Islamia college students clash
Controversial speech leads to clash in university
Peshawar, March 07: Speech of a television anchor led to severe firing in the air
with automatic weapons and protest demonstration on the premises of the Islamia
College University here on Saturday.
At least 12 students were taken
into custody by police from campus of the Peshawar University when they tried to
create disturbance in a programme where an anchor of a private television
channel Zaid Hamid was busy speaking to the students, police and students said.
The students also staged a protest demonstration and tried to chase the
speaker but police controlled the situation by arresting the leading protesters.
It was learnt that some students had also opened fire in the air but police did
not confirm it.
An official of the campus police station said that
a group of students had tried to beat the speaker Zaid Hamid but the personnel
took timely action and overcame the situation.
The police source said
the programme had been arranged despite the police reports about the possible
reaction but the university administration did not pay attention to the reports
of security agencies and permitted the programme.
However, a student
Tariq Afghan of Pakhtun Students Federation told this correspondent that the
students had pelted stones at the car of the TV anchor and chanted slogans
The workers of Islamia College, another source said, had
also shouted slogans against Zaid Hamid and condemned the university
administration for giving permission to hold the programme. The IJT workers also
displayed posters against the speaker.
"The students also chanted
slogans against NWFP governor and university administration for what they
described as an attempt to disrupt the peaceful atmosphere of the campus through
controversial speakers," the source said.
The Amn Tehrik leaders
including Idress Kamal, managed to get the students released and held a
demonstration against such speakers.
Mr Kamal said the Amn Tehrik
leaders would hold a press conference on Monday against Zaid Hamid and those who
had permitted him to speak in the university.
"We have already suffered
a lot due to the suicide bombers and militants and do not want those promoting
the extremists," he said. Dawn
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Kidnapping of KUST Vice Chancellor
Peshawar: After observing no significant development in efforts for the recovery of the
kidnapped vice-chancellor of the Kohat University of Science and Technology
(KUST), his family and friends have sought the help of the President and the
Chief Justice of Pakistan to secure his release.
"We, the sisters,
brothers and other family members of Dr Lutfullah Kakakhel request President
Asif Ali Zardari to help recover the vice-chancellor who has been in the
captivity of the kidnappers for the past four months," said an open letter by
the family of the missing educationist.
They also asked Chief Justice Iftikhar
Mohammad Chaudhry to help recover the educationist who promoted information
technology across the province.
"Dr Lutfullah is a creative and
hardworking scientist who created opportunities for many Pakistanis in the
University of Peshawar and later in Kohat. He established the Department for
Computer Science at UoP in 1984," recalled the open letter addressed to the
"He established several technical institutes in various
districts of the province while serving as an advisor to the then governor of
NWFP. He is author of several books. The services rendered by the educationist
cannot be erased from history," said the letter.
The family of Dr
Lutfullah is concerned about his health as he was suffering from high blood
pressure, impaired cholesterol, fatigue and weakness. "The government seems
least bothered to recover the educationist," the family members
Earlier the matter was discussed on a number of occasions
with NWFP Governor Owais Ahmed Ghani, who also happens to be the chancellor of
KUST as well as administrative head of the tribal areas.
who served as an advisor to the former NWFP governor Lt Gen (R) Iftikhar Hussain
Shah on education and information technology, was kidnapped from Akhurwal area
in the restive Darra Adamkhel while on way from Kohat to his home in Peshawar on
November 6 last year.
His driver and another companion were later freed
while there have been no reports about his whereabouts. Despite a decisive
operation launched in Darra Adamkhel and other towns of the semi-tribal Frontier
Regions of Kohat and Peshawar, the security forces could not recover the missing
The students and teachers of the KUST as well as
University of Peshawar (UoP) and other institutions staged protest to press the
government for early recovery of Dr Lutfullah. Daily times
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Annual day celebrated
Peshawar: The students enthralled the audience with poetry, plays and tableau as the
Elizabeth Girls School and College celebrated its annual day here
The nursery rhymes, national songs, skits and characterisation
of eminent literati of the past impressed the audience, who were mostly parents.
The ceremony was arranged under the supervision of the Edwardes School
and College at the Elizabeth Girls School and College in Dabgari Garden, where
two hundred students are enrolled.
The programme started behind the
schedule due to rain. The children of class third, fourth and fifth welcomed the
chief guest, Bishop of Church of Pakistan Sarfaraz Humphrey Peter by performing
a classical dance.
Administrator of the Edwardes School and College,
Cornelius Asghar in his address said the ceremony was an annual feature, which
was meant for boosting co-curricular talent of the students.
she had preferred to study in the institution, Rawish Ilyas, a student of BA 4th
year, said that the quality of education and friendly educational
environment was the main reason for being at this seat of learning.
Faiz, who has been teaching Islamic History, Islamic education and Law at the
institution for the last 15 years, said she had had a long stay at the
institution as it was a friendly place for both teachers and students and was
reputed for its high standard of education.
The chief guest in his
speech said it was heartening to see the children taking part in co-curricular
activities. "Our aim is to impart the best possible education to the children
along with providing them co-curricular activities which was equally important
to shape their personality," he added. The news
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