations at the global
"The Foundation University aspires to establish itself as an
esteemed research and teaching educational institution, committed to
intellectual leadership through academic excellence," he said. Dr. Aftab said
business giants entirely depend upon research activities that help promote their
businesses, but there should be research-oriented minds to cash in on their
"The universities have become centres of
excellence for research activities in the developed countries where private
companies invest millions of dollars for technological advancements," he
The institute was established in December 1998 to provide high
quality education that conforms to the international standards. Following the
grant of charter to the Foundation University, FUIEMS became one of its
constituent institutes in October 2002.
Dr. Aftab Ahmad said given the
growing challenges in the field of engineering they offer various programmes
such as Bachelor of Computer in Software Engineering, Bachelor in
Telecommunication Engineering, Master of Business Administration and PhD in
Computer and Management Sciences.
He said the Foundation University aims
at achieving a prominent status at the national and international level by
creating a dynamic educational environment for teaching, learning, research,
innovation, leadership and public service.
The institute has 32 permanent
and 40 visiting faculty members while number of students in MBA courses is 263,
MPhil 31 and PhD is 31. A total of 633 students are studying in various courses
including BSCE, BSSE, BSCS, BSTE and BBA. Dr. Aftab Ahmad said there is a great
potential in the field of information technology but, unfortunately, most of the
universities are not producing competent graduates that can grab the
opportunities at the international level.
He said they have succeeded in
creating an environment in a short span of time for a broad based education by
enabling the students to understand complexities of the 21st Century. "We are
focusing on dispassionate, rigorous and honest intellectual inquiry as core of
academic traditions and trying to depict its true reflection in the research,
scholarship, education and management," he said.
Dr. Aftab Ahmad said
Pakistan lags nothing in terms of talent and youth of this country can compete
at any level but there is a need to provide them with proper opportunities. The news
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Student kidnapped for ransom
Rawalpindi: The kidnappers demanded Rs2 million as ransom for the safe
release of a student kidnapped by a gang of five, police said on Tuesday adding
that two women were among the kidnappers.
The 16-year-old Muhammad Afaq,
a 10th class student, was kidnapped by a gang of five persons, police said and
added two of the kidnappers were women.
Muhammad Taj, the father of the
victim, complained to the RA Bazar police that five persons, including two
women, entered his house and took away his son. Later the kidnappers telephoned
the boy's parents and demanded the ransom amount for the safe release of the
Meanwhile, in another similar incident a young boy was kidnapped by
three persons who were posing themselves as the officials of the Crime
Investigation Department (CID, from Westridge, police said.
Ahmed, complained to the police that he along with his nephew Khuram was sitting
at his shop when a vehicle with blaring blue revolving light on its rooftop
stopped in front of his shop. Three of the occupants of the vehicle carrying
handcuffs got out and walked into his shop.
The men dragged his nephew
Khuram into their vehicle and also snatched cell phones from all the people
sitting at the shop and drove away. Till the filing of this report there was no
clue to the kidnappers nor the fate of the victim was clear. Dawn
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PAL working for promotion of languages
Islamabad: Pakistan Academy of Letters (PAL) is working for the promotion
of not only Urdu literature but also all Pakistani languages and it has
published selection of literature in Gujrati language for the first time in the
history of Pakistani literature.
This is said by Pakistan Academy of
Letters Chairman Fakhar Zaman on the occasion of launching of book titled
'Intekhab Pakistani Adab 1947-2008' in Gujrati language. He further said that
all Pakistani languages are equally important but Gujrati language has special
significance since it is the mother tongue of Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah.
One purpose of publication of this selection is to cover up the shortage of
literary books in Gujrati language.
He said that Gujrati language is one
of the oldest languages.
The same case is with its literature. "If we go
through Gujrati literature and its history we find it exemplary and refined
reflecting the lives and concern of the common folk that is the reason, we felt
necessary to prepare a selection of this literature." He said that this book
contains almost all important writers of Gujrati literature like Munshi
Dhorajawe, Madhosh Tirmazi, Deepak Bardolekar, Nazar Ghouri, Fazal Jam Nagri,
Dilkash Gondalvi, Ahmed Batasi, Maqbool Cachhi, Ismaeel Darvaish, Fakhar Matari,
Noor Muhammad Jamal Noor Memon, Muhammad Sadiq, Musa Bhai Memon and Umar Jeet
Puri. The book includes short stories, poems, 'ghazals', 'geets' and 'naat' etc.
He said that compiler of this book is Khatari Asmat Ali Patel who also wrote a
detail critical essay on Gujrati literature. Saeeda Durrani managed the
production of book. PAL is also publishing selection form literature of
different Pakistani languages. The news
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New poetry collection launched
Islamabad: Interest in Urdu poetry is reflected in the profusion of
books of verses that are flooding the market every other day.
week goes by when a dozen or so new poetry collections do not come out. But are
those who write verses genuine poets?
This question engaged a number of
poets who gathered at the National Language Authority (NLA) to launch Dr Kabir
Athar's new poetry collection Hijr (pangs of separation) on Monday. Dr Athar is
an orthopaedic surgeon from Rahim Yar Khan.
In the beginning, Mehboob
Khazan's pithy verses Baat yeh hai ke aadmi shayer ya to hota hai ya nahin hota
(The thing is a person is either a poet or not) was quoted.
Ziauddin Naeem observed that these days the public sees a lot of publications
professing to be poetry which are in reality an insult to this genre of
literature and bereft of poetical grace. The reason is that few poets nowadays
feel happy to submit themselves to the faculty of literary.
not mean addition of new words, said the critics. Dawn
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